Details: Wild Orchids of Taiwan postage stamps was issued in November 2017 and in January and February 2018, Chunghwa Post is again issued a set of four stamps featuring the Phalaenopsis equestris, Odontochilus nanlingensis, Bulbophyllum retusiusculum, and Bulbophyllum griffithii. The stamps are as follows 1. Phalaenopsis equestris (NT$7): This species is parasitic. Its pale purple flowers are 3 cm across. The sepal is oval, the petals rhomboid. It flowers in summer and is only found in Taiwan in small patches on the forested craggy slopes of Little Orchid Island.
2. Odontochilus nanlingensis (NT$9): This orchid grows on the ground, generally with 2 or 3 flowers. The white petals have a reddish hue with reddish-brown stripes and marks. It flowers in spring and is found at heights of 500 to 1,000 meters in damp broadleaved forest from Wulai to Nanao.
3. Bulbophyllum retusiusculum (NT$10): A miniature parasitic orchid with colorful petals. Its upper lip is dark red, while the sides are yellow and 1.5 cm long. The flowers are generally arranged in a fan-shape, like a small circular comb, so it is also called Yellow Comb Orchid. It flowers in autumn and winter and is common in cool damp evergreen broadleaved forest in the mid to low altitude mountains of Taiwan.
4. Bulbophyllum griffithii (NT$20): A parasitic orchid with single flower, 0.8 to 1.2 cm across, whose petals are parchment white densely flecked with purple. It flowers in autumn, and is found in cool damp forest in Xitou (Nantou County), Fenchihu (Chiayi) and Caoling (Yunlin).( Source- Chunghwa Post)
Stamp Designer-Chi-jen Lai
FDC Designer-Jheng Yi-lang
Stamp Printer- Central Engraving and Printing Plant.
Remark: Beautiful two Types of post mark,posted on the issue date to me.Thanks Chen for such a lovely real posted FDC.
FDC Name:Scenery Talchung City Issue Date:03/05/2018 Details:
Continuing the series of Taiwan Scenery postage stamps released in 2016 and 2017 depicting Taitung County, Tainan City and Matsu, Chunghwa Post issued a further set of four stamps featuring outstanding places of interest in Taichung City. The stamps are described below:
1. Taichung Park (NT$8): An important landmark in Taichung City. The Park is verdant and full of trees with historic buildings such as the antique Heart of the Lake and Gazing at the Moon Pavilions. There is also an open-air stage and children’s play area, making the Park a hotspot for family walks, rest and leisure.
2. National Taichung Theater (NT$9): The Theater lies in the Xitun District of Taichung City. It was designed by the Japanese architect, Toyo Ito, to be a womb for beautiful music. The building has 3D-curved surfaces with air holes and is of a tubular design; no pillars are used in any part of it. Seen face on, it curves round like a flagon of wine: truly something wholly new.
3. Wuling Farm (NT$12): The Farm lies on the banks of the Qijiawan River in the upper reaches of the Da-Jia River. It was established in 1963. It hosts abundant plant and animal life, cultural relics and the Neolithic Qijiawan site. In spring it is famed for its flowers, in summer for fruit, in autumn for red maple leaves and in winter for snow. It is a well-known tourist spot.
4. Gaomei Wetlands (NT$15): The Wetlands lie in Qingshui, at the south side to the mouth of the Da-Jia River. They are rich in natural resources thanks to a combination of fertile mud and sandy beaches. The marshy land at the estuary supports a rich and complex wetland ecology and is famous for bird watching. In recent years the Wetlands have become an internationally famous tourist attraction.
FDC Designer- Delta Design Corporation and the Stamp Printer-China Color Printing Co.Ltd(Source- Chunghwa Post)
Remark:Nice real posted FDC from Taiwan.thanks Chen.Excellent two type of cancellation.
FDC Name-Scenery Penghu County Issue Date-2nd AUG'2018 Details:
Continuing the series of Taiwan Scenery postage stamps depicting Taitung County, Tainan City, Matsu and Taichung City begun in 2016, Chunghwa Post Issued a further set of four stamps and FDC featuring activities and outstanding places of interest in Penghu County. The stamps are described below:
1. Ocean Fireworks Festival (NT$6): In recent years the fireworks festival has become a standard feature of Penghu’s tourist calendar. The main arena is outside the Guanyin Pavilion in Magong City. The play of light from the fireworks, the romantic bay and the Xiying Rainbow Bridge are woven together in the night sky over Penghu.
