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Mr. 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).
Thank 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
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
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).
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.
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)
First 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!
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!