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Summer Olympic Games 2008, officially known as Games of the XXIX Olympiad (29th Olympic Games) will be held in Beijing, People's China from 8 to 24 August 2008. The opening ceremony will be held at 08.08.08 (8 o'clock, 8 minutes, and 8 second in the evening) at Beijing National Stadium. In the Chinese culture the number 8 is associated with prosperity. 

Beijing was selected as the Olympic Games host city on 13 July 2001, after surpassing Toronto, Paris, Istanbul and Osaka during the 112th IOC meeting in Moscow. The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games emblem "Chinese Seal", Dancing Beijing is filled with Beijing's hospitality and hopes, and carries the city is commitment to the world. Inspired by the traditional Chinese calligraphic art, the character "Jing" (the latter of the city's name) is developed into a form of a dancing human Beijing, reflecting the ideal of a "new Olympics".

Beijing Olympic 2008 mascots are five Fuwa (friendlies), which represent the colors of the Olympic ring. They are Beibei (blue), Jingjing (black), Huanhuan (red), Yingying (orange) and nini (green). They are potrayed as Fish (beibei), Panda (Jingjing), Fire (Huanhuan), Tibetan Antelopes (Yingying) and Swallow (Nini). In the Chinese traditional culture, fish and water are symbols of prosperityand harvest, therefore Beibei is believed to be the blessing od prosperity. Panda brings the blessing of happiness wherever he goes. It is shown in his dancing pose and the lovely wave of his black and white fur. As a national treasure and protected species, Pandas are adored by people from around the world. Huanhuan is a child of fire, symbolizing the Olympic Flame and the passion of sports. Huanhuan stands in the center of Fuwa as the core of the Olympic spirit. The antelop carries the blessing of health and the strengh of body that comes from harmony with nature. Nini's golden wings symbolize the infinite sky and spread good-luck as blessing wherever she flies. When those five names  are put together, the will create a Chinese phrase "Beijing huanying ni" (Beijing welcomes you). The Olympic Games Slogan is "One World, One Dream".

More than 10,500 athletes from many countries will complete in 302 events of 35 sports. Indonesia will take part 15 in sports.

The stamps issued for this event depict four sports, namely sailing, football, badminton, and weighlifting and they are designed using Chinese painting style. The main character of the design is Barongsai, which symbolizes the spirit of sportmanship, the beauty of physical power, the harmony of body movement and teamwork as the same time. These qualities become relevant to sport world in general, partculary in representing the spirit of Olympic Games.




Classification of issuance : Special 

Product code        : 081103

Issue Date            : 18 Maret 2008

Designs & Denominations : 1/4 Sailing : Rp 2,500.00

                                          2/4 Football :  Rp 2,500.00    

                                          3/3 Badminton : Rp 2,500.00

                                          4/4 Weightlifting : Rp 2,500.00

Shape & Size                      :  Circular, diameter 34.00 mm  

Perforations          : 13.50 

Sheet composition : 8 pieces (2x4 horizontal gutter) 

FullSheet Price       : Rp 20,000.00 

Colors                  : 4 colors + 1 invisible link 

Paper                    : Tullis Russel

Gum                      : PVA

Printing Process     : Offset 

Printing quantity     : 250,000 sets

Designer                : Redpoint 

Printer                   : Perum Peruri



Product code     : 082103

Price    : Rp 12,000,00

Printing quantity : 6,000 pcs

Designer           : Alan Tandjung


Commemortive Cover

Issue Date     : 22 April 2008

Product code     : 082204

Price    : Rp 7,000,00

Printing quantity : 5,000 pcs

Designer           : POS Kreatif



(contains Fullsheet, FDC, Commemorative Cover)

Issue Date : 22 April 2008

Product code     : 083003

Price    : Rp 45,000,00

Printing quantity : 2,500 pcs

Designer           : Sonic Studio



STAMP SALES PERIOD: 18 March 2008 - 31 December 2011

Period of Validity for Postage : 18 March  2008 - 31 December 2013


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