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15. White River Dolphin

White river dolphin bái qítún 白鳍豚

(Please note the card version available to download on the site has bái jìtún 白暨豚. Both are correct but the more usual form is above.)  


This stamp was issued in 2000 in a set of 10 stamps on Chinese wildlife. 

River dolphin is jiāng tún 江豚 which is literally river dolphin but this species of white river dolphin is known as bái qítún. The character for white is similar to the character for sun but with a small mark showing the sun is just rising and the light is white. 

Suggested activities:

  • Find out about the white river dolphin including how endangered it is. 
  • Find out the Chinese character for the colour black. 

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