New Stamps on Year of the Snake: New Zealand

\"newzealand70c – Chinese Calligraphic Snake. The striking Chinese \’snake\’ character on this stamp was created by Zhao Meng-fu, a scholar, painter and calligrapher from the Yuan Dynasty (1254-1322 AD).

$1.40 – Paper-cut Greeting Snake. The greeting snake paper-cut on this stamp features images of the silver fern (Cyathea dealbata) and the pomegranate – a Chinese symbol of luck, fertility, wealth and long life.

$1.90 – Koru-Snake Lantern. New Zealand\’s links with China are celebrated in this lantern design. The unfurling fern represents new life, growth and strength, while the rounded lantern symbolizes wholeness and harmony. The snake is decorated with the peony, which is widely regarded as China\’s national flower.

$2.40 – Queenstown and Red lanterns. The koru-snake lantern is taken to new heights, soaring on the Skyline Gondola above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. This area is also home to the Winter Festival, and in 2012 the Festival included a lantern parade, with an array of colourful lanterns and Chinese dragon lighting up the streets.

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