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#1030 China 16/03/07

PRC 160307Wolfgang has sent this very nice registered cover from his trip to China, thank you! It was posted in Guangzhou (广州) on March 7 and arrived on March 25, 2016.

#952 China 15/03/22

China 150322On April 1 I received this very nice first day cover from China, thanks my Chinese friend! The cover was posted in Suzhou (苏州) in Jiangsu province ( 江苏) on March 22, 2015.

The attached mini-sheet is part of a stamp set, which is entitled “Huishan Ladies”.

#904 China 15/01/05

PRC 150105This very nice FDC from China was sent by Wang Jia Yi, thank you! The FDC was issued and posted in Shanghai (上海) on January 5, 2015. It arrived on January 22.

The stamps and postmark in the top right commemorate the Chinese Year of the Goat, which starts on 19 February 2015.

#777 China 13/12/25

PRC 131225Mr. XU Hui sent me this very nice cover from the People’s Republic of China, thank you! It was posted in Nanchang (南昌) on December 25, 2013, and arrived on January 13, 2014.

On the left there is the stamp set “Bridges”, which is a joint issue with Turkey and was issued on November 26, 2012. The stamps depict the Taizhou Yangtze River Bridge and the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul.

The stamp set on the right was issued on July 27, 2013. It commemorates the Dragon and Tiger Mountain (Mount Longhu).

 

#700 China 13/03/16

PRC 130316Thank you very much, Wang Jia Yi, for sending this beautiful FDC from China! It was posted in Changshu, Jiangsu (江苏常熟) and arrived on April 2, 2013. The postmark also has the inscription Jinsha River 7 (金沙江7).

The stamp set is entitled “Peach Blossom”; the stamps commemorate various peach cultivars (clockwise from top left): Prunus persica ‘Albo-plena’, ‘Danfen’, ‘Pinxia’, ‘Atropurpurea’, ‘Xiayu Shouxing’, ‘Versicolor’, ‘Magnifica’, ‘Batsch’, ‘Er Se’, ‘Ln E Chuizhi’, ‘Terutebeni’, ‘Wubao Tao’.

See also: #597 China 12/07/27

#638 China – Tibet 13/02/08

Thank you, Mr. XU, for sending this nice postcard from Tibet! The card was posted in Lhasa (拉萨) on February 8 and arrived on February 26, 2013.

The stamp set on the right is entitled “Sunny Spring” and was issued on October 9, 2011.

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#551 China 11/12/22
#446 China 10/12/29

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#597 China 12/07/27

Here is another beautiful first day cover from Wang Jia Yi, thank you! It was posted in Shanghai (上海) on July 27, 2012.

The attached stamp set comemmorates the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where China scored a total of 88 medals (38 gold, 27 silver, and 23 bronze medals).

See also: #567 China 12/06/09

#567 China 12/06/09

Wang Jia Yi sent me this beautiful first day cover from China, thank you! It was posted in Shanghai (上海) on June 9 and arrived on June 25, 2012.

The stamp set commemorates the furniture of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

#551 China 11/12/22

XU Hui sent me this very nice cover from the People’s Republic of China, thank you! It was posted in Nanchang (南昌) on December 22, 2011, and arrived on January 4, 2012.

The stamp set on the left is entitled “Liangzhu Jade“. It was issued on March 8, 2011.

The right stamp set was issued on 12 June 2010 and commemorates the Kunqu Opera. It depicts scenes from the plays “The Palace of Long Life”, “The Peony Pavilion” (牡丹亭), and “Washing the Silken Gauze” (浣紗記).

#457 China 10/07/25

Mr. Guo Xiaoling sent me this beautiful FDC from the P.R. of China, thank you very much!

It was posted in Xining (西宁) on July 25. The stamp set commemorates the composers W. A. Mozart (1756-1791), J. S. Bach (1685-1750), L. van Beethoven (1770-1821), and J. Haydn (1732-1809).

#446 China 10/12/29

Thank you, Xu Hui, for sending this beautiful cover from China! It was posted in Shanghai (上海) on December 29, 2010, and arrived on January 19, 2011.

