Chinese zodiac, or shengxiao (/shnng-sshyao/ ‘born resembling'), is represented by 12 zodiac animals. In order, they are the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.
Chinese zodiac years begin/end at Chinese New Year (in January/February). Each year in the repeating zodiac cycle of 12 years is represented by a zodiac animal, each with its own reputed attributes.
Chinese people believe that a person's horoscope, personality, and love compatibility are closely associated with his/her Chinese zodiac sign, determined by his/her birth year.
Here you can find out all about the Chinese zodiac, including how to discover your Chinese zodiac sign and Chinese horoscope.
- What is My Chinese Zodiac?
- Zodiac Signs' Personality
- Zodiac Signs' Lucky Things
- Zodiac Compatibility
- Chinese Horoscope 2022
Why the Lion was replaced with the Tiger in the Chinese Zodiac? The video below unveils the secret.
What is My Chinese Zodiac Sign?
Each Chinese zodiac year is represented by an animal. The table of Chinese zodiac years below will help you find your zodiac sign fast.
For example, 1991 is a year of the Goat. If you were born in 1991, your Chinese zodiac sign is the Goat, and you are known as a "Goat".
Chinese Zodiac Years
|Chinese Zodiac Sign||Years|
|Rat||...1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020…|
|Ox||…1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021…|
|Tiger||…1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022…|
|Rabbit||… 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023 ...|
|Dragon||… 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024 …|
|Snake||… 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025 …|
|Horse||… 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026 …|
|Goat||… 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027 …|
|Monkey||… 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028 …|
|Rooster||… 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029 …|
|Dog||… 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030 …|
|Pig||… 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031 …|
You may want to read more about Chinese zodiac years.
For the starting date of a zodiac year, there are two schools of thought in Chinese astrology: Chinese New Year or the Start of Spring.
- Chinese New Year, day 1 of the Chinese lunar year, falls somewhere in the period January 21st to February 20th.
- The Start of Spring is the 1st of the 24 Solar Terms, beginning on February 3rd or 4th.
Most Chinese people use Chinese New Year as the start of the zodiac year. This is popular Chinese astrology. Only traditionalists and professional astrologers use the first solar term.
Therefore, for example if you were born in January or February in 1997, you might be an Ox or a Rat.
You can use our free Chinese zodiac sign calculator below to be sure.
Chinese Zodiac Calculator
Click the picture below to check each animal sign's horoscope, personality, love compatibility, etc. in detail.
Chinese Zodiac Signs' Personality
Chinese zodiac animals have astrological and cultural meanings. Chinese people associate each animal sign with certain characteristics. It's believed that people born in a given year have the personality of that year's animal.
Rat: quick-witted, resourceful, versatile, kind.
Ox: diligent, dependable, strong, determined.
Tiger: quick-witted, resourceful, versatile, kind.
Rabbit: quiet, elegant, kind, responsible.
Dragon: confident, intelligent, enthusiastic.
Snake: enigmatic, intelligent, wise.
Horse: animated, active, energetic.
Goat: calm, gentle, sympathetic.
Monkey: sharp, smart, curious.
Rooster: observant, hardworking, courageous.
Dog: lovely, honest, prudent.
