Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Lovely covers from China!

Founded on 1st October 1949, the People's Republic of China celebrates her 60th anniversary this year. In celebrate of this occasion, China Post issued a lovely set of 4 stamps and a souvenir sheet.

Here are 4 covers franked with stamps on this theme sent by fellow blogger, Zhou Fan. Thank you very much!

The names of the first two stamps are "Founding Ceremony (开国大典)" and "The Return of Hong Kong and Macao (港澳回归)".
As you can see, 2 of the covers bear the same stamps devoted to the Reform and Opening-up Policy in China (改革开放). I am sure the identicals were sent out mistakenly by Zhou Fan. And this is what I am missing.

Olympic Pageant (奥运盛典)

In addition, a gorgeous souvenir sheet titled "Homeland in My Heart (祖国在我心中)" completes this set. It is also interesting to note that these covers are actually Cécogramme, meaning a letter or a package containing documents sent or received by visually impaired people or by assisting organizations. Two types of documents are accepted in such mail; embossed documents (e.g. texts written in the Braille alphabet) and sound documents such as audio books. Cécogramme can be identified by the word Cécogramme printed on the cover and also by a special label.

In some countries, Cécogramme can be sent for free. In China, I assumed that they are highly subsidized. In this case, 1.20yuan (US$0.17 or SGD0.245) to send registered!

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