Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Canadian Stamps Celebrate Gates of Chinatown

First Day of Issue: May 1, 2013 - Canada

Canada has issued a set of four new postage stamps featuring the Gates of Chinatown from four Canadian cities.

Wooden or stone gates, known as paifang in Mandarin, were originally used to separate subdivisions in Chinese cities. Eventually, these gates lost that role, and their doors, remained but as monuments.

In Canada today, these gates are often the most visible representation of Chinatown in our cities, symbolic of cooperation between various levels of Canadian and Chinese governments, businesses, and citizens.

Learn more at: Canada Post

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