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As spring festival is now pretty much upon us, I’d like to wish you all Gong Hei Fard Choy and a happy, successful and prosperous year of the Dragon.

For those who want to know; the Dragon is the only sign in the Chinese Zodiac represented by a mythical creature – all the others are real animals. Those born under the sign of the dragon are supposed to be fiery individualists who loathe to conform.

Chinese Dragons generally aren't usually this scary.

Characteristics of Dragon folk are said to include; innovation, enterprise, flexibility, self-assurance, bravery, passion, conceit, a lack of tact, random behavior and a quick temper. Children born under the dragon are highly desired and China is expecting a “baby boom” next year because of this.

It should be noted that while dragons are considered to be charismatic, they often have as many friends as they do enemies because they don’t tolerate fools gladly. But a dragon is a committed friend who once won over will be loyal for life.

It’s said that partners of dragons will need thick skin and a lot of tolerance for criticism and change to make a success of a relationship.

I’m not sure I believe in any of that any more than I believe in horoscopes but the Chinese certainly do, so if you’re out and about in China this New Year have fun and be respectful of this.

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