Saturday, 13 April 2013

T6 Chinese Export Commodities Fair (1974)

The Chinese Export Commodities Fair (now known as the Canton Fair) was first held in April 1957, at the Sino-Soviet Friendship Building.  The first visitors to the fair were by invitation and only from a small number of countries.  The fair largely showcased agricultural goods, before the rise of China’s industrial production.

The fair is held in the spring and autumn seasons each year since the spring of 1957 in Canton (Guangzhou).  It is co-hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of China and People's Government of Guangdong Province and organized by China Foreign Trade Centre.  It is China's largest trade fair of the highest level, of the most complete varieties and of the largest attendance and business turnover.  Preserving its traditions, the Fair is a comprehensive and multi-functional event of international importance.
In 1974, the 35th Session of the Chinese Export Commodities Fair was relocated to the purpose-built Chinese Export Commodities Fair Complex (the Liuhua Exhibition Centre).  Located in the center of the city, Liuhua Exhibition Centre enjoyed the advantages of convenient traffic and dense visitor flow and was very suitable for holding public and consumer exhibitions.   The Liuhua Complex initially had an area of 110,500 sqm and was expanded to 170,000 sqm over the years.

 [Liuhua Complex was discontinued as a venue for the Canton Fair, starting from the 104th Session (Autumn 2008).]

The set of stamp T6 - Chinese Export Commodities Fair depicts the external view of the Liuhua Exhibition Centre.. The background of the stamp is a bright sky, which symbolizes the bright, hot and thriving fair atmosphere.

T6 – Chinese Export Commodities Fair (1974) 中国出口商品交易会
Issue Date: 1974.10.15
Serial Number:T6
Scott No.:1208
Michel No.:1216
Number of stamps in Set:1
Denomination:8 fen
Quantity of Issue:4,000,000
Sheet Composition:355 X 7
Size of stamps:60 X 27 mm
Designer:Yang Baizi  杨白子
Printing Process:Photogravure
Printing House:Beijing Postage Stamp Printing Works

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