Thursday, August 11, 2011

Taiwan shows next classic novel set on July 21,2011

To promote understanding about Chinese classical literature, Chunghwa Post previously released three sets of stamps on “Journey to the West”. It is now following up with a new set of four stamps. The stamps were issued Juy 21, 2011. They will come in  sheets of twwnty stamps in a 4 X 5 format and were  designed by Rolland Chang and printed by the Central Engraving and Printing company. The multi color stamps have a size of 30 X 40 mm and were printed by the offset method with a perforation of 12 1/2. Following is a short description of each stamp that has been supplied by the Taiwan Post Office.

1. “Swindling Treasures” (NT$5): Golden Horn and Silver Horn of the Lotus Cave dispatched two little demons with the Golden Purple Gourd and the White Jade Vase in their hands to capture Sun Wukong. Sun first transformed himself into an old Daoist priest and conjured up a large purple-gold gourd. He convinced the little demons that the gourd could hold the sky and tricked them into swapping it for their treasures.

2. “Red Boy” (NT$5): Red Boy snatched the monk, taking him off to the Fire Cloud Cave. Sun went to the Goddess of Mercy of the South Sea for help. She tamed Red Boy with five gold rings that bound his head, hands and legs and made him serve as her page Shancai Boy.

3. “Crossing the River on Turtle’s Back” (NT$12): Encountering a gold fish monster at the Tongtian River, Sun went to the Goddess of Mercy in the South Sea for help. After the monster was captured, a big white turtle surfaced to greet the monk and his disciples when they wanted to cross the river. It turned out that the Residence of the River Turtle, where the gold fish monster lived, originally belonged to the turtle. To show gratitude, the turtle carried them across the river.

4. “Achieving Nirvana” (NT$25): After their return, the monk and his disciples presented Emperor Taizong with scriptures and then went before rulai, Tathagata, at Vulture Peak. Tathagata conferred the title of Meritorious and Virtuous Buddha of Zhantan upon the Tang monk, Victorious Fighting Buddha upon the monkey Sun Wukong, Cleanser of the Altars upon the Pigsy, Golden Bodied Arhat upon Sha Wujing, and Naga of the Eight Sections of Heaven upon the horse. All five achieved nirvana.

First day covers with a complete set of 4 stamp will sell for NT$49 each. For more information please contact them at: 

                                                                The Taiwan Post office

Issued at the same time was what the Post Office is calling a "Postbag" for sending items through the mail using an environmentaly friendybage made from microfiber with abrasion resistance properties. The bag will sell for NT$200 and will be available at all post office branches throught the country