30 June 2009

Role of Jing in Peking Opera

Name: Role of Jing in Peking Opera
Date of Issue: 23 February 2008
(6-1) 80 fen: Xu Yanzhao
(6-2) 1.20 yuan: Bao Zheng
(6-3) 1.20 yuan: Lian Po
(6-4) 1.20 yuan: Zhang Fei
(6-5) 1.20 yuan: Cao Cao
(6-6) 1.20 yuan: Yang Yansi

The roles on the Chinese opera stage fall into four categories: Sheng(Male Role), Dan(Female Role), Jing(Painted Face Male) and Chou(Comedy Actor or Clown). These roles have the natural features of age and sex, as well as social status, and are artificially exaggerated by makeup, costume and gestures.

Jing refers to painted-face roles, known popularly as Hualian. The different colors and designs on the faces represent males with different characteristics. Some are bold and vigorous and some are sinister, ruthless, crude and rash. The voice is loud and clear, and the movements are exaggerated.

The Jing role originates from the Fujing role of the Song Zaju. The Jing roles gradually increased in number, and became further divided into several groups, according to the different social positions and characters of the roles.

Dahualian with a fully painted face is known as Zheng Jing. The roles represent men of high social standing and good behavior, often court ministers. Zheng Jing sings in vigorous and sturdy tones.

Erhualian, also known as Fu Jing, has powerful bodily movements and sturdy singing voices. Some roles in this group represent rascally ministers, recognizable by their white faces.

Wu'er Hualian is also known as Wu Jing. This role is more physical than most of the others, with little singing or reciting.

28 June 2009

The 50th Anniversary of the Founding of Ningxia Autonomous Region

Name: The 50th Anniversary of the Founding of Ningxia Autonomous Region
Date of Issue: 23 September 2008
80 Fen (3-1): Wind Power
1.20 Yuan (3-2): Oasis in Desert
1.20 Yuan (3-2): Home of Harmony

27 June 2009

The 50th Anniversary of University of Science and Technology of China

Name: The 50th Anniversary of University of Science and Technology of China
Date of Issue: 20 September 2008
The University of Science and Technology of China (USTC; simplified Chinese: 中国科学技术大学; traditional Chinese: 中國科學技術大學; pinyin: Zhōngguó Kēxué Jìshù Dàxué) is a national research university in Hefei, China. The university is regarded as one of the most prestigious universities in China. It was founded in Beijing by the Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS) in September of 1958. It was moved to Hefei city in Anhui province in the beginning of 1970 during the Cultural Revolution.

USTC was founded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS) in 1958 in response to the urgent need for the national economy, defense construction, and education in science and technology. It has been featured by its competence on scientific and technological research and expended into humanities and management with a strong scientific and engineering emphasis. USTC has 9 schools, 23 departments, the Special Class for the Gifted Young, the Experimental Class for the Teaching Reform, the Graduate Schools (Hefei, Shanghai, Suzhou), School of Management (Beijing), the Software School, School of Network Education, and School of Continuing Education.

Cover from Singapore

My first cover from Singapore.
There are four stamps of 1st local from new definitive series of 2009 and one stamp of 2007.
Thanks to Edmund

26 June 2009

Cover from Malaysia

Beautiful cover from Malaysia containing 5 different colourful stamps.
Cover was send on 9 June 2009
Thanks to Andrew Muggle

25 June 2009

Malaysia - Crossroads of Asia

Beautiful Postcard form Malaysia showing lively market at Kota Kelantan, selling every imaginable form of produce.
There is 50 sen stamp of Bird.

Thanks to Andrew Muggle.

24 June 2009

Cristo Rie 50 Anos

Cristo Rie 50 Anos
Date of Issue: 17 May 2009
Denominations: 0,32 , 0,68

Postcard shows image of Cristo Rie Ponte, Christ the King and Bridge.

Beautiful FDC and Postcard from Portugal.
This is my first FDC from Portugal.
Thanks to Mario Ribeiro

22 June 2009

Cover from Spain

Nice cover from Spain
Cover contains three stamps 0,28 0,30 0,30

21 June 2009

Melbourne 2006

Name: Melbourne 2006
Date of Issue: 2006
Denominations: 50c x 2

Commemorative stamps to depict 2006 game in Melbourne.

