Tuesday, June 30, 2009

China Stamps: 2009-13

China Stamps
Name: The 16th Asian Games
Number: 2009-13
Date of Issue: 30 June 2009
Value: 2 stamps/set

The 16th Asian Games is scheduled to be held from November 12th to 27th, 2010 in Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong Province. Guangzhou will be the second city in China to host the game after Beijing in 1990.

1.20元 (2-1):
The design of the official emblem, inspired from the statue of the Five Goats in Guangzhou Yuexiu Park, features soft and uplifting lines to outline a contour of the Five Goats that resemble the shape of a torch. The design, a combination of grace and delicacy, represents the city symbol of Guangzhou, embodies the enthusiasm of Guangzhou citizens in hosting the event, manifests the ever-burning sacred flame of the Asian Games, and conveys the vigor and vitality to be staged at the 16th Asian Games.

1.20元 (2-2): Mascots
The Official Mascots of the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games are Le Yangyang and his four friends, A Xiang, A He, A Ru and A Yi, each with their own character and style. Put together, their names make the China phrase, Xiang He Ru Yi Le Yangyang, which means Peace, Harmony and Great Happiness, with everything going as you wish. As an important symbol of Guangzhou, the Five Goats also represent the five colors of the Olympic rings, emblematizing the Olympic spirit of friendship, cooperation, equal participation and fair competition. Conveying the vision of the 16th Asian Games, "Thrilling Games, Harmonious Asia," the mascots express anticipation for the Asian Games of Chinese people, especially Guangzhou people, as well as their warm welcome to people from Asia and the rest of the world.

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