People's Republic of China


Date issued: Unknown, EKU January 25, 2002

Printing: Bright yellow green on glossy white paper

Perforation: die-cut

Inscription: Bilingual Chinese/English "CHINA POST" at upper left. The remainder of the Chinese text still to be translated.

Control Number: none

Description: Cover to Beijing mailed in 2002, with ten unlisted Group 3A seals affixed around all sides. Perhaps the postal employee had a little too much time on his hands?

Catalog: Oranje Group 3B-5

Date issued: Unknown

Printing: Yellow green on white paper

Perforation: imperforate

Inscription: Bilingual Chinese/Uighur "People's Republic of China Postal Service / Damaged when received, resealed by post office / Signature of the Clerk (lower left) / Signature of the Supervisor (lower right)"

Control Number: none

Description: 2000 cover from Qianwei, Sichuan Province to Gongliu, Xinjiang Province repaired on reverse with two official seals from Xinjiang Province. Note that the datestamp tying the seals is also bilingual.

The Group 3B seals originate in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in northwest China. The region is sometimes called Eastern Turkistan by native Turkic-speaking Muslim Uighurs. Uighur may be written in either Arabic or Latin letters and this example is in Arabic.

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