Hongkong Post today (February 8) announced that, to celebrate the Spring Festival, a special stamp product - Heartwarming Stamps (2013 Version) "Year of the Snake" Mini-pane - will be released for sale at the General Post Office, Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office, Tsuen Wan Post Office, Sha Tin Central Post Office and Tuen Mun Central Post Office as well as via the Hongkong Post Internet Shopping Mall ShopThruPost (www.shopthrupost.hk) on February 21 (Thursday).
A set of two Heartwarming Stamps mini-panes features the design of the $1.40 and $3 stamps from the 2013 "Year of the Snake" special stamp issue. To enhance the festive spirit of the Lunar New Year, images of the Phalaenopsis orchid and the tree peony are imprinted on top of the two designs of the mini-panes respectively, and stamp tabs feature various flowers commonly available during the Chinese New Year, such as nipple fruit, daffodils, lily and peach. The Heartwarming Stamps bear "Local Mail Postage" or "Air Mail Postage" markings instead of value indicators.
In addition, applications for the Heartwarming Stamps Customised Service for the "Year of the Snake" mini-pane will be accepted via the Hongkong Post Stamps website (www.hongkongpoststamps.hk), the Hongkong Post Philatelic Bureau and all post offices starting from today. Further information is available on Hongkong Post's website at www.hongkongpost.hk and the Hongkong Post Mobile App. The customised "Year of the Snake" Heartwarming Stamps will become treasured items for capturing precious moments, particularly for celebrating a newborn baby or other special moments like weddings. At the same time, they make ideal gifts that are tailor-made to show heartfelt greetings within a very reasonable budget, for friends and for business purposes for the festive season. The "Year of the Snake" Heartwarming Stamps mini-pane is one of the best souvenir choices and cannot be missed. To celebrate the launching of the mini-pane, Hongkong Post will offer a special discount promotion from February 10 to 14 at ShopThruPost for customers to purchase a bundled set of a customised "Year of the Snake" Heartwarming Stamps mini-pane and a personalised Lunar New Year greeting card.
In addition, to welcome the "snake babies" born or to be born in 2013, a new "Welcome Snake Baby" series of the "Make My Card" for parents, friends and family to celebrate a newborn in the Year of the Snake will be launched on March 8 (Friday). This includes a birth announcement card and a baby congratulations card. Through ShopThruPost, customers can upload their baby photos and messages and make their payment, and Hongkong Post will take care of all the practical tasks, including printing, handling and delivery. To provide more variety in gifts, a new bundled set of a Snake Baby Heartwarming Stamps mini-pane and a Snake Baby personalised card at discount prices will also be available from March 8 onwards. This bundled offer is exclusively available from Hongkong Post and will definitely be a unique gift for a baby and loved ones.