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The Belt and Road


The Chinese Stamp Exhibition is divided into four sections, namely: 1. Heavenly Creations• The origin of stamps in China; 2. Magnificent Scenery• The natural beauty of mountains and rivers in China; 3. Distant history • The humanistic beauty in China; 4. Significant Development• The beauty of dramatic change in China. 


First of all, the four sections include 135 sub-themes with a total of 1,628 stamps, covering from the first Chinese stamp "Panlong" issued by Chinese Imperial Post in Qing Dynasty to the latest "The Belt and Road" commemorative stamps. Among them, many are the first-issued stamps of each series, such as "Panlong"- the first Chinese stamp, "Tiananmen Regular Stamps"- the first regular stamps and "The Founding Stamps"- the first set of special commemorative stamps (referred to as the commemorative 1 – 4) since the establishment of the People's Republic of China, "Kang Shen – The Year of Monkey" - the first birthday stamps (issued in 1980, also referred to as 80 version of monkey stamps), "West Lake"- the first landscape stamps, etc.


Secondly, the exhibition also includes valuable stamps. Taking 80 version of the monkey stamps as an example, the value of one version is 1.2 million RMB in the auction in 2011 and 10,000 RMB for ticket price in 2016. 


Thirdly, this exhibition has full versions of the stamps, including the whole sets of stamps of Yangtze River, Yellow River, Chinese Five Famous Mountains, Chinese Ancient Paintings, Chinese Opera, Chinese Four Great Classical Novels and Chinese Zodiac (one to four), etc. Therefore, with numerous, valuable stamps displayed together, the exhibition will bring a unique experience for visitors and stamp collectors. 


 Heavenly Creations• the origin of stamps in China


As the symbol of Chinese culture, Dragon represents supreme authority, therefore, it was usually used as the designs of stamps in Qing Dynasty. In 1878, Chinese first postage stamps with the design of dragon- "Panlong" were issued by Imperial Maritime Customs of Shanghai.


Magnificent Scenery• the natural beauty of mountains and rivers in China


China is of vast territory with diverse climates, ranging from tropic areas to frigid areas longitudinally and covering basin and plateau from the west to the east; The provinces are closely connected with each other, forming into an integrated territory of China. Each province represents not only different administrative divisions, but also diverse ethnic groups, geographical locations and cultural characteristics.


Distant history • the humanistic beauty in China


By the end of July, 2016, a total of 50 world cultural heritages, landscape and natural heritages in China have been recorded in the "World Heritage List", including Emperor Qin's Terracotta Warriors, the Palace Museum, the Potala Palace, Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, etc.,  which represent the wisdom of the ancient Chinese and the fruit of labor.


百年化蝶龙腾飞 ·发展之美

Significant Development• the beauty of dramatic change in China


新中国·建造 Stamps of the Constructions of the PRC


After the founding of new China, there has been qualitative leaps in terms of science and technology and labor force, especially after the adoption of the reform and opening up policy. Many landmarks of the world's first-class design become the cities’ typical images. "Stamps of Constructions of the PRC" display the completely new looks of China's constructions from the perspective of architecture. 

Time:       Sep. 27th 2017
Location: Andreas Vesaliusstraat 13, 3000 Leuven
Ticket:     Free Entry
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