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IN May, the Hongkong Post (HKP) released a set of two Heartwarming II stamp mini-panes and souvenir cover to mark the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay in Hong Kong.

The centre of the mini-pane and the backdrop of the souvenir cover show the local relay route, the logo of the Beijing Olympic Torch Relay and the slogan Light the Passion Share the Dream. The focus of the souvenir cover is on the Beijing Olympic Torch, which displays Chinese artistic heritage and technical excellence.

Philatelists will be eagerly awaiting HKP’s special stamp issue, Beijing 2008 Olympic Equestrian Events on August 9. The design of the stamps proved to be quite a task. Three equestrian disciplines, namely Jumping, Jumping, Dressage and Eventing, in addition to a victory scene are displayed on this set of stamps. As well as the

artistic appeal of the stamps, factual details had to be precise, for instance the posture of the horses and riders, the dress of the riders and the settings. Thanks to the Equestrian Events (Hong Kong) of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad Company Limited, which offered its professional advice throughout the design process, the stamps gained the approval of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad and the International Olympic Committee.

Commemorative medallion

Souvenir collectors will also have the chance to buy a limited-edition medallion issued by the 2008 Beijing Olympic Equestrian Events Hong Kong Fund. This medallion, made of gold-plated 925 silver, is a Beijing 2008 Olympic Games licensed product. The number of medallions will be limited to 5,000 and the selling price of each medallion is $3,998. All funds raised are going towards financing projects and activities relating to the staging of the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Equestrian Events.