Year of Rooster stamps released in Hunan
A collectible set of rooster-themed stamps was released in Hunan province on Jan 5, attracting many keen stamp collectors from around the province.
A set of collectible rooster-themed stamps are released in Hunan province on Jan 5. [Photo/rednet.cn]
The stamps are available at 118 designated post offices in 14 cities throughout the province.
To celebrate the Year of Rooster, the set, released by China Post, was designed by Han Meilin, one of China's most renowned painters and artists. He is famous for designing the mascots for Beijing Olympic Games.
Two types of stamps are included in the set, both with different meanings. One features a rooster at full sprint, representing the rising of country and resembling the shape of the map of China. The other portrays a hen caring for her chicks, representing happy and harmonious families in the country.
Stamp collectors from around Hunan province queue to buy sets of rooster-themed stamps. [Photo/rednet.cn]
In Chinese astrology, the rooster is said to be the epitome of fidelity and punctuality, and has been used for centuries as nature's alarm clock.
The rooster is the 10th Chinese zodiac in a 12-year cycle, with the previous Year of Rooster falling in 2005. The coming Year of the Rooster starts on Jan 28, 2017, Chinese Lunar New Year's Day.
A stamp collector shows off his new set. [Photo/rednet.cn]