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New stamp sets mark 18th Party Congress

PEOPLE lined up in a long queue yesterday to ensure they got commemorative stamps marking the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

Collectors at the front of the line at Shanghai Philatelic Corp said they started queuing as early as Tuesday to ensure they got the stamps. Some said they even asked for annual leave.

Collecting stamps, especially those commemorative ones, is a fairly popular hobby in China as some commemorative stamps soared a lot in value.

China Post Co issued a set of two stamps and a stamp sheet to mark the 18th CPC National Congress that opened in Beijing yesterday.

One stamp pictures a Shenzhou spacecraft to symbolize the country's scientific development while the other depicts a pigeon flying over the Great Wall, representing the Party's goal to move forward while maintaining links to the past.

Both stamps have a face value of 1.2 yuan (19 US cents).

The 6 yuan stamp sheet, celebrating the opening of the Congress, combines the Great Hall of the People with the Party's emblem in a red background with flower patterns.

Shanghai Post Co said altogether 150,000 sets of stamps went on sale in 80 post offices across the city at 8am. They were sold out within two hours.

Zhang Xipeng, 90, was the first to get the stamps at Shanghai Philatelic Corporation.

"I arrived at 7am but there were already 20 people ahead of me," Zhang said. "They were so nice and the first person in line gave his place to me."

Zhang said the stamps had a nice modern design and were very good collectibles.


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