Issuing Ceremony of the Confucius Institute Special Stamps Held in Beijing

  • [来源]    Hanban 
  • [发表时间]    2012-12-14 11:32:20 
 


Xu Lin, Director-General of Hanban and Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters, Delivering a Speech at the Issuing Ceremony


Li Pizheng, Deputy General Manager of China Post Group, Delivering a Speech at the Issuing Ceremony


Gao Shan, Deputy General Manager of the Stamps Issuance Department of China Post Group, Reading the Circular on the Issuing of the Confucius Institute Special Stamps


Xu Lin, Director-General of Hanban and Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters, and Li Pizheng, Deputy General Manager of China Post Group Unveiling the Confucius Institute Special Stamps Together


The Issuing Ceremony


Group Photo of Guests Attending the Issuing Ceremony


The Confucius Institute Special Stamps

Beijing, December 1—Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters and China Post Group held the Issuing Ceremony of the Confucius Institute Special Stamps in Beijing. Xu Lin, Director-General of Hanban and Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, and Li Pizheng, Deputy General Manager of China Post Group, attended the issuing ceremony and unveiled the special stamps together.

Xu Lin, Director-General of Hanban and Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters, delivered a speech at the issuing ceremony. She said, the Confucius Institute special stamps demonstrate the splendidness of Chinese culture and carry the best wishes of Chinese people. They are not only a special memento of the extraordinary development process of Confucius Institutes over the past eight years but are also a good prospect of Confucius Institutes’ future development in their undertakings. In addition, the stamps stand for everyone’s common aspiration to accelerate the Chinese language going global and enhance the international influence of Chinese culture. Taking this opportunity, Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters will strive to create new dimensions for developing Confucius Institutes, build a cultural bridge to promote the friendship between China and the rest of the world as well as world peace, and make new contributions to enhancing the international influence of Chinese culture.

Li Pizheng, Deputy General Manager of China Post Group, also delivered a speech at the issuing ceremony.

Gao Shan, Deputy General Manager of the Stamps Issuance Department of China Post Group, read the Circular on the Issuing of the Confucius Institute Special Stamps.

The Confucius Institute special stamps are the first stamps with the theme of the “Confucius Institute” publicly issued by the China Post Group. There are two stamps in one set, themed as “exchange” and “teaching” respectively, with a total face value of RMB 4.2 yuan. The seal character stamp specially carved by Li Lanqing, former Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Vice-Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, for the Confucius Institute, as well as two Chinese characters “你好” (“Hello” in English), written by the famous calligrapher Mr. Ouyang Zhongshi, were printed on the stamps. The stamps were designed by Professor Chen Nan, Director of the Research Institute of Graphic Design System Development, Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University. In addition, the set of stamps is provided with first-day covers, souvenir folders and stamp albums.

The two stamps in one set of the Confucius Institute special stamps feature rich colors, lively and brightly colored patterns as well as natural and exquisite transitions. The first stamp “exchange” bears the logo of Confucius Institute in a realistic and colorful form, and the elements including a dove of peace, the earth and a rainbow convey the concepts of peace and cultural envoy, world and bridge, respectively. The Chinese characters “你好” held in the dove’s mouth directly points out the theme of communication.

The main image on the second stamp “teaching” is a cute panda holding a blackboard with “Confucius Institute” in English and Chinese written on it. Personification was used to show the affinity of Confucius Institutes in launching Chinese language teaching. In addition, on the stamp there is a rainbow, perfectly connected with the wings of the dove of peace on the first stamp, which allows the image of the two stamps to integrate with each other, showing the role played by Confucius Institutes as a bridge for cultural transmission in different regions and among people of different skin colors.

Since the first Confucius Institute was founded at the end of 2004, Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters has set up 400 Confucius Institutes and over 500 Confucius Classrooms in 108 countries. The Confucius Institutes have developed a new model of cooperation between China and other countries in developing language and cultural exchanges, and created a new way for Chinese culture to go global. They have been a comprehensive platform for educational and cultural exchanges between China and other countries, as well as an important channel for various civilizations to communicate and learn from each other, thus well received by people in different countries.