After World War II, Communist forces split with China’s Nationalist government. In 1949, after the civil war, Nationalists fled to the island of Formosa (Taiwan). Stamp collecting, discouraged during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76) is once again a popular hobby in the People’s Republic of China. In the past most PRC stamps were political or patriotic in nature, but modern issues are devoted to interesting topics like cultural history and events, literary characters, art, sports, and the Lunar New Year. The website Find the Value of Your Stamps reports that the 1980 “Red Monkey” stamp issue is one of the most popular. And a Sun Yat-sen invert sold for over $300,000 in 2012.
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