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Title: Fruits (Ⅲ)
Supporting Information   
Stamp Title: Title: Fruits (Ⅲ)
Serial Number: 2018-18
Value in Set: 4
Denomination: 5.4 yuan
Date of Issue: 2018-07-14
Designer: Guo Zhenshan
Size of Stamp: 33×33mm
Perforation: 13.5×13
Sheet Composition: 20 for Layout Ⅰ and 8 for Layout Ⅱ
Printer: Henan Post Printing Factory
Printing Process: Offset Printing

China Post issued a set of four special stamps featuring fruits, namely Pineapples, Cherries, Mangoes and Oranges, with a denomination of 5.4 yuan (0.79 U.S. dollars), on July 14, 2018.

Pineapple, a tropical fruit, was introduced to China from Brazil in the sixteenth century. As one of the four famous fruits of the southern China Five Ridges area, it is mainly distributed in Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Yunnan and other places.

Pineapple is homophonic to "Wang Lai" in southern Fujian dialect, which means "the source of revenue is thriving."

Cherry's English pronunciation is similar to the word "cherish." In China it is mainly grown in Liaoning, Hebei, Shaanxi, Gansu, Shandong, Henan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Sichuan and so on.

Mangoes, another tropical fruit, are native to India. The Mangiferaindica Linn mentioned in the Buddhist Records of the Western World is the ancient name of the fruit. It is also called "Wang Guo" after being introduced to China, which means "expectation." It is mainly distributed in Yunnan, Guangxi, Guangdong, Hainan, Fujian, Taiwan, Sichuan and other places.

Oranges are distributed mainly in Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Guizhou, Guangxi, Yunnan, Gansu, Shaanxi and so on. "Orange" is homophonic to "sincerity" in Chinese, which means wholeheartedness and may all wishes come true.

This set of stamps has been created with watercolor painting techniques, and features fruits against a beige background, creating pleasant and warm still life scenes and featuring the greenness and freshness of fruits.

The images of the fruits are structured, distinct and clear. The stamps vividly display the deliciousness and sweetness of the fruits.

The set of stamps was designed by Guo Zhenshan, a member of the China Artists Association and vice president of the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, and printed by Henan Post Printing Factory using an offset printing process.

Offer for sale: This set of stamps is available at designated postal outlets, the online philatelic shop of China Post (http://jiyou.11185.cn), China Philately mobile client and the China Philately Wechat Mall since they were issued on July 14, 2018. This set of stamps will be sold for six months.

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