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The first set of commemorative stamps was issued on November 16, 1894, the 60th birthday of Empress Dowager Tzu Hsi. A total of nine different stamps were issued. But the Chinese postal service came into being only two years later. A full 18 years after the issuance of the first stamp. In a surge of demand for political reform after the disastrous Sino-Japanese War of 1895, Emperor Kuang Hsu approved on March 20, 1896, the setting up of the Chinese Imperial Post. March 20 has since been celebrated as Postal Service Day in China.
Todays stamp is the 24 candareen issue with a CV of 250 $.