Nanning, China, Dec. 7, 2016 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/– China 2016 Asian International Stamp Exhibition was held from December 2 to December 6 in Nanning. The Exhibition was sponsored by Inter-Asia Philatelic Federation (FIAP) and recognized by International Philatelic Federation (FIP). Established by the FIAP, the exhibition is a regional stamp exhibition which is aimed to boost the development of world philately. It is the forth time that the exhibition is held in China since its establishment in 1977.
The Stamp Exhibition was a comprehensive Asian International stamp exhibition. There were 13 competitive classes, including FIAP Championship class, Traditional Philately, Postal History, Postal Stationery, Aerophilately, Astrophilately, Thematic, Maximaphily, Revenue, Youth, Philatelic literature, One-frame and Modern Philately. The exhibits were from 22 members of FIAP, namely Australia, Bahrain, Bengal, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Macao, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, and United Arab Emirates. A total of 1300 frames and 51 literature documents were exhibited.
In addition, about 50 albums of stamps from 26 countries and regions appeared on the official stamp exhibition organized by Universal Postal Union (UPU). The exhibits were classical stamp albums from various countries around the world. The personal collections of the presidents of the FIP and FIAP were also exhibited in the event.
There were five theme days in this years’ exhibition, namely Opening Day, Nanning Day, Youth Day, Chinese Zodiac Day and the Closing Day. On each theme day, some renowned stamp designers arrived at the venue and met with philately fans. December 3 was Nanning Day. On that day, the organizers held a “Nanning City Creativity Exhibition”. Through three modules of “Nanning Memories”, “Nanning Culture Creativity” and “Nanning Impression”, the organizers tried to demonstrate fast-changing city landscape and cultural vitality of Nanning. Moreover, scarce stamp exhibition, Chinese Zodiac Stamp culture exhibition and national thematic post office culture exhibition were also part of the event.
In addition, an international philately seminar organized by the UPU and the State Postal Bureau of the People’s Republic of China was held during the event. The organizers also held activities like the fourth lottery-drawing session of the 2016 China postal cards and the awarding ceremony of the youth postal card designing competition.
Nanning is a city with profound philatelic culture. It is among the first few cities that started early research on philately. The philately association of Nanning was established in 1983. Until 2015, there are 200 substratum philatelic organizations and 15,000 members in the association. Philately has
become a hobby of many Nanning citizens. The Stamp Exhibition held in Nanning is a good opportunity to enhance the understanding from different countries and nations. It also serves to propagate philatelic culture and enhance economic as well as cultural communication among Asian countries.
Source: Nanning Municipal Bureau of News