2. Erkan Village (NT$8): Erkan Village on Xiyu island is a single-surname community of the Chen family. The houses are in the old style and retain the traditional format of a village. There are many small exhibitions held here: one house displays ordinary life, another life on the shoreline, another is for singing… The village is the best preserved in Penghu and provides a taste of yore and the beauty of the builder’s craft.
3. Kueibishan (NT$12): When the tide recedes at Kueibishan in Huxi Township on the main island a winding path across the water to Chihyu islet is revealed. It draws many tourists to this northeast part of the Penghu archipelago.
4. Daguoye Columnar Basalt (NT$15): When a jetty was built to provide a boat link from Xiyu, stone was excavated from in front of the cliff. Following heavy rain, water collects in the holes and reflects the blue sky and white clouds above: a wonderful sight.(Source-Chunghwa Post)
Remark:Nice First day cancellation(Two types) by my friend Chen from Taiwan and posted on the issue date.
The convention was developed and adopted by participating nations at a meeting in Ramsar, Mazandaran, Iran, on February 2, 1971, hosted by the Iranian Department of Environment, and came into force on December 21, 1975.
The Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance now includes 2186 Sites (known as Ramsar Sites) covering over 200,000,000 ha (490,000,000 acres). The country with the highest number of Sites is the United Kingdom at 170 and the country with the greatest area of listed wetlands is Bolivia, with over 140,000 km2 (54,000 sq mi).The Ramsar definition of wetlands is fairly wide, including "areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six meters" as well as fish ponds, rice paddies and salt pans.
Presently there are 168 contracting parties, up from 21 initial signatory nations in 1971. The state parties meet every three years as the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP), the first held in Cagliari, Italy in 1980. Amendments to the original convention have been agreed to in Paris (in 1982) and Regina (in 1987).
There is a standing committee, a scientific review panel, and a secretariat. The headquarters is located in Gland, Switzerland, shared with the IUCN.
Romania has seven Ramsar sites.
Remark-Thanks my friend from Romania sending such beautiful cover
FDC Name:The 50th Anniversary of the First Spacewalk by Alexey Leonov Issue Date:10th APRIL 2015 Details:
Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov born 30 May 1934 in Listvyanka, West Siberian Krai, Soviet Union) is a retired Russian cosmonaut and Air Force Major General. On 18 March 1965, he became the first human to conduct extra-vehicular activity (EVA), exiting the capsule during the Voskhod 2 mission for a 12-minute spacewalk.
Leonov was one of the 20 Soviet Air Force pilots selected to be part of the first cosmonaut group in 1960. Like all the Soviet cosmonauts, Leonov was a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. His walk in space was originally to have taken place on the Vostok 11 mission, but this was cancelled, and the historic event happened on the Voskhod 2flight instead. He was outside the spacecraft for 12 minutes and nine seconds on 18 March 1965, connected to the craft by a 5.35-meter tether. At the end of the spacewalk, Leonov's spacesuit had inflated in the vacuum of space to the point where he could not re-enter the airlock. He opened a valve to allow some of the suit's pressure to bleed off and was barely able to get back inside the capsule. Leonov had spent eighteen months undergoing intensive weightlessness training for the mission.
Remark:Excellent FDC with nice cancellation.Thanks Limanskii E.N for such beautiful FDC after long time.
FDC Name:Teresa Teng Issue date:15th APR'2015 Details:-
Teresa Teng was an influential Taiwanese singer famous throughout Asia and in Chinese communities around the world. She enthusiastically participated in concerts for ROC troops and for overseas Chinese communities, giving performances in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, the United States, and Southeast Asian nations, among other places. She was known as a “patriot performing artist,” “the military's sweetheart,” and “the queen of her generation's singers.” A powerful demonstration of musical artistry that resonated with audiences everywhere, her voice comforted countless souls. One of the true superstars of the Asian singing world in the last half of the 20th century, she helped to advance Chinese pop. On both sides of the Taiwan Strait—and in fact anywhere there are ethnic Chinese—her songs are still popular even today, nearly 20 years after her death.
