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Hongkong Post unveils new stamp issues for January to June 2023
     Hongkong Post announced today (November 2) that six sets of special stamps will be issued from January to June 2023 encompassing a variety of themes, each with its own ingenious design and distinctive style, making them a valuable collectables for philatelists and the public.
     Hongkong Post will, as usual, issue a set of special stamps on the Chinese zodiac sign of the coming year to herald the Lunar New Year. "Year of the Rabbit" stamps, "Gold and Silver Stamp Sheetlet on Lunar New Year Animals - Tiger/Rabbit", "Silver Hot Foil Lunar New Year Animal Stamps - Rat/Ox/Tiger/Rabbit" and "Twelve Animals of the Lunar New Year Cycle Stamp Sheetlets" will be issued at the same time, adding a festive ambience to the new year.
     In addition, Hongkong Post will issue a set of six stamps and two stamp sheetlets on "Hong Kong Museums Collection - Jingguanlou" to showcase the representative works of three masters namely Zhu Qizhan (1892-1996), Xie Zhiliu (1910-1997) and Chen Peiqiu (1923-2020) with a modern twist, providing the public with an opportunity to appreciate the Jingguanlou collection that focuses on 20th century Chinese paintings and calligraphy.
     Hong Kong enjoys a subtropical climate and is home to a rich variety of plants. To encourage the public's awareness and appreciation of Hong Kong's trees in all seasons, Hongkong Post will issue a set of four stamps under the theme of "Seasonal Trees in Hong Kong" to introduce four kinds of seasonal trees that are commonly seen in the four seasons respectively, which include Yellow Pui that blooms in spring, Jacaranda that blossoms in summer, Bald Cypress that turns golden in autumn and Bell-flower Cherry that endures the strong cold of winter.
     Subsequent to the special stamps themed on "24 Solar Terms - Spring" issued in 2020, Hongkong Post will add another issue to the "24 Solar Terms" series. This set of special stamps features six solar terms in summer, namely "Summer Commences", "Corn Forms", "Corn on Ear", "Summer Solstice", "Moderate Heat" and "Great Heat".
     Hong Kong ranks among the best in the world in terms of healthcare, and it all builds upon the dedication of the healthcare workers. In particular, since the outbreak of COVID-19, all frontline and supporting healthcare workers in Hong Kong have exerted themselves in the prevention and control of the epidemic. In appreciation of all healthcare workers for their service, Hongkong Post will issue a set of special stamps on "A Tribute to Healthcare Workers" to pay tribute to all healthcare workers.
     Furthermore, Hongkong Post will release a set of special stamps on "Toys of Hong Kong - 1970s to 1980s" as a sequel to the set of special stamps themed on "Toys of Hong Kong - 1940s to 1960s" issued in 2016. This set of six stamps features popular toys in the 1970s to 1980s, such as Chinese billiards, spinning tops, alloy toys, rockets, play houses and robots, reflecting the booming development of the toy manufacturing industry, which was one of the four major industries in Hong Kong at that time.
     Customers may place advance orders for the above new stamp products from today on Hongkong Post's online shopping mall ShopThruPost (shopthrupost.hongkongpost.hk). Customers may also visit the Facebook page "郵票.郵趣@Hongkong Post Stamps" (www.facebook.com/HKPStamps) for more details. Customers who place orders by November 22 (Tuesday) will receive attractive gifts and bonus points. Further information about placing orders can be obtained from the Hongkong Post Stamps website or by calling the Hongkong Post Philatelic Bureau hotline at 2785 5711.
Ends/Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Issued at HKT 9:00
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