On November 3, 2011 to celebrate the docking of the Shenzhou-8 unmanned spacecraft with the "Tiangong-1” space lab module, China Post authority opened a new branch office outside the country and out of this world -- 343 kilometers above the Earth, to be exact.
Opening for business on the same day, the China Post Space Office has two venues -- one on-the-ground base inside the Beijing Aerospace Command and Control Center (BACCC) and one "virtual office" aboard the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft.
There is also a new designated post code -- 901001.
China Post Group’s general manager Li Guohua stated that the post office would be able to deliver mail from the public to astronauts in future. The office will also issue postal souvenirs, such as stamps and envelopes that depict China's major space program events.
China Post Space Office is affiliated to China Post Group, and is headed by Yang Liwei (杨利伟), the country's first space-traveling astronaut.
Chinese postal stationery