Hongkong Post to issue "Outdoor Fun" special stamps (with photos)

     Hongkong Post announced today (May 2) the issue of a set of special stamps on the theme "Outdoor Fun", together with associated philatelic products, on May 16 (Tuesday).
     Hong Kong is a bustling metropolis well known for its fast-paced city life. Nevertheless, one can easily take a break from the hustle and enjoy all manner of outdoor activities while exploring the other side of Hong Kong.

     A wide range of open-air recreational pursuits suitable for all ages is organised in various districts in Hong Kong. To encourage public participation in outdoor activities and advocate a healthy and active lifestyle, Hongkong Post conducted a voting exercise on "My Favourite Outdoor Recreational and Leisure Activities" from February to March in 2016. Six such pastimes with high popularity ratings in the poll are featured in this set of special stamps entitled "Outdoor Fun", which comprise picnic and barbecue ($1.70), cycling ($2.20), visiting heritage sites ($2.90), beach fun ($3.10), hiking ($3.70) and outdoor photography ($5).
     This special stamp set showcases the dynamic and tranquil sides of cosmopolitan Hong Kong, and promotes wholesome out-of-doors activities for a well-rounded lifestyle. The stamps are illustrated in the style of open-air sketching to support the theme of outdoor recreational and leisure pursuits. A distinctive background colour is chosen for each of the six outdoor activities so that the six stamps form a jigsaw full of colours and vibrancy when put together.
     Official first day covers will be on sale at $1.30 each at all post offices from today. The stamps and associated philatelic products will be displayed at the General Post Office, Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office, Tsuen Wan Post Office, Sha Tin Central Post Office and Tuen Mun Central Post Office from the same day. Advance orders for servicing self-provided covers will be accepted at all philatelic offices from May 2 to 8. 
     Information about this special stamp issue and associated philatelic products is available on Hongkong Post's website at www.hongkongpost.hk and the Hongkong Post mobile app.

Ends/Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Issued at HKT 9:00