Posting to China

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I recently had an item bought from a person in China.  Unfortunately, Paypal had accepted an address entirely in Chinese characters, and I didn't even know if it were Taiwan or PRC (Mainland China).  I know there's some sensitive feelings about what is the "real" China so I didn't want to get it wrong!  Googled the calligraphy and came up with a province north of Hong Kong, so knew it was mainland. Then wrote purchaser and asked for English translation (citing US postal authorities ignorance of Chinese).  I received an address whose numbers were definitely in a different sequence than the English style.  I then copied both addresses in large type and pasted them side by side on the envelope.  My pleased customer received the item within a week!
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