Olympic Cover from Algeria

Name: 29 Beijing Olympic 2008
Denominations: 15.00 x 2

My first cover from Algeria posted on 26 May 2009
Thank you very much Quari Khemissi for nice cover

20 June 2009

Postcard from Germany

Beautiful postcard from Germany with colourful stamps.
Thanks to Igor

Beijing Olympic 2008

Name: Beijing Olympic 2008
Denominations: 0,85

Beautiful cover from Italy with Beijing olympic stamp
Thanks to Riccardo

19 June 2009

Olympic Handover to London

Name: Olympic Handover to London
Date of Issue: 24 August 2008
Denominations:1.20 Yaun x 4

1.20 Yuan (4-1): National Stadium, Beijing
The National Stadium, also known as "Bird's Nest", located in the southern part of the core area of the Olympic Green, is the main venue for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. Covering a land area of 21 hectares and a total floor space of 258,000 square meters, the stadium offers 91,000 seats, including 11,000 temporary ones. It hosted the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2008 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games as well as the track-and-field events and soccer finals. After the Games, the stadium will serve as a public venue for people to extensively participate in athletic and recreational activities, and will become a landmark sports structure.

1.20 Yuan (4-2): Corner Tower, Forbidden City, Beijing
Corner Towers are part of the Forbidden City in Beijing and functioned as defense facilities for the Imperial Palace along with the city wall, gate towers and moat. The four corner towers placed at the four corners of the Forbidden City are of the same structure, consisting of a triple-eave roof, nine main beams, 18 columns, and 72 ridgepoles. They are characterized by complex appearance and exquisitely decorated vermilion walls and yellow tiles. The four corner towers of the Forbidden City carry forward the features of ancient Chinese timber-framed architecture, namely flexibility and variation, and combine functions with decorative effect, demonstrating the superb craftsmanship of ancient Chinese artisans.

1.20 Yuan (4-3): London Eye
The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel, located on the bank of the River Thames, is a 135-meter-high Ferris wheel and a beautiful sight in the skyline of London. The London Eye, erected and opened to the public in 2000 to celebrate the millennium, has now become a landmark and the most popular tourist attraction in London. Tourists can sit high up in the sky above downtown London and take a magnificent view of the city while listening to the narrative about it.

1.20 Yuan (4-4): Tower of London
The Tower of London, located by the Tower Hill on the north bank of the River Thames, is a Norman castle of over nine centuries old. The Tower functioned in history as a fortress, an arsenal, a treasury, a mint, a royal palace, an execution ground, an astronomical observatory, a refuge and a prison (particularly for high0ranking or royal prisoners). It has now become a renowned tourist resort of the UK. The museum in the Tower houses ancient weapons, crowns and royal jewelry. The Tower of London was listed among the World Cultural Heritage sites in 1988.

17 June 2009

Cover from Japan

Nice cover from Japan with flower stamps
Thanks to Hide Ouchi
Cover was sent on 28/05/2009 and reached me on 4/6/2009

16 June 2009

Cover from India

Nice cover with Beijing olympic stamp and Ustad Bismillah Khan
Thanks to Bhavyansh

14 June 2009

12 June 2009

Europa 2009

Name: International Year of Astronomy
Denominations:0,60 - 0,65

Cover shows two stamps of Europa 2009 - International year of astronomy
Thanks to Maltea

11 June 2009

Cover fro State of Qatar

Cover contains on personality stamps and one stamp of insect (Praying Mantis)

Nice cover from Qatar by Rodel
Thank you very much

Postcard from Qatar

A nice postcard from Qatar
The image shows "The Ardah - traditional dance performed by men on festive occasion"

10 June 2009

Cover from Czech Republic

Name: Beijing Olympic 2008
Cover was sent on 7/5/2009 and reached me on 16/5/2009.
Thanks to Milan for Nice cover

Stamps for Czech Republic

Some nice stamps from Czech republic send by my friend Milan.

09 June 2009

Postcards from Czech Republic

This card is of Kvetna Zahrada Pamatka UNESCO

This cards shows various places of Kromeriz

Some nice postcards from Czech republic send by my friend Milan

08 June 2009