Special Postage Stamps Capture the Great Beauty of Tibet! (2015)

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Original Article: 邮票上的大美西藏

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Tibet Autonomous Region, in mid-July 2015, the People’s Bank of China issued one gold and one silver commemorative coin. On September 1, China Post issued the “50th Anniversary of the Founding of the Tibet Autonomous Region Stamp Collection” – a set of three commemorative stamps representing inturn the beauty of Tibet, the harmony Tibet and the happiness of Tibet (pictured above).

It is reported that this set of stamps draws on the characteristics of Thangka and integrates the paintings of green and blue landscapes (i.e. ‘mountains and rivers’) as found within traditional Chinese paintings. This set organizes and integrates natural scenery with traditional culture, ecological environment, national unity, prosperity and the development of Tibet in stamp design, with emphasis upon the snowy areas. The plateau has crystal clear and fresh air which magnifies bright colors, and is rich in regional characteristics. In the artistic style, the elements of modern art are incorporated; in the composition, the expansion of content and the impact of vision are enhanced. The designer of this set of stamps is Ye Xingsheng (叶星生), a national first-class artist in the Chinese art world. He has many identities such as painter, collector, and Tibetan scholar, etc. The Tibetan stamps are designed in the style of painting known as “Zha xi De Lei Tu” (扎西德勒图) – the style used unchanged in the Great Hall of the People for 30 years – which was also invented by Ye Xingsheng.

Looking back in history, it was found that the Chinese State also issued stamps during major numerous commemorative events in Tibet.

March 15, 1952:

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To celebrate the Peaceful liberation of Tibet and the establishment of the Autonomous Region, a set of four commemorative stamps entitled the “Peaceful Liberation of Tibet” was issued on March 15, 1952, with the “Potala Palace” and “Cultivated Cattle Farmland” as the main themes to represent this peaceful transition.

September 1, 1985:

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On September 1, 1985, a set of three commemorative stamps was issued to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

May 23, 1991

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On May 23, 1991, a set of two commemorative stamps, and One Sheetlet, was issued to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet.

August 26, 2005:

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On August 26, 2005, a set of commemorative stamps was issued to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Founding of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

May 23, 2011:

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A set of three commemorative stamps celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet was issued on May 23, 2011.

There has been numerous stamps issued about Tibet, as well as stamps featuring folk songs and dances, Tibetan scenery, and the Tibetan Thangka. The Socialist World is inclusive, and these stamps – although small in structure – nevertheless represent in miniture the very great achievements that Socialist Tibet has achieved in just a few decades, through a culture spanning thousands of years. The people of all ethnic groups in this region are United under the leadership of the Communist Party of China. A ‘New’ Style of a ‘New’ Socialist Tibet.

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