Three Gorges of Changjiang River

Monday, August 16, 2010

Three Gorges of Changjiang River



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Description: Three Gorges of Changjiang River
Text found on stamp: 长江三峡, 1994 - 18, 5 元, CHINA, T, 中国邮政.
Designer: Yang Wenqing; LiDefu
Background:

The Three Gorges on the Yangtze River is a collective name of Qutang, Wuxia, and Xiling gorges. The Yangtze is the longest river in China. As the longest canyons in the world, the three gorges are of the upper reaches of the river and boast their precipitous and beautiful scenes on both sides and rich waterpower resources.



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Carry within Itself the Wu and Yue Areas

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Carry within Itself the Wu and Yue Areas


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Description: Carry within Itself the Wu and Yue Areas
Text found on stamp: 太湖 . 包孕吴越, 1995 - 12, 500分, CHINA, T, 中国邮政.
Designer: Fan Yang
Background:

Taihu Lake, known as Zhenze in ancient times, extends across Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces . As the third largest fresh water lake in China formed from a gulf dammed with the silt from the lower reaches of the Yangtze and Qiantang rivers, Taihu Lake sits in the center of the river network in areas south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze, facilitating irrigation and shipping . The areas around the lake abound with rice, wheat, mulberry and tea, as well as other local specialties such as whitebait, hence the name of "a land of plenty". The beautiful scenery of Taihu Lake is well known both at home and abroad. Scattered in the lake are dozens of isles which, along with the surrounding mountain peaks and peninsulas, form the scenery of 72 peaks. Famous scenic spots around the lake include hills and waters of Wuxi, gardens of Suzhou, cave paradise of Yixing and the historical sites of the Kingdom of Wu (222-280).

The Dongting West Mountain in Wuxian County, Jiangsu Province, is the largest island mountain in Taihu Lake, with the beautiful main peak more than 300 meters above sea level. Opposite it is the Dongting East Mountain where flowers bloom all the year round and is known as a "mountain of flowers and fruits".

Yuantouzhu (like a turtle's head into the lake) in the like-side Wuxi City of Jiangsu Province is one of the best places to enjoy the beauty of Taihu Lake. The gardens there are built against the hills and by the water, constituting a peculiar style. "Yuan Zhu Chun Tao" (spring waves around Yuantouzhu) is one of those landscapes. In the natural stone wall of Yuantouzhu beside the lake, there is a stone inscription read as "Breeding rich lands", which is believe as the key comment of Taihu Lake.

Lihu Lake is the inner lake of Taihu Lake. According to legend, it is named after Fan Li, a senior official of Yue, a state in the later Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 B.C.), who resigned after success and carried Xi Shi, a famed beauty at that time, to go boating on Taihu Lake. Liyuan Garden by the side of the lake is one of the best known gardens in Jiangnan (the areas south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River).

Jichang garden is a classic one with unique style in the Taihu Lake scenic spots. A key cultural relic under state protection, it is featured with water corridors in the east and rockeries and plants in the west. Xiequ Garden (Garden of Harmonious Interest) in the Summer Palace of Beijing is built after the architectural style of it.

Plum Garden, also in Wuxi City, is known for the thousands of plum that, when in full bloom in early spring, gladdens the heart and refreshes the mind of visitors. The top of Nianqu Tower gives visitors a view of the beautiful scenery of Taihu Lake in the distance.



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1-cent Lincoln

Saturday, August 14, 2010

1-cent Lincoln









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Text found on stamp: A.Lincoln, 1c UNITED STATES POSTAGE.
Description: (Stamp information found on http://arago.si.edu/index.asp?con=1&cmd=1&img=&mode=1&pg=1&tid=2032776)

The Department issued the 1-cent Lincoln Birth Sesquicentennial commemorative stamp, the second in the series of four, through the Hodgenville, Kentucky, post office on February 12, 1959.

The 1-cent Lincoln stamp features the famous "Beardless Lincoln" portrait by George Peter Alexander Healy, painted from life in 1860 in Springfield, Illinois, shortly after Lincoln's election to the presidency. A facsimile of the signature "A. Lincoln" appears immediately above the portrait. The denomination "1c" is shown in the lower right corner of the stamp, and the wording "United States Postage" is arranged in one line across the bottom of the stamp, in dark Gothic.

The stamp was printed by the rotary process, electric-eye perforated, and issued in panes fifty stamps each. An initial printing of 120 million stamps was authorized.




