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Country gets stamps of approval

CHINA Post issued a set of stamps yesterday to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China - and they are certain to become collectors' items.

The set contains four stamps, featuring the founding of the country, the reform and opening-up, the return of Hong Kong and Macau and the Beijing Olympic Games.

The stamps, priced at 1.2 yuan (17 US cents) each, were designed by noted filmmaker Zhang Yimou, who directed last year's Beijing Olympics' opening and closing ceremonies.

The stamps are available to residents - together with the country's first set of military parade-themed stamps - from 7am today at 80 post offices around the city.

"The value of these stamps will surely increase," said Liu Youming, a stamp collector.

"Stamps are the name cards of a country. These stamps are especially precious because they show the strength of our country."

Liu Guangming, an expert with the Shanghai Philately Association, concurred. "These stamps are priceless. I think no people should miss this opportunity," Liu said.

A first-day cover edition was also issued yesterday.

The last time the country issued stamps to commemorate its founding was 1999.

A city exhibition that will last until October 9 was opened yesterday at the Shanghai Post Museum to coincide with the release of the stamps.

A total of 800 framed exhibits with different themes featuring the 60-year history of the country are on show.


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