Sunday, September 13, 2009

China Stamps: 2009-20

China Stamps
Name: 300 Tang Poems (唐诗三百首)
Number: 2009-20
Date of Issue: 13 September 2009
Value: 6 stamps/set

1.20元 (6-1):
Downstream to Jiangling, Li Bai (下江陵 - 李白)
1.20元 (6-2): A View of Taishan, Du Fu (望岳 - 杜甫)
1.20元 (6-3): Song of a Pipa Player, Bai Juyi (琵琶行 - 白居易)
1.20元 (6-4): Untitled, Li Shangyin (无题 - 李商隐)
1.50元 (6-5): Looking at the Moon and Thinking of One Far Away, Zhang Jiuling (望月怀远 - 张九龄)
3元 (6-6): Ascending the Stork Tower, Wang Zhihuan (登鹳雀楼 - 王之涣)

The Tang Dynasty (618 - 907), considered the golden age of classical Chinese poetry, produced a galaxy of prominent poets in a variety of genres. The creations of Li Bai, Du Fu, Wang Wei and Bai Juyi represent the best of Chinese classical poetic forms. The profound and meaningful poems of the prime Tang period took the Tang poetry to its zenith. Compiled by Sun Zhu of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911), the "300 Tang Poems", a selection of 310 poems, mostly of the prime Tang period, embodies different characteristics and styles of different stages of the Tang. Since its publication during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1736 - 1795), it has remained the widest-spread and most influential collection of Tang poems.

Comment: This is an excellent set in China stamps history. It has many special effects on this sheet. 1. This sheet contains all of content of the 300 Tang Poems, totally 25,000 Chinese characters, they were micro-printed on this sheet, every Chinese character is only 0.4mm in height; 2. If you use a special talk-pen to click the micro-printed section, you will hear the reading of every poem (I don't know whether it is the first multi-media stamps in the world? Who knows?); 3. The moon on 6-5 stamp used the phosphorescence technology; 4. Some parts of this sheet used the sandalwood smell.
Part of micro-printed effect
Download the Full Text of the 300 Tang Poems (micro-printed) on this set:
Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4; Part 5; Part 6; Part 7.

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