To strengthen collaboration between the cross-strait postal services, Chunghwa Post and China Post simultaneously plan a stamp on the theme of “the swan goose carries a message.” This will be issued on May 9, 2014.
The most famous stories associated with the idiom “the swan goose carries a message” are “Su Wu Shepherds Sheep” from the Han Dynasty and “Wang Baochuan Sends a Letter to Xue Pingguei via the Swan Goose” from the Tang Dynasty. In later years people began to use this idiom as a figure of speech to describe the sending of letters or correspondence. Soaring high above the vast land and the river that runs through it, the swan goose of lore carries a message across the water—much as the two postal services work together to seamlessly deliver mail across the Taiwan Strait.
The stamp is painted by Mr. Au Ho-nien, a master of the Lingnan School of painting, and designed by Delta Design Corporation. It is printed by the Central Engraving & Printing Plant in intaglio with offset.
A first-day cover, folders with and without crystal mounts and a loose-leaf album page will be released along with the stamp. These will go on sale on May 7, 2014. A pre-cancelled FDC and a pictorial will go on sale on May 9, 2014, the issuing date of the stamp.