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Wild Geese
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Stamp Title: Wild Geese
Serial Number: 2018-22
Value in Set: 1
Denomination: 1.2 yuan
Date of Issue: 2018-08-17
Designer: Ma Feida
Size of Stamp: 40×30mm
Perforation: 13
Sheet Composition: 20 for Layout Ⅰ and 8 for Layout Ⅱ
Printer: Beijing Stamp Printing House
Printing Process: Woodblock overprinting

China Post will issue a set of one special stamp featuring wild geese, with a denomination of 1.2 yuan (0.17 US dollars), on August 17, 2018.

Wild geese (Latin: anser) are widespread in China, and comprise the swan goose, grey goose, bean goose, white-fronted goose, bar-headed goose, etc.

Wild geese live in a flock. Male-female pairs mate for life; neither of them will find another partner if the female or the male dies, which is a symbol of unwavering love.

“Can somebody tell me/ What is love supposed to be?/ That makes me hold no fear in the face of death./ With your absence/ My existence is meaningless on Earth.” These timeless verses vividly show that wild geese are very faithful in matters of love.

This stamp features a male and a female wild goose flying wing to wing against the background of seven wild geese flying in a herringbone arrangement. Under these birds, there are also seven reeds swaying in the breeze. These all symbolize China's Qixi Festival, which falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, and express good wishes for love.

The stamp was designed by famous Che school painter Ma Feida, and was printed by the Beijing Stamp Printing House using a woodblock overprinting.

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 August 17, 2018. This set of stamps will be sold for six months.


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