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Why China could see a dragon baby boom

23 January 2012 Last updated at 02:29 GMT

Monday marks the start of a new year in the Chinese lunar calendar: the Year of the Dragon.

The dragon is the only mythical creature of the zodiac's 12 animals - and it is believed to be especially lucky.

It means many couples across Asia are making an extra effort to give birth to "dragon babies".

This threatens to trigger a fertility boom and put public services under pressure, as the BBC's Hong Kong correspondent, Juliana Liu, reports.