Happy New Year (in Mandarin: sshin-nyen kwhy-ler) to all our Chinese colleagues and friends – it is time to welcome in the Year of the Monkey.

Monkey is the 9th of 12 characters in the cycle, and we are entering the 4,713th Chinese year on 8th February.

If you’re a Monkey – born in the Chinese calendar year of 1956, 68 or 80 – your lucky numbers are 4 and 9 (avoid 2 & 7), your lucky colours are white, blue and gold (avoid red), and your lucky flower is chrysanthemum.

If you are looking for love, look for an Ox or Rabbit (not literally!) – avoid Tigers and Pigs (naturally!).

Monkey character traits include curiosity, mischievousness, and intelligence – but there is no guarantee that this year will be good for you.
It could be a good investment to buy the official postage stamp set – those bought in 1980 for RMB4.80 are now worth RMB1.5 million.

We send our good wishes to all our colleagues and suppliers.