Saturday, July 4, 2009

Another lovely cover from China!

Many thanks to Wang Gang for sending this lovely cover from Tianjin, China!

The first stamp from the left belongs to the "Beijing 11th Asian Games" Series, issued in 1990. It is the 3rd series of stamps issued to commemorate the 11th Asian Games. The Asian Games is a multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia. On September 22nd of 1990 the 11th Asian Games was held in Beijing, China. And here are the first two sets of stamps issued by the chinese post on 20 July 1988 and 15 Dec 1989 respectively. They show the badge and Mascot (1st series) and the 4 gymnasiums used for the games (2nd series). The second stamp franked on this cover belongs to the "Weiqi" series, issued on 30 April 1993. Weiqi, a kind of chess, was originated from China 2,000 years ago. It spread into Japan in the Dang dynasty (about 500 BC). It commands skills, tactics and stamina. Its rules are not only simple and clear but also diversified. The 20 fen stamp features two ancient persons playing chess. It symbolizes the long history of Weiqi. It is characterized by a dense atmosphere of antiquity. The second stamp shows a kind of unique chess tactic.
The colourful 5 yuan stamp is pre-printed on the envelope.

Specially worth mention are the 2 red postmarks dated 6th June 2009, commemorating the Centenary of the Birth of Comrade Li Xiannian. Li Xiannian (1909-1992), a native of Huang'an (present day Hong'an), Hubei Province, was a great proletarian revolutionist, politician, and strategist. During the war period, acting as political commissar at regimental, divisional and corps levels for the Red Army, he commanded and participated in many important battles. After New China was founded in 1949, he served successively as vice premier of the State Council, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, vice president of the CPC Central Committee, president of the People's Republic of China, and president of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, making an outstanding contribution to the building of an integral national economic system. During his revolutionary career of six decades, Li devoted himself to the liberation cause of the Chinese people and the nation's socialist revolution and construction, enjoying great love and esteem of the Chinese people of all ethnic groups.

And here are the stamps from this series (not shown on this cover).

That's all folks! Have a great weekend!

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