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"Space" post office opens in Beijing


08:56, November 04, 2011

BEIJING, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- Want to send a letter to a Chinese astronaut? It became possible Thursday in Beijing as the "China Post Space Office" opened for business.

Located in "Space City" with a virtual office set up in the manned spacecraft and a zip code of 901001, the post office not only can deliver mail from the public to astronauts, but will also sell postal souvenirs that depict China's major astronautic events, said Li Guohua, general manager of China Post Group (CPG).

Yang Liwei, China's first astronaut in outer space, is the post office chief, Li said.

The post office is directed and administrated by the CPG and operated by Beijing Post Corporation.

The post office's establishment comes as China's two spacecrafts accomplished the country's first space docking procedure on the same day. Souvenirs have been released to commemorate the historical event, according to Li.

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