In commemoration of Teresa Teng, Chunghwa Post is issuing a set of four stamps with denominations of NT$5, NT$9, NT$13, and NT$15.
This set of stamps is designed by Janny Pai and printed by Cardon Enterprise Co., Ltd. in color offset. Remark:Beautiful FDC with set of 4stamps.Both type of the cancellation are very clear.Thanks Chen.
In 2014, Chunghwa Post issued its first set of stamps in its Chinese Classic Novel “Red Chamber Dream” series in the order of the chapters. Now it is following up with its 2015 issue of four stamps. The designs follow :
Daiyu Burying the Flowers (NT$5): Baoyu’s maid Qingwen refuses to open the door for Daiyu when she comes visit. Daiyu weeps in silence as she mistakenly interprets this as Baoyu’s doing. The next day, when she sees the ground carpeted with fallen petals, she is overcome with sadness again. As she gathers the fallen blossoms to be buried, she compares herself to the fallen petals and laments at her despondency and loneliness. She tearfully mourns the flowers: “The falling twirling petals fill the air, wasting away while no one cares.….” As he listens, Baoyu becomes transfixed and spellbound.
Tanchun Starting a Poetry Club (NT$5): Tanchun proposes to establish a poetry club. The first business of the club is for everyone to pick an alias for themselves and to draw up the rules and penalties. Then the topics and rhyme entries are chosen before the members start to write and critique each other’s work. Parties held by the club become a fad in Daguanyuan for a while. The scenes where the girls write and chat and Baoyu jokes around highlight the Jia household’s heyday and add vitality and interest to the book.
Granny Liu Touring Daguanyuan (NT$10): Granny Liu follows Grandmother Jia to Daguanyuan, where they party, row boats, and drink tea. To amuse Grandmother Jia, Sister Feng covers Granny Liu’s hair with chrysanthemums. Granny Liu goes along with her jest and plays the fool to make everyone laugh. Through Granny Liu’s touring, the author further describes the extravagant lifestyle of the Jia household, the sumptuous decor of Daguanyuan, and highlights the vivid contrast between Grandmother Jia and Granny Liu’s economic situations.
Miaoyu Tasting Tea (NT$25): Miaoyu comes from the gentry class. She is both fastidious and haughty. When it comes to tea, the water she uses is snow water that was collected off of plum blossoms and then buried in the ground in a pot for five years. The tea cups she uses are all valuable antiques. She hands Baochai one with the name “Calabash Cup”, Daiyu “Rhinoceros Cup”, and Baoyu her personal green jade cup. Later she swaps it with a huge goblet decorated with coiled dragon with nine curves, ten rings and 120 knots carved from a whole bamboo root.
To enhance teenagers’ understanding of Chinese idioms and to inspire them, Chunghwa Post has issued a set of four stamps on idioms. The designs follow :
Bo Le Appraises the Horse (NT$5): Bo Le is the name of a constellation in charge of the heavenly stable. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 - 476 BC), there was a man named Sun Yang that many called Bo Le because he was expert in the ways of horses. There is a legend about his search for a good horse. One day, he saw a horse struggling to pull a salt cart up a steep slope. When he approached, the horse suddenly neighed loudly. From the horse’s cry, Bo Le knew that this was the horse he was looking for, so he purchased it. After being properly cared for, the horse did indeed become a great war horse. Later, people began to call anyone who was good at scouting talent Bo Le.
The Ambition of a Swan (NT$5): The Records of the Grand Historian devoted a chapter to a man named Chen She. Chen was poor when he was young and once worked as a farmhand. One day, he woefully said to his coworkers: “Let’s not forget about each other when one of us strikes it rich one day.” The others laughed and said, “You are just a hired farmhand, you will never strike it rich.” Sighing, Chen said “How can a sparrow know the ambition of a swan?” The idiom compares ordinary people to sparrows, who are incapable of understanding the aspirations of a hero. Later, the idiom came to be used to describe great ambition.
Adept with Both the Pen and the Sword (NT$5): In Chapter 93 of The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a man beats Kong Ming at his own game. Surprised, Kong Ming inquires about him: “Who is that? How did he see through my trick?” He then was told: “His name is Jiang Wei who is very devoted to his mother. He is adept with both the pen and the sword. What’s more, he is intelligent and brave. He is a truly outstanding fellow.” The idiom “adept with both the pen and the sword” is now used to encourage people to pay attention to their work and their extracurricular skills.
