|Stamp Title:||Kashgar Scenery|
|Value in Set：||4|
|Date of Issue:||2018-06-09|
|Size of Stamp:||50×30mm|
|Printer:||Beijing Stamp Printing House|
|Printing Process:||Heliographic printing|
China Post issued a set of four special stamps featuring the Kashgar Scenery, namely Kashgar's old town, the stone city of Taxkorgan ruins, Jinhu Yang National Forest Park and Khunjerab, on June 9, 2018.
Kashgar Prefecture, whose ancient Chinese name is Shule, is located in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. It served as a pivotal trading post and strategically important city along the Silk Road and as an international commercial port for merchants.
It is a famous historical and cultural city in China, and is also known as "Eastern Cairo." Located in the middle of the Eurasian continent, Kashgar is on the trade route of the Eurasian community. It is the bridgehead of the country's opening to the West, and the core of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The Central Government formally approved the establishment of the special economic zone of Kashgar in 2010.
Kashgar's old town, located in the center of Kashgar Prefecture, covers an area of 20 square kilometers, and is a National 5A class tourist spot. The town was built 2,000 years ago in the Western Han Dynasty (B.C. 202-A.D.8). With a long history, it has great research value and influence on Silk Road culture. Under the care of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, it has undergone tremendous changes in recent years and become a model for the protection and transformation of old cities in the world.
The stone city of Taxkorgan ruins, as a key national heritage conservation site, is located in the northern part of the Tajik Autonomous County of Taxkorgan, which was the main road of the ancient Silk Road. It is among the four largest ancient stone castles in the world and is one of the three largeststone cities in China. The city was first built by the ancestors of the Tajik, and now there are many buildings that date back to the Han Dynasty all the way to the Qing Dynasty (A.D.1636 -A.D. 1912).
Jinhu Yang National Forest Park, located in Zepu County, is a National 5A class tourist spot. Nestled in the upper edges of the alluvial fan of the Yarkant River, the park is surrounded by water and rich in plant and animal resources. It boasts poplar trees, blue water, oasis and desert.
Khunjerab, a valley in the Pamirs, is located in the Tajik Autonomous County of Taxkorgan. On the border between China and Pakistan, it is an important mountain pass of the Karakorum Mountains. With an altitude of 4,733 meters, Khunjerab is the highest pass in the world. This is one of the important channels of the ancient Silk Road, and the only channel of the CPEC.
The stamp design is based on photographic works and artistically presents the unique historical features and magnificent natural scenery of Kashgar.
This set of stamps is designed by Xing Wenwei and printed by Beijing Stamp Printing House using a heliographic 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 June 9, 2018. This set of stamps will be sold for six months.