The post office was such a wonderful addition to the summer community, who longed to hear from their families at home. Letters took weeks to make the trip home, since they had to travel by ship. Then the response would take an equally long time to come back. So the post office was like a lifeline for the people on the mountain. This is a snippet from the Kuliang Register, in grateful thanks for the good service the post office maintained in the summer months.
The post office on Kuliang was built in 1902. The dates depended on the season, but it opened after the Dragon Boat Festival in June and was closed after the mid-autumn festival, which was sometime between the second week of September to the beginning of October, based on the lunar calendar. At that time there were five famous “summer post offices” in China, and the Kuliang PO was one of them.