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Published on January 22nd, 2012 | by Paz


China News: Year of Dragon: Long may the long reign in China

Today 1.3 billion people today will celebrate Chinese New Year and that is just in China not to mention everyone else all over the world. It marks the beginning of the Year of the Dragon. Everyone is excited for what the Year of the Dragon will bring to them. Including China which has begun to experience a downturn  in growth due to the global economic crisis. All over the world everyone hopes that 2012 will be the end of the recessions and a beginning of profit.

Year of Dragon: Long may the long reign in China

BEIJING – China basked in festivity on Sunday as red lanterns and firecrackers ushered in the Year of the Dragon, a legendary animal of the Chinese zodiac considered the sign of divine bless with fortune and dynamism.

When the bells chimed heralding the start of the Chinese lunar New Year on January 23, Zhu Shiming and Xiao Xiao prayed for a “Dragon Baby” to join their family in the following 12 months.

The couple in the northern port city of Tianjin tied the knot last May and now hope to join the exclusive club of new parents in the Year of the Dragon, when Chinese population experts are expecting a baby boom.

Despite the lack of statistics, a baby boom in the Year of the Dragon has become something of a sure thing as lots of young couples reportedly prepare to have a baby like Zhu and his wife, leading to the surge of charges for maternity nanny services in cities like Tianjin and Beijing.

A large number of Chinese proverbs and phrases include references to the dragon, and “wang-zi-cheng-long” may interpret how important a Dragon Baby might mean to a family.

The idiom means “hoping that the child will become a dragon,” and with the hopes that the child will have as much success, money and be as powerful as the mythological mascot.

Year of Hope amid Global Downturn

Chinese people use 12 animal signs in a mathematical cycle for their zodiac system, each for a year. The previous Year of the Dragon was 2000, which ushered in the new millennium.

In the first decade of the 21st century, China witnessed breathtaking, non-stop fast track development that catapulted the country to number two in the world’s economic league table.

However, amid global downturns since the financial crisis in 2008,  China has to find a way out for sustained growth while it tries to cool down an overheated economy in an effort to rein in inflation.

China’s economy grew 8.9 percent year-on-year last quarter, below the 9-percent mark for the first time since mid-2009. Full-year growth of the gross domestic product slowed to 9.2 percent in 2011 from 10.4 percent in the previous year.

The annual growth was well above the government’s expectation of eight percent, and the slowdown can be attributed mostly to the government’s macro-control levers.

However, some businesses, especially small enterprises, have felt the bite of the slowdown.

A construction project contractor in Tianjin, Yang Tingjiu, is hoping the Year of the Dragon will bring him more business opportunities after he endured two years of business slump.

The man also saw his investment in stocks shrink over the past years, and is wishing for a rally of the stock market after the Year of the Dragon has begun.

Chinese stocks have suffered continuous drops over the past years, with the key benchmark index at the Shanghai exchange down from the peak 6,000-plus points in October 2007 to just more than 2,200 points nowadays.

As a token of good luck, the Year of the Dragon is considered especially crucial for China’s development in the next ten years amid prophesies of an economic “hardlanding,” a plunge in annual growth to 5 percent or less, as has been defined by some economists. Read more…





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