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Sp.666 Classical Chinese Poetry Postage Stamps

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Stamp SN D666
Stamp Name Sp.666 Classical Chinese Poetry Postage Stamps
Stamp Cat Standard Special Stamps
Stamp Cat Literature, Literature
Issue date 2018-07-06
Suspersion date
Dimension of stamps(mm.) 30 × 50 (mm)
Size of souvenir Sheet (mm.)
Printer China Color Printing Co., Ltd.
Drawer Shen Cheen
Designer Delta Design Corporation
Creative Director
Sheet composition 18
Print color Colorful
Process Offset
Paper Phosphorescent stamp paper
Perforation 12 1/2 × 13
Classical Chinese poetry is one of the great treasures of our nation’s cultural heritage. Featuring a great variety of subject matter and styles, it can express personal emotions, describe natural scenery, or reflect real social conditions. Those ancient poets’ work has remained much loved by later generations. Tang Dynasty poetry was truly the golden age of classical Chinese poetry, and it had tremendous influence on the poetry of subsequent dynasties.Generally speaking, Tang Dynasty poetry can be divided into two types: quatrains and lushi (regulated verse). The former consists of poems of four lines, and the latter consists of poems of eight lines. Each line typically comprises five or seven characters. Chunghwa Post is releasing a set of four stamps featuring quatrains with five-character lines. Descriptions of their designs follow:1. “Climbing White Stork Tower,” Wang Zhihuan (NT$6): “The sun sinks behind the ridge / As the Yellow River flows seaward. / To behold a thousand-mile vista / Just climb one story higher.”2. “River Snow,” Liu Zhongyuan (NT$8): “A hundred hills without a bird in sight / A thousand paths with ne’er a footprint / In a cloak and a bamboo hat, one man aboard a boat / Casts a lonely line as snow falls upon the river.”3. “Longing,” Wang Wei (NT$9): “Red beans grow in southern climes / Sending up shoots in springtime / Please gather me a bunch / Such longing do they engender!”4. “Quiet Night Thoughts,” Li Bai (NT$15): “Bright moonlight before my bed / I suppose there is frost upon the ground / My head rises to view the bright moon / Then lowers to fill with thoughts of home.”
(1) First Day Cover in large size: NT$3 apiece(2) Folder (with or without mount): NT$8 apiece(3) Loose-leaf album page: NT$8 apiece (4) Maximum cards: NT$40 a set(5) Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with one NT$6-denominated stamp: NT$9 apiece(6) Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with a complete set of stamps: NT$41 apieceTo purchase the relative philatelic products, please go directly to the post office branches, Postal Museum or order on line at https://stamp.post.gov.tw.