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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

China Post

I finally found the post office near my house! The other day I decided to try sending a package & some postcards. The postal worker didn't speak English, so I used hand gestures & the very few Chinese words that I know to tell him what I wanted.

The postcards cost me 4.50 yuan each (about 65 cents) to send to the US. For the package, I had to fill out a form in triplicate, noting the contents & their value. The postal worker then did his own mountain of paperwork, using a dot matrix printer to finalize the transaction. Unlike in Vietnam, he didn't ask me for my passport number.

The whole thing took about 45 minutes, including waiting in line & licking stamps :)

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