06 Jan '12, 10am

Chinese web users say dragon stamp too fierce

Chinese web users say dragon stamp too fierce

A collection of a new Chinese postage stamp depicting a Chinese dragon are seen at a stamp fair in Shanghai on Jan 6, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese postage stamp depicting a dragon with its fangs and claws bared has drawn sharp criticism on the nation's microblogs, with many saying it puts too frightening a face on their rising country. The commemorative stamp went on sale onThursday ahead of the new Chinese year of the dragon, which begins on Jan 23, in keeping with a tradition of issuing stamps featuring the zodiac animal linked to the coming lunar year. Last year's rabbit stamp attracted little attention, but by Friday, the new dragon version had sparked a vibrant online debate. 'The Chinese dragon should be an adorable mascot. Why has it been made so fierce?' wrote one microblogger under the name 'YFY Laoyu', saying he changed his mind about buying the ...

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