Tiny Blade of Grass and Spring Sun (NT$5): “The Song of the Wandering Son,” a poem by Tang dynasty poet Meng Jiao, reads as follows: “The thread in the hand of a loving mother goes into the clothes for her wandering son. She makes the stitches tight before he leaves, worrying it might be a while before he returns. How can tiny blades of grass repay the sun, however much they appreciate its warmth?” The idiom describes how children receive so much from their parents that it is hard to expect them to repay it in kind.
Remark:I am writing this blog after long gap due.In meantime I have lost contacts with many good friends who used to send me very good FDC. Only.Only one is continuing-He is one of my best philatelic friend Shi--Ching Chen from Taiwan.Many many thanks to him & looking forward for good exchange.
The 2013 Greenlandic stamp of the year was the stamp with the attractive polar bear
with the title “Vulnerable Animals”. Stamp collectors from all over the
world voted for their favorite among the 24 stamps issued by TELE-POST
It is the artist
Naja Abelsen, who has created the beautiful stamp. Naja has earlier been
behind no less than 16 stamps issued by TELE-POST. The stamp
“Vulnerable Animals” was issued 11th June 2013. It was a joint issue
with the Israeli Post and the point of the issue was to create awareness
about vulnerable animals.
stamp is enhanced with the Augmented Reality technology. This means
that you can see a short video of a live polar bear, if you download the
“Sepac App” and install it on your tablet or smartphone and scan the
The winner of this
monetary prize of DKK 10,000 chosen in the draw was Philippe
Kocielkowski from Saint-George-sur-Meuse in Belgium. TELE-POST
congratulates the winner.
ten lucky winners of the extra prices of a year pack from 2013 are Esa
Kallio in Sweden, Gert Kragh Andreasen, Camilla Nissen Toftdal, Jørgen
Rasmussen and Jørgen Vesth-Hansen in Denmark, Bezazel Ferhat in Algeria,
Pastorimi Massimo and Francesco Magnani in Italy, Tor Nygaard in Norway
and finally Uda Yanuhardi in Indonesia.
The competition for the “2013 Greenlandic stamp of the yea” ran in the period from 1st December 2013 to the 1st March 2014.
In the village Služanj near
Čitluk, from previous times, numerous medieval tombstones (“bilig”) are
located in today’s local Catholic cemetery and nearby it. Inside the
cemetery there laid a chest, which had deeply sunked into the ground,
because it was obvious that it fell from its base. With somewhat effort
the “bilig” in 2013 was erected and set up on its baseboard. The erected
“bilig”, in the form of a tall chest with angled ends towards the
baseboard, has truly impressive dimensions: height of 209 cm, width of
149 cm and depth of 69 cm. On all sides it is decorated with embossed
moulding, which consists of lines in a form of rope and spiral wreaths
of vines with the Croatian “trolist”.
the arcade from the south end, an inscription written on Humac
(Cyrillic letter in Humac land) was found. The inscription is engraved
in one line and says: СИ БИЛЕГЬ УГРИНА ВРАТУШИЋА / Si bileg Ugrina
Vratušića / This (is) “bilig”of Ugrin Vratušić. This last name from its
etymological sense is clear, most possibly a derivative of the nickname
Vratuš, a man with a distinguished (long) neck. And this inscription,
above all, demonstrates that the folk name “bilig” is rooted in the
Humac land or Herzegovina, instead of the artificial tombstone. The
inscription and “bilig” can be dated from the second half of the XV
century. (Radoslav Dodig)
The Croatian Post Ltd. Mostar has issued a regular postal stamp in a sheet of 20 stamps, postmark and First Day Cover (FDC).
Stamp Name:Medal winners of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi Details:
The post of the Republic of
Belarus issued 3 nos of stamps and a souvenir sheet from the series “Medal
winners of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi”.
XXII Olympic Winter Games were held in Sochi (Russian Federation) from 7
to 23 February 2014.2800 athletes from 88 countries attended the event.
