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    By Xinhua writers Liu Xin Jay Beagle Jersey , Wu Kaixiang

    BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) — The 80-year-old designer of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games mascot “Fuwa,” Han Meilin, has just finished a new job. He designed Chinese zodiac stamps for the upcoming Year of the Rooster.

    “In Chinese culture, the rooster stands for good luck and happiness,” Han said, while showing his designs at his studio in eastern Beijing’s Tongzhou District.

    A set of Chinese Lunar New Year rooster stamps were issued earlier this month at the price of 2.4 yuan for two items John Carlson Jersey , as designed by Han.

    He applied rich color and elements of traditional Chinese painting to depict a happy family of roosters and hens. This year’s Chinese zodiac stamps contain two items, one portrays a rooster striding proudly, the other shows a hen looking after her two chicks.

    A grand exhibition of Han’s work has been held in the National Museum of China since December 2016. Both stamp images come from a painting called “a hundred roosters and hens”.

    “I have drawn more than one thousand pictures of roosters and hens for preparation of the exhibition and Lunar New Year stamp design,” Han said during an exclusive interview with Xinhua.

    “The rooster is one of 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac, pronounced ‘Ji’ in Chinese, same as the word ‘auspicious,’” he said. “So all Chinese people around the world like it.”

    “Chinese Lunar New Year could be the biggest festival on the planet since it influences such a big crowd of people Braden Holtby Jersey ,” Han said, pointing out that the stamps represent of Chinese culture.

    He tried combining linear drawing method with ink-wash, an East Asian type of brush painting. The artworks show the roosters in different postures, full of spirit.

    Han’s story with roosters does not begin with the Lunar New Year stamps.

    “I have drawn numerous roosters, hens and chickens in my life,” he said.

    Han selected five sample paintings and gave them to China Post, the domestic producer of the Chinese zodiac stamps.

    “Finally two of them have made their appearance with people.”

    He believes that a small stamp is attractive Andre Burakovsky Jersey , epitomizes a country’s culture and reflects its prosperity.

    “I am also a stamp collector,” he said, “not just a designer.”

    Since college, Han has been collecting stamps from different countries.

    “Both knowledge and beauty can be found on the patterns of stamps,” he said.

    In 1980, the Year of the Monkey, China issued its first zodiac stamp. Three years later Philipp Grubauer Jersey , Han designed the pig year stamp.

    “I drew about 30 pictures of pigs that year.” Han said. He has made greater efforts to design better rooster stamps this time.

    There have been more than 30 artists engaged in zodiac stamp design since 1980, according to Gao Shan, distribution manager of

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