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Mao Zedong During the Founding Stage of Our People's Republic

Monday, August 9, 2010

Mao Zedong During the Founding Stage of Our People's Republic








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Description: Mao Zedong During the Founding Stage of Our People's Republic
Text found on stamp: 毛泽东同志诞生一百周年, 1893 - 1993, 5 元, CHINA, J, 1993 - 17, 中国邮政.
Designer: Wei Chuyu; Peng Bin
Background:

Mao Zedong ( 1893 - 1976 ) , styling himself Runzhi and born at Shaoshanchong, Xiangtan of hunan Province, was a great Marxist, proletarian revolutionary, strategist, theoretician and military scientist.

In the long term revolutionary struggles, Comrade Mao Zedong creatively combined the universal tenets of Marxism-Leninism with the concrete practice of China and so enriched and developed Marxism-Leninism. He performed immortal feats for the founding of the Chinese Communist party and the People's Liberation Army of China, for the victory of the people's liberation cause of all the Chinese nationalities, and for the founding of the People's Republic of China and the development of socialist undertaking. He made outstanding contributions to the liberation of the world's oppressed nations and to the progress of mankind.



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Ten Thousand Arm Avalokitesvara (Souvenir sheet)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Ten Thousand Arm Avalokitesvara (Souvenir sheet)







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Description: Ten Thousand Arm Avalokitesvara (Souvenir sheet)
Text found on stamp: 1996 - 20, 500分, CHINA, T, 敦煌壁画, 元 . 千手观音.
Designer: Wu Jiankun; Ren Yu
Background:

Located on the west edge of the Hexi Corridor in western Gansu, China, Dunhuang Grottoes, always known as a "Buddhist art treasury", is one of the country's largest ancient grotto group, a key cultural relics unit under State protection. The Dunhuang Grottoes in a broad sense include the Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes, the Xi Qianfodong Grottoes, Yulin Grottoes in Ansi, Qianfodong Grottoes in Shuikouxia, which are usually referred to as Mogao Grottoes. The Mogao Grottoes were inaugurated in the 2nd year of Jian Yuan of the early Qin Dynasty (AD 366), but the earliest grottoes extant were dug during the sixteen Kingdoms of Bei Ling (421 to 439 AD). The construction of the grottoes continued in dynasties including Northern Wei (386-534), Western Wei (535-556), Northern Zhou (557-581), Sui, Tang, Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (907-960), Song, Western Xia (1038-1227) and Yuan. The number of grottoes extant totaled 492, and the murals within the grottoes cover an area of about 45,000 square meters; besides there are 2,400 clay sculptures in the Dunhuang Grottoes.

What the Dunhuang murals mainly depict fall into four categories: The Jing Bian, stories illustrating Buddhist scripture; The Ben Sheng story, the previous incarnation life stories of Sakyamuni (the founder of Buddhism); The Buddha, arhat and little Qianfo; and the portraits (with real names )of those who had contributed to the construction of the grottoes or offered sacrifices to the Buddhas. The murals in Northern Wei period, representatives of the early style murals, were drawn in bold and vigorous lines, which looked natural and flowing. However, most lines have already peeled off, and the colors, faded, The mural style in the Sui Dynasty became smooth and vivid, with rich and yet soft colors, The Dunhuang mural art reached its climax in the Tang Dynasty, when lines became thicker and smoother, colors ,richer and more sophisticated. Generally the murals were magnificent, picturing vast ranging subjects. The murals in the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms and early Song Dynasties followed Tang, with natural folk art styles. And in the Yuan Dynasty, murals were painted with dark and gloomy, and seldom red colors. The wet mural style in slight ink and wash made the murals look mysterious.

The Dunhuang murals, the representatives of Chinese arts in the 4th to 13th centuries, have provided many precious materials for the research materials for the research of the history of Buddhist art.



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Insurance in China (Scott 1965)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Insurance in China (Scott 1965)






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Description: Flower of China Insurance. Insurance in China (Scott 1965)
Text found on stamp: T.101 (1-1), 1984, 8分, 中國保險, 中国人民邮政.
Designer: Huang Li



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Chinese Women's Team Wins 3rd World Cup of Volleyball Championship

Friday, August 6, 2010

Strive for Good Results (Scott 1762)Win honors for ur country (Scott 1763)


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Description: Scott 1762-63 Chinese Women's Team Wins 3rd World Cup of Volleyball Championship
Designer: Li Yinqing

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Win honors for ur country (Scott 1763)

Win honors for ur country (Scott 1763)






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Description: Win honors for ur country (Scott 1763)
Text found on stamp: J.76 (2-2), 1981, 20分, 中国人民邮政, 中国女排第三届世界杯冠军.
Designer: Li Yinqing


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Strive for Good Results (Scott 1762)

Strive for Good Results (Scott 1762)





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Description: Strive for Good Results (Scott 1762)
Text found on stamp: J.76 (2-1), 1981, 8分, 中国人民邮政, 中国女排第三届世界杯冠军.
Designer: Li Yinqing


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