Belarus was represented by 26 athletes (15 men and 11 women) in 5
Belarus team took part in Winter Olympics for the sixth time. Belarus is
ranking the 8th in the medal table. Belarusian athletes have won six
medals (5 gold and 1 bronze). The medal winners are: Darya Domracheva
(three-time Olympic champion in biathlon), Alla Tsuper (Olympic champion
in freestyle), Anton Kushnir (Olympic champion in freestyle) and
Nadezhda Skardino (bronze medal in biathlon). The three-time Olympic
champion Darya Domracheva has been awarded the title “Hero of Belarus”.
The stamps depict Nadezhda Skardino, Alla Tsuper, Anton Kushnir, the souvenir sheet features Darya Domracheva.
# Special Cover will be release on Birds of Mangalajodi Its vast wetlands attract thousands of migratory birds journey from as far different places of the world. Its wetland now host
more than 1.5 lakhs of birds in the peak season. November to March is a
good time to visit for enjoying an amazing experience. Its importance as
a significant global wetland habitat and declared as an International Bird Conservation Area.
# 8 numbers of Picture Post cards will also released on 9th FEB'2014 at Mangalajodi,Odisha.
To spread understanding about the beauty of ancient Chinese artifacts,
Chunghwa Post is issuing two souvenir sheets on five items from the
National Palace Museum’s exhibition – “ The all Complete Qianlong: a
Special Exhibition on the Aesthetic Tastes of the Qing Emperor Gaozong.”
Souvenir Sheet A: includes one stamp
Year’s Chinese silk tapestry scroll with Emperor Gaozong’s calligraphy,
Qing dynasty (NT$25): Based on a new year’s painting by Emperor Qianlong of the Qing dynasty, the sheet features a Chinese silk tapestry
scroll. The tapestry depicts a pine branch, some camellia flowers and
plum blossoms in a vase. In front of the vase are a persimmon, two lily
bulbs, as well as some reishi mushrooms placed in an incense burner. It
symbolizes good fortune and longevity.
Souvenir Sheet B: includes four stamps 1.
Revolving gourd-shaped vase with decoration of floral pattern in yellow
ground of yangcai painted enamels, Qianlong reign, Qing dynasty (NT$5):
The vase consists of four parts: a small vase on the top, a middle
section that connects to the upper half of the open fretwork, a base
that connects to the lower half of the open fretwork, and an inner
cylinder. Hibiscuses are painted on the lip, the body, and the base,
whereas the neck, the waist and the open fretwork are adorned with
representations of golden lotus petals and scroll grass patterns over a
sky blue field. A mark on the base in underglaze blue and seal script
reads, "Made during the reign of Qianlong of the Qing dynasty.” 2.
Carved red lacquer bowl and plate with dragon motif, Qianlong reign,
Qing dynasty (NT$10):This glossy red lacquer bowl stand consists of a
tall ringfoot, a six-petal sunflower-shaped plate, and a round
bottomless bowl holder. The outer wall of the bowl holder features a
dragon weaving through clouds. The ringfoot and both sides of the plate
are adorned with cloud patterns. A mark on the base includes the
character for wisdom in gold regular script and the following text:
"Made during the reign of Qianlong of the Qing dynasty.” 3. Plate
with celadon glaze, Ru ware, Northern Song dynasty (NT$10):This plate
is round with a slightly arched wall and flat well. Its foot rim curls
slightly outwards with brass studs on the edge. There is a pinkish sheen
where the glaze is thin. There are crackles where the glaze pooled at
the edge of the well. The plate has a poem by Emperor Qianlong inscribed
on the base. 4. Jade bear vessel, Qianlong reign, Qing dynasty
(NT$12): This vessel is made to look like a bear, with its mouth open,
its tongue slightly curled, its left hand stretching forward and its
right hand pulling back. It holds a ball in its right hand and is posed
to throw. A tube sticks out from its back. A three-column inscription in
regular script on the back of the tube reads, “In the ancient style,
Qianlong of the Qing dynasty.”Source-Chunghwa Post
Remark:Thanks Chen for sending these two FDC on the issue date,The local First day cancellation is good.I hope you will also send the miniature sheets to me later.The size of the two FDC are different for the big & small size miniature sheet.Well planned,now India Post is also doing the same for last few issues this year.