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Special Stamp Issue - "Children Stamps - Chinese Idioms and Their Stories"

Mint Stamps
Mint Stamps

A set of children stamps on the theme of "Chinese Idioms and Their Stories" will be released for sale with associated philatelic products on 28 June 2011(Tuesday).

Chinese idioms are set phrases which have evolved over thousands of years of use. They are succinct and expressive, vivid and figurative. Often originating from fables, literature and historical facts or personages, their stories are full of references and the wisdom of the ages. Hongkong Post's first issue of Chinese idioms stamps was received eagerly by philately enthusiasts and the general public in 2006. The second set is now released in the form of Children Stamps, intending to stimulate the younger generation's interest in Chinese culture and philately with colourful and lively pictures on five idioms and their stories.

The set of stamps is themed on five Chinese idioms.

$1.40 - Mutual help in hard times
This idiom originates from Zhuangzi (369 - 286 BC), the famous Daoist philosopher born in the ancient China. It literally means that when the spring water dries up, the fishes stranded on land moisten each other with their saliva. The idiom is now used to describe people coming to each other's assistance during difficult times.

$1.80 - Water drops wear away rocks
According to the observation of a scholar of the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279 AD), water drops, small and soft as they may be, can hollow out hard rock over time. The idiom carries the message that perseverance and determination breed success.

$2.40 - Practice makes perfect
Dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907 AD) , this idiom refers to the repetitive heating and hammering during the iron forging process, alluding to the polishing of a piece of writing in the most meticulous manner in the quest for perfection. It is also used to describe one's experience of numerous trials and challenges.

$3 - Save to give
This idiom originates from an article in the Tang Dynasty. It advises that governing officials should economise on resources so that more can be given back to the people for a better life.

$5 - As deft as a master butcher
Zhuangzi described in this story how a butcher used his superb skills to cut up an ox effortlessly for Lord Wenhui. It illustrates the fact that with constant practice and thorough knowledge, one can deal with everything with ease.

Colour stickers associated with the souvenir sheet can be matched with monochrome shapes on the stamps to complete the five stories. The game enhances the meaning behind the stories for children, as well as making stamp collecting fun!

Sales Arrangements

Information about the sales arrangements of philatelic products associated with this special stamp issue is as follows:

Product available from 14 June 2011 :

Product Description Unit Selling Price (HKD) Sales Restriction per Queuing Customer
First Day Cover (only available until 28 June 2011) $1 No restriction

Products available from 28 June 2011 :

Products Descriptions Unit Selling Price (HKD) Sales Restriction per Queuing Customer
Mint Stamps A set of five stamps $13.6 5 sheets of each denomination
(viz. 125 stamps of each denomination)
Souvenir Sheet Containing a set of five stamps with add-on stickers $13.6 10 sheets
Presentation Pack Containing a set of five stamps $22 5 packs
Souvenir Pack Containing a souvenir sheet with add-on stickers $68 5 packs
Serviced First Day Cover affixed with a set of mint stamps Affixed with a set of five stamps and date-stamped with the special postmark
(only available at 37 philatelic offices on 28 June 2011)
$17.1 5 covers
Serviced First Day Cover affixed with a Souvenir Sheet Affixed with a Souvenir Sheet and date-stamped with the special postmark
(only available at 37 philatelic offices on 28 June 2011)
$17.1 5 covers

Remarks:

  1. The above philatelic products are included in the "2011 Local Standing Order Service" and "2011 Overseas Mail Order Service". For local customers, please contact Hongkong Post Philatelic Bureau Hotline for enquiry at 2785 5711 or fax to 2191 9296.
  2. For overseas customers, please ensure there is sufficient balance in your account to pay your advance order. Otherwise, your order will be processed only when the stock is still available after all orders have been fulfilled. For any enquiries, please contact Hongkong Post Philatelic Bureau (Overseas Mail Order Service Unit) Hotline at 852-2928 7211 or fax to 852-2850 6552.

Official First Day Covers will be put on sale at $1 each at all post offices from 14 June 2011 while the stamps and associated philatelic products will be displayed at the General Post Office, Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office, Tsuen Wan Post Office and Shatin Central Post Office on the same day. Advance orders for servicing self-provided covers will be accepted at all philatelic offices from 14 to 20 June 2011.

Date-stamping Arrangements

A hand-back date-stamping service by the office steel date-stamp and the special postmark will be provided on 28 June 2011 at all post offices for official/privately-made covers bearing the first day of issue indication and a local address. All philatelic offices will also provide hand-back date-stamping service by the "Philatelic Bureau" pictorial postmark and the philatelic office pictorial postmark concurrently, but the GPO-1 date-stamp is only available at the General Post Office.

Public hall of the Hongkong Post Philatelic Bureau on 1/F., Trade Square, 681 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon, will open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on 28 June 2011 to provide date-stamping service by the "Philatelic Bureau" pictorial postmark and the special postmark.

Stamp Printing Details

Design: Freeman LAU Printer: Joh. Enschedé B.V., the Netherlands
Illustration: Steve YONG Perforation: 13.25 x 14.25
(one elliptical perforation on each vertical)
Process: Lithography
Stamp Size: 45 mm x 28 mm Paper: Paper with security fibres
Stamp Layout: Pane of 25 stamps Date of Issue: 28 June 2011
Souvenir Sheet Size: 150 mm x 85 mm
Souvenir Sheet with add-on stickers
Souvenir Sheet with add-on stickers
Special Postmark
Special Postmark
Serviced First Day Cover affixed with a set of mint stamps
Serviced First Day Cover affixed with a set of mint stamps
Serviced First Day Cover affixed with a souvenir sheet
Serviced First Day Cover affixed with a souvenir sheet
Presentation Pack (Cover and Inside Design)
Presentation Pack (Cover and Inside Design)
Souvenir Pack (Cover and Inside Design)
Souvenir Pack (Cover and Inside Design)
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