Spink’s Hong Kong office will be presenting the Gems of Chinese Imperial Post in Taiwan sale on 16th May 2015. The sale is comprised of a wide variety of philatelic items and postal history, with some very beautiful designs and extremely rare issues. And amidst the impressiveness of the collection, is a subtle story of loyalty and Chinese cultural resistance on the island of Taiwan. Taiwan was officially adopted into the territory of the Chinese Imperial Ching Dynasty as a Prefecture under Fukien Province in 1684. In 1884, Liu Ming Chuan was appointed the first Governor of Taiwan. He proposed upgrading Taiwan from a Prefecture to a Province, which was approved in 1885 and effective by 1887. Governor Liu continued to work industriously for Taiwan and started a massive modernization programme that included setting up defenses, developing transportation, taxation, farming, public security, commercial enterprises, financial

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