Beijing offered a special New Year gift for philatelists and sports fans on Sunday with the launch of the first set of commemorative stamps for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
The inaugural set of the stamps comprises two pieces featuring the emblems of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games and Paralympic Games on a white background, which designers interpreted as a symbol of the purity of ice and snow.
Each of the stamps has a face value of 1.2 yuan (about 18 cents) and is printed with anti-counterfeit watermarks and the words "Beijing 2022".
The unveiling of the stamps also initiated a licensing program, which authorized the State-owned China Post Group to design and release a series of stamps on the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, including the mascots, venues and sporting events, in the next few years.
As the first city in the world to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics, Beijing also issued 13 sets of stamps and related items in the lead-up to the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.
China Post will work with the organizing committee to release more specially designed stamps, envelopes and albums at each of the major occasions in the buildup to 2022 to mark Beijing's preparatory progress, said Li Pizheng, vice-president of the group.
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