Pandas are unique rare animals in China, belonging to ancient animals. The saber-toothed tiger and other animals that live with them have long been extinct and become fossils. The surviving pandas are called "living fossils" by zoologists. The Chinese government attaches great importance to the protection of pandas. In 1962, it was listed as a first-class protected animal by the State Council, and set up nature reserves and panda research institutes in areas where pandas live.


In order to further publicize this unique and rare animal in China and promote exchanges and friendship with other countries, the Ministry of Communications issued this set of stamps on January 15, 1973. This is the second set of panda stamps issued in China after the special 59 "Panda" stamp issued by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications on August 5, 1963. But this issue of "panda" stamps has a different meaning and function. In the early 1970s, China made a series of major breakthroughs in its diplomacy, which increased China's international prestige. On February 17, 1972, during President Nixon's visit to China, Premier Zhou Enlai said at a welcome banquet that the Chinese government would present two giant pandas to the US government. Nixon was pleased to accept them. Soon after the news came out, panda fever broke out in all countries of the world. International public opinion believes that China's gift of giant pandas to the United States and the issuance of "panda" stamps are carrying out "panda diplomacy".


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In 1985, Mr. Han Meilin designed a set of panda stamps with face value of 8, 20, 50 and 80 points respectively. This set of stamps continues the panda's lovely and honest image in the design. Giant pandas with distinctive black and white give people a refreshing feeling!