My friend sent me once a postcard from China, it took somewhere around 5 weeks to arrive. In comparison, once I sent myself a postcard from Mexico and it took only around 2 weeks. Indeed China seems to have literally snail mail system.
Edit: I forgot to mention, I am located in Germany, Bavaria.
Okay, next time I send her a post card around Christmas, I will make it a Valentine card! Although Chinese new year is on the 8th of February, it might arrive before then. I can make it a happy Chinese Newyear card. Nevetherless since that is actually the Spring Festival, the winter landscape on my card is hopelessly outdated. I hope she will forgive me for it.
At Christmas 1997 I visited my mom in New England. My now-husband and I had just moved to Texas and relatives had given us some nice things for the new house. We had the gifts shipped back to TX via US mail.
We figured the boxes would arrive shortly after we go back home. They didn't.
Numerous inquiries to the Post Office yielded no further information. They had no idea where the boxes were. And insurance was useless -- "Do you have receipts for each time shipped?" "Umm, no, they were gifts."
Sometime in May they magically showed up at our door with paperwork that showed that they'd arrived in Austin two days after being shipped. Where they sat for the intervening 4 months remains a mystery.