China has the country that is next to Russia, Canada. In one of the world four major civilization birthplaces, the rise and fall of various dynasties have been repeated after the oldest dynasty of Hsia of about B.C. 2000. It is 1616 that the Qing dynasty was built by Manchurian family. When the 19th century began, it took aggression of the Europe Great Powers and British was defeated by Opium War in 1840, and it was done cession Hong Kong. The 20th century began and had Shingai Revolution by the Sun Yat-sen who advocated "San-Min Chu-I" of a race / human rights / public welfare in 1911, and the Republic of China was born in 1912. It took aggression by Japan with Manchurian Incident of 1931, but was finished with Japanese defeat of 1945. It entered into a civil war this time between Chiang Kai-shek / Kuomintang and Mao Zedong / the Communist Party, and the People's Republic of China was born as a socialist state in 1949 because Mao Zedong side won. Kuomintang side escaped then in Taiwan and ruled as the Republic of China.
That on which the insect was drawn is published as a International Congress of Entomology stamp of the People's Republic of China in 1992.
Four kinds of stamps describing the honeybee were issued in 1993 as a International Congress of APIMONDIA stamp.
Although Hong Kong was the colony in Britain, it had been returned to China in July, 1997 for a long time. Four kinds of insect stamps were issued from Hong Kong in this China in July, 2000. Six kinds of insect stamps were issued in November, 2012.
People's Republic of China
1992.6.28 International Congress of Entomology
|Seven-spotted Ladybird Beetle
|Giant Praying Mantis
1993.9.21 34th International Congress of APIMONDIA
|Queen bee & worker bee||Worker bee||Worker bee||Worker bee|
People's Republic of China, HongKong
2000.7.16 Normal Stamp
|Yellow-spotted Emerald Dragonfly
|Common Birdwing Butterfly
2012.11.22 Normal Stamp
|Hong Kong Bent-winged Firefly