REGION: Europe
COUNTRY: Portugal (Macau)
VALUE: 5 avos

This stamp is one of a pair issued by the Portuguese government in Macau, China in 1971 honoring the Chinese Lunar New Year festival. At the time, Portugal was nearing the end of its long-term lease on the port city, used as a trading post from the Ming Dynasty in 1557 and then conquered by force in 1887. The region was returned to China in 1999. This stamp depicts a Dragon Dance body mask.