Hongkong Post today (September 12) announced that the "World Heritage in China Series No. 1: The Great Wall" stamp sheetlet will be released for sale together with associated philatelic products on September 27.
The construction of the Great Wall dates back to around 220 BC. Stretching over 6,700 kilometres in total, it is the world's largest military structure as well as one of the greatest ancient defence projects. The Great Wall demonstrates the indomitable perseverance and high wisdom of the ancient Chinese, unparalleled technological advances in ancient China and the long history of the Chinese nation. It was listed on the World Heritage List by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 1987.
The stamp sheetlet captures the awe-inspiring magnificence of the Great Wall from different perspectives. Silhouetted against the sunset across the upper part of the sheetlet is Jiayuguan. On the left side of the sheetlet and on the stamp is the Badaling section of the Great Wall. On the right side of the sheetlet is the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall.
Official First Day Covers will be on sale at $1 each at all post offices from September 13. The stamp sheetlet and associated philatelic products will be displayed at the General Post Office, Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office, Tsuen Wan Post Office and Sha Tin Central Post Office from the same day. Advance orders for servicing self-provided covers will be accepted at all philatelic offices from September 13 to 19.
Information about this special stamp issue and associated philatelic products is available on Hongkong Post's website at www.hongkongpost.com and the Hongkong Post Mobile App.