July 21, 2013
0757 CHINA (Sichuan) - Two men from the Sichuan province
This postcard captures an image from an ancient town in the Sichuan province, located in the southwest of the country, between Himalayas, Qinling Range and mountainous areas of Yunnan, and crossed by Yangtze River. Historically known as the "Province of Abundance", because is one of the major agricultural production bases of China, it was also the base for numerous amphibious military forces and served as the ideal hiding frontier for political refugees.
Sichuan had been China's most populous province from 1955 until 1997 (100 million inhabitants in 1982), when the city of Chongqing and the surrounding counties were split off into the new Chongqing Municipality. The majority of the province's population is Han Chinese, but it has significant minorities of Tibetans, Yi, Qiang and Naxi in the western portion, which forms a traditional transition zone between Central Asian and East Asian cultures.
Because the men in the postcard wear moderne clothes, I can't tell if they are Han Chinese, or are part of a minority. Anyway, they seem to wait some customers, but they aren't traders in the true sense of the word, but sell their own products, I wouldn't say which ones. They have very expressive faces, that say much about their lives, at all easy.
About the stamps
The first two stamps are part of the 3rd set of the series Early Generals of the People's Army, designed by Li Yan and issued on August 1st, 2012. All five stamps have the same face values, 1.20 CNY:
• Zhao Bosheng (1897-1933) - It's on the postcard 0757
• Duan Dechang (1904-1933) - It's on the postcard 0757
• Xie Zichang (1897-1935)
• Zeng Zhongsheng (1900-1935)
• Dong Zhentang (1895-1937)
The third stamp is part of the series Ming and Qing Dynasty Furniture - Table, about which I wrote here.
The fourth stamp is part of a set of four (designed by Zhang Sen and Yang Bo, and issued on April 1, 2003), belonging to the series Protecting the common homeland of mankind:
• Stabilizing the low birth rate (0.05 CNY)
• Mining resource utilization and management (0.30 CNY)
• Water resource conservation (0.80 CNY) - it's on this postcard
• Marine resource development and protection (1.50 CNY)
The fifth stamp is part of a set of two (designed by Zhang Sen and Yang Bo, and issued on February 2, 2002), belonging to the series Protecting the common homeland of mankind:
• Forest conservation (0.10 CNY) - it's on this postcard
• Air conservation (0.60 CNY)
Early Generals of the People's Army (3rd set) - XaBussines
Ming and Qing Dynasty Furniture - Table - XaBussines
Protecting the common homeland of mankind 2003 - XaBussines
Protecting the common homeland of mankind 2002 - XaBussines
Sender: Kun Hu (direct swap)
Sent from ? (? / China), on 03.07.2013