Entries in Year of the Dragon (2)


Chinese Ring In Year of the Dragon; Creates Baby Boom

ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images(HONG KONG) -- Millions across Asia are ringing in the Year of the Dragon. Festivities for the Chinese, or Lunar, New Year kicked off from Beijing to Bangkok on Monday.

The Year of the Dragon is considered the luckiest in the Chinese calendar – and that’s created a baby boom, especially in Hong Kong. Mothers from mainland China are flocking to give birth there, where children are guaranteed education rights – and mothers are exempt from China’s one-child policy. Public hospitals in Hong Kong say bookings for maternity beds have already spiked more than 10 percent.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Auspicious Beginnings: More Babies Born During Year of Dragon

ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) -- Monday is Chinese New Year, and it marks the beginning of the year of the dragon, which only comes around every 12 years.

In Chinese culture, it is considered good fortune to be born during the year of the dragon, and so many mothers are trying to get pregnant.

Expectant mother Cho Ling Chezem of Grand Rapids, Mich. was surprised to learn she was pregnant, and she wasn’t sure she was ready to be a mom.

“Then, people and family mentioned it will be, baby will be born in dragon year and I was thinking not bad, actually it’s good,” said Chezem.

Chezem was even more excited when she learned her baby would be a boy.

“People prefer a boy in China, to carry on the family name,” Chezem said.

Yi Ling Cummings of Grand Rapids, Mich. is expecting a baby girl and is thrilled that her daughter will be born in the year of the dragon.

“We believe dragon is very magic, they bring good luck to people,” Cummings said.

In Hong Kong, expectant mothers are fighting to find an empty bed in maternity wards.

Many expectant mothers travel from mainland China to Hong Kong to give birth every year, according to the Tapei Times. Giving birth in Hong Kong gives the child education rights and offers a loop hole around China’s one child policy.

Mainland mothers accounted for 38,043 out of 80,131 births in Hong Kong last year, according to the Tapei Times, and a baby boom is expected in 2012 because it’s the year of the dragon.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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