Design errors - CHINA




China offres an excellent service to philatelists, numbering and dating all their stamps. Except here 1855 is not correct, the stamp was issued in 1955.
 


1896

The inscription IMPERIAL CHINESE POST was a little bit ambigious, and was later corrected in CHINESE IMPERIAL POST.
 


1913

This stamp was printed in 1913. The bridge in the background id the railroad brigde over the Quiantang river. Although the brigde was planned in 1913, it was built between 1934 and 1937
 


1921

The upper wing of this airplane has no connection with the fuselage, and the propeller is at an impossible angle
 


1939

The white and red horizontal stripes on the American flag have the same width.
 


1955

China numbers and dates all their stamps. These stampswere neither issued in 1855 or in 1866, but in 1955.
 


1955

The person featured on this stamp is called Astronomer Seng Yixing. His real name was Zhang Sui, Yixing is a religious surname that was given to him after he became a monk. . Issue year : 1955, not 1966.
 


1961

The same party building of Nanchang with 3 or 4 floors, on 2 stamps issued within 12 months.
 


1961

China numbers and dates all there stamps. But here the 8F stamp from 1961 should be numbered 228, but instead was given 229 which is the number of the 10F stamp.
 


1963

This Dance is called on the stamp 'The Knife Dance of the KAWA people'. As Kawa also means slave and carries a derogatory meaning, the name was changed to 'people WA' already in 1932. This was forgotten during the design of the sdtamp.
 


1964

This stamp commemoratiing the First Internationalwas intended to show St Martin's Hall, Long Acre, where the International Working People Union was founded in 1864. By mistake this stamp bears an illustration of the St Martins-in-theField's church ar Trafalgar square.
 


1965

The javelin is held almost at the end.
 


1976

This equimpent is called 'Transformer Oil switch' on the stamp. An oil switch cuts the power, a transformer change the voltage, but a transformer switch does not exist.
 


1977

Wrong design of the flag of the Chinese Liberation Army : instead of an hammer and a sicle, the flag showed an hammer and a haxe
 


1977

Stamp showing the 'August 1' army crossing a scene of the Yang-tze River campaign. This campaign was carried out from April 21 to 23, the design of the flag was promulgated some months later, on June 15th.
 


1979

The Chinese wording underneath the pictures says : Yunnan camellias Bao Zhu and others, as if other types of flowers are represented on the stamp, which is not the case.
 


1981

At the time this stamp was issued, the traffic lights in China had the green light at the top, and the red light at the bottom.
 


1982

The hour hand is alwys in the inner position of a clock, the minute hand should thus have been pictured on top.
 


1982

The lens of the microscope is not perpendicular to the object plane, and the refecting mirror is too forward to refect the light into the tube.
 


1983

A wind-surfer in swimming suit is against the rules : life jackets are obligatory during a contest.
 


1983

Wrong : Cygnus colnmbianus - Correct : Cygnus columbianus
 


1984

The Olympic rings are linked into a chain : thus the right hand of the athlete in the middle should be in front of the yellow ring, and the left hand of the right athlete should be in front of the green ring.
 


1985

The hoof of the horse is split, this is an horse with legs of an ox.
 


1985

This is a competition bicycle. But at the 2nd national Worker's game in 1985, it was decided to use ordinary bicycles.
 


1985

The girls are wearing shirts marked 'worker'. However no team was actually called a worker team, the shirts had the name of the participating regions and associations.
 


1986

The platform width is 12 mm in the front, and 12,5 mm in the rear, which is of course against the perspective rules.
 


1986

This sheet was issued : ... in recognition of the warm friendships and mutual understanding which stamp collecting promotes among te people ... But after the issue, a conflict about Taiwan occured, and China withdrawned its participation to the stamp exhibition.
 


1986

These white crane stamps shows in fact storks : a white crane has a small, upward positioned hind claw and a short beak.
 


1987

This dancing elderly Chinese puts his right arm and right leg forward at the same time.
 


1987

On the cover and on the stamps of this booklet, the rabbit has its tail pointing to the ground. In fact, rabbits have their tail pointing upwards, even in China !
 


1987

According to the Shan Hai Jing legend, a red bow and white arrows are used to shoot the sun.
 


1987

The last chinese character on the right side was declared abolished by the Ministry of Culture and the Committee for the Reform of the Written Language in 1955.
 


1987

The tiger on the stamp has only 2 claws at each leg. In fact the fore leg of a tiger has five claws, the hind leg four.
 


1987

The projectionist stands at the left side of the film projector, instead of the normal right side.
 


1987

According to the story of Liu Bei, represented on this stamp, he is riding a brown horse, not a white one.
 


1987

According to the story of Liu Bei, represented on this stamp, his friends are waiting standing by the balustrade, instead of sitting on the floor.
 


1988

In a rainbow, you will find the purple colour at the other side, near the blue, not near the red.
 


1988

The caption on this stamp was intended to be 'Qilu 300.000-ton Ethylene Project'. The last word project is missing in the chines text.
 


1988

The seal in the shape of the island in the upper right corner bears the four character for Hai Nan Jian Sheng, but one stroke is missing in the caracter for Nan. Correct on the other stamps.
 


1989

Wrong : GROSSOPTILQN - Correct : GROSSOPTILON
 


1990

The production proces of ammoniak gives carbon dioxid, which correct formula is CO2, not CH2.
 


1990

This horse clearly has got three hind legs, and only one in front !
 


1998

Five fingers with one hidden thumb ? Not the exact number for a normal hand.
 


2009

Only four fingers at each hand