By Wolfgang Beyer

The 2018 Taichung World Flora Exposition will be held in Taichung from November 3, 2018 to April 24, 2019. This is the second time our country has officially be granted the right to hold an international horticultural exposition by the International Association of Horticultural Producers. The Expo will use three sites: Houli, Waipu and Fengyuan areas. To mark this occasion Chunghwa Post is releasing a set of four stamps and one souvenir sheet. The designs follow:

  1. Stamps (NT$6, 8, 9 and 28): These depict flowers flourishing in the Taichung region, respectively, lilies, oncidium orchids, gladioli, and flamingo flowers. Each stamp bears the logo of the Flora Expo, and one of the flowers, depicted vividly above, whilst below on the tab a sea of the same flowers provides a different outlook to enjoy.
  2. Souvenir Sheet: The stamps are creatively designed in the shape of barrel and the souvenir sheet is centered on the Leopard cat family who are the mascots for the Flora Expo. The three stamps are as follows: NT$13 depicts Leo, the father, holding lilies; NT$15 shows a vase with Life, the younger brother, playing around while admiring Da-Ann Hygrophila and the NT$17 bears Leona, the mother, holding a butterfly orchid. On the right of the souvenir sheet flowers compose a map of Taiwan while Love, the older sister, and Horsiver, a horse who is their neighbour, weave in and out of the flowers full of life and atmosphere.Along with this set of stamps, one “Blossoming Happiness Folio” and one “Blooming Heart Folio” will be released. Each item includes a set of 4 stamps and one souvenir sheet. To add to collecting interest, the first folio contains a complimentary sticker of Flora Expo mascots and the second folio a bookmark of elegant floral patterns. It’s worth collecting.

Date of Issue: 31 October 2018, Designer:Delta Design Corporation, Printer: Joh. Enschede Security Print (Holland).

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