Shao Yong was a philosopher, historian and cosmologist living in the 11th century whose writings cast a profound influence on neo-Confucianism.
China Post recently issued a collection of stamps to mark the 1,010th anniversary of Shao's birth. It features a drawing and a calligraphic tribute by Fan Zeng, as well as drawings of Shao's birth village and the site of Shao's grave.
The company also issued a collection of stamps commemorating the 1,000th anniversary of the birth of Wang Anshi, the noted 11th-century statesman, economist and poet of Song Dynasty (960-1279). Designers have drawn inspiration from the style of books printed in the Song era which were famous for the woodblock printing technology and a format of elegance and refinement.
Collectors will also be enthralled by a special calendar which includes issued stamps that introduce a total of 138 historical figures from different areas. The calendar also features drawings for the stamps that have been issued for traditional Chinese festivals during the entire year, as well as the 24 solar terms and 12 zodiac animals.
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