This particular part of the catalogue is somewhat mixed. After the death of Sun Yat-Sen in 1925, most of China experienced at least some form of civil war or invasion until the Communists took control of the entire country by the middle of 1949. The designation "Liberated Areas" refers to areas the Communists "liberated" from the Nationalists and / or the Japanese. During this period, early 1930s to late 1940s, many parts of China changed hands several times. A Liberated Area one week might be in the control of the Nationalists the next week. Those areas that had reasonably stable government for a good length of time needed postage stamps. Some areas issued their own, a couple of areas were allowed to continue printing and using their own stamps for more than one year after the Commnists became the central government in 1949. Other areas put their own imprints (overprints and surcharges) on stamps from other jurisdictions. Some areas did both.

Stamps in this category are particularly difficult to identify for collectors who do not understand Chinese characters.

Stamps East is the online Canadian source for stamps and other philatelic items from the People's Republic of China (China, PRC), the Republic of China (Taiwan, ROC), and other stamp issuing jurisdictions in Asia particularly East Asia.

We have various offerings from different jurisdictions in various price ranges. What we sell is dependent on what is available in the market. We do not always have material from every every area listed. However we offer a good selection, reasonable prices and prompt delivery to all our customers.

We guarantee our material is as described. And we guarantee you will be pleased with your purchase. If you are not happy with what you have bought, you can return it for full refund, less any shipping and handling charges. (The material must be returned to us in the same condition as it was when we sold it.) Any material that is not as described may be returned for a full refund, including shipping and handling charges. Please read our returns policy.

All our stamps are compared with current catalogues and other printed resources. They are identified and labelled carefully. However many issues from eastern Asia are difficult to identify precisely, even with years of experience. In addition there are a significant number of excellent forgeries on the market for many of the scarcest and most valuable stamps. Some stamps are difficult to identify precisely. In these cases, the stamps will be labelled accordingly in the listings.

Every attempt is made to ensure the colour of the image on the site matches the colour of the stamp for sale. However monitors are notorious for not displaying colours consistently. What may look like a perfect match on one screen may be significantly different on another. These discrepencies may cause some collectors to misunderstand what stamp is being offered. It is not our intention to deceive anyone. Please put more emphasis on the description than on the colour when identifying stamps on the site. If you are not happy with what you have bought for any reason, you can return it for full refund, less any shipping and handling charges.