The Dog Year collector’s stamps [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
China Post started selling the Year of the Dog collector’s stamps this Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 in preparation for Chinese New Year.
A launch ceremony was held by Guangzhou Post Stamp Office at the Guangzhou Library this morning (Jan. 5), unveiling the Dog Year collector’s stamps and a set of flower themedd postcards. A total of 400 stamp collecting enthusiasts and 100 lucky residents born in the Year of the Dog were invited to this special event.
Two designs for the Dog Year collector’s stamps have been released, one featuring a male black-and-white husky standing proud, embodying prosperity and protection, and the other featuring a female brown Shiba Inu licking her black cub, representing family and parental love.
The stamps have been designed by Zhou Lingzhao, a well-known artist who also helped create the second, third and fourth editions of the renminbi, the Chinese currency, as well as the national emblem.
The dog is the 11th animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, said to symbolize loyalty, honesty, safety, prosperity and family unity.