China, People's Republic

SC  530
 8f           02 Sep 60             Turtle Tower       Lake of the Returning Sword in Hanoi, Vietnam w/ Turtle Tower prominent in center of stamp. The Lake of the Returning Sword has to do w/ a Vietnamese legend involving a large turtle and a sword.

SC  2210

 30f         25 Mar 89            Fanciful Turtle                   Two tiny, turtle-like animals w/ white carapaces and long tails, on a silk painting excavated from Han Tomb #1 at Mawangdui, Changsha. These may be dragons w/ turtle shells.

 SC  2211

 $5           25 Mar 89            Fanciful Turtle                   Mini sheet comprising total designs of #2208-#2210 (the entire painting). May represent dragons w/ turtle shells.

 SC  2586
 500f       20 Jul 95              Turtle Rock & Lighthouse              S/S showing Taihu Lake in Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. A large rock known as "Turtle Rock" or "Turtle Island" is depicted and "Turtle Head Island Lighthouse" appears in the lower right corner. Information regarding the name of the island comes from a German description of the stamp on the internet.
SC  2586  a

500f       24 Mar 97            Turtle Rock         This is Scott China 2586  o/p'd (in Chinese) "Hong Kong Returns to China PJZ-5".

 SC  2717

 20f         02 Sep 96             Unidentified Plastron       Chinese inscription on ancient turtle plastron from Shang dynasty.

 SC  3326
60f         13 Dec 03            Small, Crude Turtle           Square plate w/ turtle and fish patterns. Turtle is very small and difficult to discern, even w/ magnification. From set depicting bronze wares of Eastern Zhou Dynasty. Chinese postal authorities confirm the presence of a turtle on this plate.

SC  3561  var.
 1.20       09 Feb 07             Unidentified Plastron                      Sheet of twelve stamps and twelve tabs. Left margin of sheet has a drawing of a plastron with inscriptions on it. This is an example of a practice called pyromancy in which bone or a plastron was heated and then used to divine the future. When a plastron was used, it was called plastromancy, a special type of pyromancy.  There are no turtles on the stamps themselves. Scott footnotes various sheets but not this one.
SC 4114

 1.20 Yuan   01 Jun 13 Cartoon turtles    Little Tadpoles Looking for Their Mother. Strip of 5. Two cartoon turtles on stamp
SC 4540

  1.20y  26 May 18  Stylized turtle  From Ancient Chinese Scientists set. The turtle is on the second stamp from the left near the bottom.
   60           1999      Unidentified Plastron       Postal card w/ stamp printed directly on it. Both stamp & cachet depict ancient bone fragment and plastron used for divination. Bone fragment and plastron inscribed w/ Chinese characters.
  80f         13 Dec 03    Small, Crude Turtle           Sheet of eight identical stamps (SC 3328) depicting a metal vessel w/ three legs. Bottom selvedge depicts the same square plate depicted on China Scott #3326. Turtle difficult to discern even w/ magnification. Chinese postal authorities confirm the presence of a turtle on this plate. Footnoted by Scott.
   80f         31 Jul 04              Unidentified Chelonian                  Sheet of sixteen Scott China #3375 w/ a pink peony on each. Each stamp has a tab beneath it. Four identical tabs depict a crudely drawn turtle facing left. Other tabs depict a snake and two different pictures of foliage. Left margin of sheet depicts an old man w/ a hiking staff who may be gathering herbs for folk medicine. There are no turtles on the stamps; only on the tabs.
   80           06 Nov 05            Cartoon Turtles                 Sheet of 12 identical stamps and 10 labels. Labels MAY be available for personalization but the default pictures on the labels all show children in various activities. Two labels show children at the beach w/ cartoon turtles. Issued for International Children's Day. Design on all 12 stamps consists of 12 red circles, each containing a cartoon human figure and an animal (representing the Chinese signs of the zodiac?). The stamps are Scott China, People's Republic of #3460. The sheet (and therefore the labels) are not listed by Scott.
   80           Unknown             Chelonia mydas                Sheet of sixteen identical stamps w/ red design that looks like a decorative knot. A tab is attached to the right side of each stamp. One tab depicts Chelonia mydas. Each tab inscribed "novozymes". In recent years PRC has issued many sheets w/ stamps depicting the same decorative red knot. They have different numbers of stamps in the sheet, different layouts, different marginal decorations and different tab designs. Not all have turtles. (See Linn's Stamp News, 26 Dec 2011, pg. 36 for further discussion of these sheets).
   80           Two Unident. Species      Sheet of sixteen identical stamps w/ red design that looks as if it may be woven out of yarn. Tab attached to bottom of each stamp. Left margin of sheet w/ prehistoric scene including two unidentified turtles. One may be Archelon and the other a tortoise. These MAY be personalized stamps in which the buyer supplies the pictures to be printed on the tabs.
  60           See Description                 Postal card w/ imprinted stamp, issued by the Chinese postal authorities. Front of card shows a fossilized skeleton of Manchurochelys liaoxiensis, from the Early Cretaceous Period, 1.25 million years ago. No turtle on stamp; on front of card only.