Great Classical Novel of China on the Stamps

19 Mar 2018  Mon

The Chungwa Post has issued a number of stamps featuring the Classical Literature of the country. Out of which, two sets of stamps were dedicated to the most famous classical novel: "Hung Lou Meng".

'Hung Lou Meng' or 'The Dream of the Red Chamber' or ‘the Story of the Stone is one of the greatest classical novels of China. It was written sometime in the middle of the 18th century during the Qing Dynasty. Long considered a masterpiece of Chinese literature, the novel is generally acknowledged to be the pinnacle of Chinese fiction.

Composed in vernacular (baihua) chinses, the novel is believed to be semi-autobiographical, mirroring the rise and decline of author Cao Xueqin's own family and, by extension, of the Qing Dynasty.

It is intended to be a memorial to the damsels he knew in his youth: friends, relatives, and servants. The novel is remarkable not only for its huge cast of characters and psychological scope but also for its precise and detailed observation of the life and social structures typical of 18th-century Chinese society.

More than 10 stamps have been issued featuring the traditional paintings by contemporary painter Dai Dunbang. This particular stamp depicts a couple sitting intimately in a garden. The miniature sheet depicts the scenic view of a traditional Chinese village.

No other stamp can be more beautiful than this.

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