"It is a general truism of this world that anything long divided will surely unite, and anything long united will surely divide",
Its 120 chapters and thousands of characters starts with the government attempt to suppress a rebellion by the peasants called Yellow Turbans. Personally I'd be with the peasants but this is a story of the perennial Chinese objective to keep the country together. We find Liu Bei who has fallen on hard times looking at a poster asking for brave men to join the government, he sighs. The man beside him Zhang Fei, a butcher, chastises him for not doing anything about it so the two go for a drink in a tavern and come across a bearded Guan Yu wearing a battle gown, I imagine lots of alcohol later they
Next (left) our three heroes are fighting against the warlord Lu Bu and afterwards (right) they drink wine and talk about heroes. This set of stamps was issued in 1988 and were given the 'Best Stamps' award in 1989 and so no wonder in 1990 a second set appeared
The stamp designer is Chen Quansheng (b1950) who went on to produce a third issue in 1996 which I do not have. He is an artist and also a visiting professor at the College of Art, his brushwork on figure painting is considered unique. He also produces landscape paintings and comic books as well as other Chinese stamps on subjects such as Confucius, the Art of War and the 2001 'Strange Tales'.
An entry to Virdian Postcard's Sunday Stamps theme of - Stamps from China or Taiwan.