Thursday, March 17, 2011

China 1985 Maxi Cards - 580th anniv of Admiral Zheng-He's Voyages

Date of Issue: July 11, 1985
Scott: 1992 - 1995

Set of four stamps and maxi cards issued to commemorate 580th Anniversary of Voyages by Admiral Zheng-He. I have written much about this in earlier posts. Click here to view all stamps and materials in my collection regarding Zheng-He's Voyages.

Card 1 - Zheng-He standing in front of the Indian Ocean, holding the scroll from the Emperor of China in his hand. In the margins can see ships in his fleet.
Card 2 - scene of Zheng-He 's first meeting with the Champa Empire (in modern-day Vietnam). Local people sing and dance cheerfully to welcome Zheng-He' visit.
Card 3 - Zheng-He's fleets arriving at Arabia, where envoys of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) offer silk and porcelain in exchange for the local products. 
Card 4 - Zheng-He's fleets reaching Africa. The king welcomes Zheng-He in a full dress. Zheng-He embraces his fist and expresses thanks to the local people.


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