Thailand #TH-1062b (2015)

Chinese New Year / 春节 / วันตรุษจีน

Chinese New Year, also known as the “Spring Festival” (春節 in traditional Chinese, Chūn Jié in Pinyin, and Wan Trut Chin — วันตรุษจีน — in Thai, although Pi Mai Chin is more widely used now) is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th … Continue reading Chinese New Year / 春节 / วันตรุษจีน

German Post Offices in China #37 (1905)

German Post Offices in China #37 (1905)

The German Post Offices Abroad were a network of post offices in foreign countries established by Germany to provide mail service where the local services were deemed unsafe or unreliable. They were generally set up in cities with some sort of German commercial interest. In the earliest period when such offices were open, stamps used there can only be identified by their cancellations. Such stamps … Continue reading German Post Offices in China #37 (1905)

Republic of China #1776e (1972)

Republic of China #1776e (1972)

The Republic of China (Zhōnghuá Mínguó — 中華民國) comprises the islands of Taiwan (臺灣), Penghu (澎湖), Kinmen (金門), Matsu (馬祖), and other minor islands, which are located off the east coast of mainland China. Neighboring states include the People’s Republic of China to the west, Japan to the north-east, and the Philippines to the south. The island of Taiwan, formerly known as Formosa (福爾摩沙), is the largest island and … Continue reading Republic of China #1776e (1972)

People's Republic of China #2510 (1994)

People’s Republic of China #2510 (1994)

Although postal service in China goes back some 2,500 years, modern postal services were not established until 1877 by the Qing government. The postal history of China is complicated by the gradual decay of Imperial China and the years of civil war and Japanese occupation in the 1930’s and 1940’s. I have relatively few stamps from China in my collection and all of those are relatively … Continue reading People’s Republic of China #2510 (1994)