To meet the demand of philatelists, promote Chinese culture and introduce an cient Chinese art to the world, the Directorate has once again asked the Nationa l Palace Museum to suggest "Bird Manual" works by palace painters during the Ching dynasty as the basis for 4 stamps to be released.(Earlier sets of bird manual stamps were issued in 1997 and 1999.) The four birds chosen for the stamps are the Corn Bunting, the Brambling, the Bali Mynah and the Indian Grackle. Chien Su ng-tsun of the National Palace Museum is in charge of planning the stamps, which are being designed by Lee Kuang-chi.
There are a total of 60 page spreads in National Palace Museum’s Bird Manual collection. The Directorate has once again chosen four of these for a set of stamps. For aesthetic reasons, exquisite parts of the paintings have been chosen for the stamps and removed from their original backgrounds. Visually striking stamps are the result.
(1) First Day Cover in small size to be sold at NT$2.00 apiece. (2) Folder especially prepared for the stamps to be sold at NT$5.00 apiece. (3) Folder with crystal mount for better protection of the stamps to be sold at NT$5.00 apiece. (4) Loose-leaf stamp album page with plastic cover to be sold at NT$8.00 apiece. (5) Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with a low-valued stamp to be sold at NT$7.00 apiece. (6) Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with a complete set of stamps to be sold at NT$49.00 apiece. (7) Maximum cards of National Palace Museum's Bird Manual Postage Stamps comprising 4 stamps to be sold at NT$97.00 apiece.