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1995-13, Scott 2587-88 Posts in Ancient China
Mengcheng Post
(2-1), Mengcheng Post, 20 fen, 40*30mm
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Jimingshan Post
(2-2), Jimingshan Post, 50 fen, 40*30mm
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Scott No: 2587-88
Serial number: 1995-13
Values in set: 2
Date of issue: August 17, 1995
Designers: Huang Li ;Yan Bingwu
Size: 40*30mm
Perforation: 12
Sheet composition: 50
Printing process: offset
Themes: History,
Background
The Yucheng Post in Gaoyou City, according to preliminary textual research, is currently the largest and most completely preserved ancient courier station in China where couriers changed horses and rest. The ruins of the existing Yucheng Post was a building of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). According to the account in the Chronicles of Gaoyou Prefecture, the post was bukot by Huang Keming, magistrate of the prefecture, outside the southern gate of the town in 1375 and later underwent re-construction for several times. Large-scale repair and expansion were carried out in 1890. The post was abandoned after the founding of the Republic of China in 1911.

The ruins of the Yucheng Post is located outside the southern gate of the old town in Gaoyou City, Jiangsu Province (about 300 meters from the gate of the old town). In The architecture complex of the post by the eastern bank of the ancient canal, there are more than 80 houses of various kinds, covering an area of over 1.3 hectares, which will be larger if all the land affiliated to the post is taken into account. The architecture of the post is exquisite, with the fine wood carvings fully reflecting both the architectural style of the Ming Dynasty and the rich substance of the folk custom and local culture in northern Jiangsu.

The Jimingshan Post in Huailai County of Hebei Province is named after the Jiming Mountain in the north, Also called Jiming Post, it was formerly under the jurisdiction of Prefecture of Xuanhua and the only one on the road from Xuanhua to the capital. It is the existing well-preserved ancient courier station in China with the biggest floor space.

According to the Chronicles of Xuanhua Prefecture, the Jimingshan Post was constructed in 1420 and its earthen wall was built in 1471 before repair and reconstruction were done for several times. The square post covers a total area of some 200,000 square meters and is enclosed by more than 1,800 meters of 10-meter-high earthen wall, with office rooms for officials in charge, post house, warehouse, stable and drill ground inside. The post house in the northwest is a brick-wood residential compound with three rows of houses in the style of the Ming Dynasty.
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