#390-#392 China 10/05/15

Thank you very much, Hui XU, for sending this beautiful FDCs from P.R. China! The FDCs were issued and sent on May 15, 2010. On the back there are four additional postage stamps and day cancellations (not shown). The three FDCs and six stamps are entitled “Ancient Chinese Calligraphy – Running Script”. The stamps have the titles “Preface to the Orchid Pavilion”, “Poems Composed during the Cold Food Festival in Huangzhou”, and “Elegiac Lament for My Nephew”.

Running Script (Xing Shu) […] originated in the Han Dynasty (206B.C.-A.D.220), and became mature during the Wei (220-265) and Jin (265-420) dynasties. It simplifies the strokes of Regular Script (Kai Shu), transforms the patterns of Regular Script, and loosens the structure of Regular Script, thus being more applicable and practical to daily life compared to Regular Script and Cursive Script (Cao Shu). The “Preface to the Orchid Pavilion” […] is a calligraphic work by Wang Xizhi (303-361) […]. It is said that Wang invited friends to gather at the Orchid Pavilion on the outskirts of Shanyin in Kuaiji (present-day Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province), where they drank wine and composed poems for an anthology, to which Wang wrote the preface. The calligraphy features vigorous strokes, an unconstrained structure, and a graceful style, vividly representing the new form initiated by Wang Xizhi. It produced a profound influence upon Chinese calligraphy in the following generations.

The “Poems Composed during the Cold Food Festival in Huangzhou,” […] is attributed to Su Shi of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) […]. It comprises two five-character-in-a-line poems, describing the author’s sorrowful state of mind and difficult living conditions after being demoted to Huangzhou. This calligraphy features free-style fonts in round shapes, contributed by a stress on the use of marginal tip of the writing brush, and is full of charm. It represents the greatest accomplishment of Su Shi in Running Script.

The “Elegiac Lament for My Nephew,” […] was calligraphed by Yan Zhenqing during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) […]. This work was created by Yan in mourning of his nephew. Yan Jiming, who died during the political turmoil started by An Lushan and Shi Siming. The calligrapher resolutely adopted withered brush and nearl-dried ink to convey his deep grief and striking artistic effect. (FDC’s info texts)

#134 China 09/01/05

china-090105First day cover from China, posted in Tangshan on January 5, 2009.

The left stamp on this beautiful cover is part of the series “Architecture of the Dong Nationality” (issued on June 2, 1997); it depicts the Zengchong Drum Tower. The top third stamp and the bottom stamp are part of this series too; they show two “Wind and Rain Bridges”. The top right stamp commemorates the Year of the Ox; it was issued on January 5, 2009. Finally, the middle stamp of 2001 depicts the fish Acipenser dabryanus.

The FDC commemorates the Ji-Chou Year (Year of the Ox):

Since ancient times, the ox, always found working on farmland, has been regarded as an honest, supportive labor partner of human beings. In the eyes of Chinese people, the ox is a symbol, of hardworking spirit and selfless contribution. Widely-circulated adages like “Aware of the arrival of its late years, the ox drives itself further without being whipped” and “Head-bowed, like a willing ox I serve the children” represent the traditional virtue and diligence of the Chinese people. The ox also symbolizes affluence and ease. It will bring a vigorous, dynamic hope of a new year and herald a bright prospect.
(backcover text of FDC)

Thank you, Wang, for sending me this beautiful FDC!

#112 China 08/12/18

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First day cover from China, posted on December 18, 2008.

It commemorates the “30th Anniversary of Reform and Opening Up”. In addition to the 2008 stamp of 1.20 yuan, there are four stamps attached: The two left ones are part of the series “Protecting the common homeland of mankind” and has the title “Forest conservation”. It was issued on February 2, 2002. The middle two stamps depict the birds Chinese Monal Pheasant (Lophophorus lhuysii) and Ala Shan Redstart (Phoenicurus alaschanicus); they were issued on November 15, 2006 resp. April 1, 2002.

This beautiful FDC was sent to me by Mr. Guo XiaoLin, thank You!

China 08/12/31

china-081231Cover from China, posted on December 31, 2008.

china-081231-insideThis nice postal stationery was sent to me by Mr. Xu, thank you! It commemorates the year of the ox. The additional three stamps depict the Taiwan Yuhina (Yuhina brunneiceps).

Inside there was a nice greeting card (see left).
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