Why China is 'going postal' for monkey stamps

Buyers hope that the stamps will grow in value, just as Chinese families grow in size.

Story highlights

  • China issues special monkey stamps marking the end of the one-child policy
  • One new stamp features a monkey being kissed by two baby monkeys
  • Zodiac stamps are released every year to commemorate the Chinese New Year

Beijing (CNN)China's stamp lovers got a double treat this week.

The newest release from the country's post office includes a nod to the historic end of the country's one-child policy while celebrating the upcoming Lunar New Year.
One of the new stamps features a smiling, cartoon monkey being kissed by not one, but two baby monkeys. The Year of the Monkey is set to begin on February 8.
College teacher Liu Miao arrived at a Beijing post office before it opened on Wednesday morning to get the new stamps.
"I think this year's stamp is really special," she said. Liu was told the post office had temporarily sold out and had to wait an hour for her set.
A post office employee told CNN that many people are lining up for the stamps across Beijing.
China Post commissioned renowned Chinese artist Huang Yongyu to design the commemorative stamp. They originally asked for a female monkey holding a baby, according to Beijing's Legal Evening News. Huang, reportedly, insisted on drawing two.
"Now that China has launched the two-child policy recently, it should be fine to draw two baby monkeys," the 92-year-old artist told the Legal Evening News.
People line up to buy the special monkey stamps in a Beijing post office on Wednesday, January 6, 2016.

Two child policy

All Chinese couples are allowed to have two children as of January 1, as the country formally ends its three-decade-long one-child policy.
On Tuesday, the government also announced it would stop requiring coupl