Jul 8, 2010

China FDC on "Guangzhou and the Enchanting Pearl River"

First Day Cover
Sobrescrito de 1.º Dia


Guangzhou and the Enchanting Pearl River

Date of Issue : 28 June 2010

(On the 2nd FDC)
4-1 : Legendary Five Goats
4-2 : Guangzhou Center for the Performing Arts
(On the top FDC)
4-3 : The Pearl River
4-4 : Guangzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center

Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province, lies in the southern part of the province where the Pearl River meets the sea. Legend has it that five immortals riding five goats, each holding a rice stalk in the mouth, descended here from the heaven, hence the city's nicknames, Suicheng (City of Rice Ears) and Yangcheng (City of Goats). In 214 B.C., Qin Shi Huang (First Emperor of the Qin Dynasty) ordered General Ren Xiao to lead troops on an expedition to unify the southern regions. The triumphant troops then constructed a city in present-day Panyu area, which was documented as the begining of the history of Guangzhou. Historically, Guangzhou was an important part of the ancient Maritime Silk Road, while in morden days, it is a pilot in China's reform and opening-up policies, and it serves as the host city of the 16th Asian Games.

The design of the special cancellation of Shanghai is very much better than the offical cancellation.

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