Oct 6, 2009

Hong Kong FDC on "60th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China"

First Day Cover
Sobrescrito de 1.º Dia

Hong Kong

60th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China

Date of Issue : 1 October 2009

(The stamps on the Souvenir Sheet of the 2nd FDC)
$1.40 : Victoria Harbour and Tiananmen Square depicted on two interlocking cogwheels
$1.80 : The five-star national flag flying by the side of the "Forever Blooming Bauhinia", symbolise the intimate and inseparable bond between Hong Kong and our Motherland.
$2.40 : The Bird's Nest reminds us of the country's first hosting of the Olympic Games.
$2.5 : The successful launch of China's manned spacecraft Shenzhou-7 marks China's rapid technological advancement and development.
$3 : The Temple of Heaven against the backdrop of an illuminated globe.
$5 : A golden dragon soaring above the Great Wall signify the nation's rising economic and international status.

On the 1st FDC, the stamp sheetlet with two $5 stamps in Chinese red captures the excitement of the special occasion. The National Emblem and the dazzling Tiananmen Square on the left and the Regional Emblem above the splendid night view of Hong Kong on the right underline the close and harmonious tie between Hong Kong and the Mainland.

A very popular stamp issue in Hong Kong. There was long queue outside every philatelic post office on that day. The queue at GPO extended all the way to the opposite of the IFC building. I started queue up at around 11am and left GPO after 5pm without lunch. The design of the souvenir sheet is rather good, especially the $5 and the $2.5 stamp, but the stamp sheetlet is poor.

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