Chinese Zodiac Signs' Lucky/Unlucky Things
|Chinese Zodiac Sign||Lucky Numbers||Lucky Colors||Lucky Flowers||Lucky Directions|
|Rat||2, 3||blue, gold, green||lily, African violet||west, northwest and southwest|
|Ox||1, 4||white, yellow, green||tulip, peach blossom||north, south|
|Tiger||1, 3, 4||blue, gray, orange||yellow lily, cineraria||east, north, south|
|Rabbit||3, 4, 6||red, pink, purple, blue||plantain lily, jasmine||east, south and northwest|
|Dragon||1, 6, 7||gold, silver, grayish white||bleeding-heart glory bower, dragon flowers||east, north, south|
|Snake||2, 8, 9||black, red, and yellow||orchid and cactus||east, west, and southwest|
|Horse||2, 3, 7||yellow and green||calla lily and jasmine||east, west, and south|
|Goat||2, 7||brown, red, and purple||carnations and primroses||north|
|Monkey||4, 9||white, blue, gold||chrysanthemum, crape myrtle||north, northwest, west|
|Rooster||5, 7, 8||gold, brown, and yellow||gladiola, cockscomb||south, southeast|
|Dog||3, 4, 9||red, green, and purple||rose, cymbidium orchids||east, south, and northeast|
|Pig||2, 5, 8||yellow, gray, brown, gold||hydrangea and daisy||east and southwest|
|Chinese Zodiac Sign||Unlucky Numbers||Unlucky Colors||Unlucky Directions|
|Rat||5, 9||yellow, brown||south and southeast|
|Tiger||6, 7, 8||brown||southwest|
|Rabbit||1, 7, 8||dark brown, dark yellow, white||north, west, and southwest|
|Dragon||3, 8||blue, green||northwest|
|Snake||1, 6, 7||brown, gold, white||northeast and northwest|
|Horse||1, 5, 6||blue, white||north and northwest|
|Goat||4, 9||blue and black||southwest|
|Monkey||2, 7||red, pink||south, southeast|
|Rooster||1, 3, 9||red||east|
|Dog||1, 6, 7||blue, white, gold||southeast|
|Pig||1, 7,||red, blue, green||southeast|
Chinese Zodiac Compatibility - Is He/She Right for You?
An important use of the Chinese zodiac is to determine if two people are compatible in a romantic relationship... or any kind of relationship. Zodiac compatibility is usually checked before getting married in China.
People born in a certain zodiac animal year are believed to have attributes of that animal, which determines their personality traits and could either help or hinder a relationship.
Chinese Zodiac Compatibility Calculator
Best Matches for the 12 Zodiac Signs
- Rat: Rat, Ox, Dragon, or Monkey
- Ox: Rat, Snake, or Rooster
- Tiger: Horse, Dog, or Pig
- Rabbit: Goat, Dog, or Pig
- Dragon: Rat, Monkey, or Rooster
- Snake: Ox or Rooster
- Horse: Tiger, Goat, or Dog
- Goat: Rabbit, Horse, Goat, or Pig
- Monkey: Rat, Dragon, or Dog
- Rooster: Ox, Dragon, or Snake
- Dog: Tiger, Rabbit, Horse, or Monkey
- Pig: Tiger, Rabbit, or Goat
Chinese Horoscope 2022
2022 is a year of the Tiger. Click the animal signs below to learn about each Chinese zodiac animal's horoscope in 2022.
Rats' Horoscope in 2022:
Rats, you will have a calmer life in 2022, though you will need to make more effort to progress. There is little chance of promotion or a raise, but you should still work hard for your superiors’ praise.
Read more on Monthly Horoscope for Rats in 2022.
Oxes' Horoscope in 2022:
Following the challenges of your birth sign year in 2021, Ox people, you can expect a much better life in 2022. Oxes, you have one of 2022’s luckiest zodiac signs. Your career and relationships will grow. If you’re single, you may well meet your mate and even marry.
Read more on Monthly Horoscope for Oxes in 2022.
Tigers' Horoscope in 2022:
Tigers, 2022 is your ‘origin of life year’ (another Tiger year). You are predicted many challenges with frequent life changes. Be circumspect with problem solving and communication, wear red underwear and socks, carry pig-related items, marry, or have a child to reduce bad luck. Your career will be ok if you work hard, and, despite everything, a promotion’s likely.
Read more on Monthly Horoscope for Tigers in 2022.
Rabbits' Horoscope in 2022:
In Tiger year 2022, Rabbits, you will offend Taisui (the god of age), but not as seriously as Tigers. Thus, you will have unexpected troubles. However, most of them won’t be big and will get sorted easily. Single Rabbits, you are likely to fall in love.
2022 is a suitable year for Rabbits to get married, buy a new house, and/or make a baby.
Read more on Monthly Horoscope for Rabbits in 2022.
Dragons' Horoscope in 2022:
Dragons, you will have much better luck in 2022 than in 2021. Optimism will oust bad luck and increase your wealth. Your progress in 2022 will not disappoint you as long as you work hard and circumspectly.
Read more on Monthly Horoscope for Dragons in 2022.
Snakes' Horoscope in 2022:
Snake people, your luck in 2022 will be moderate, with unexpected hassles, but mostly good results. You should try to keep calm when feeling upset. You’re suggested to travel for relaxation.
Attending a wedding or birthday party will allay bad luck. 2022 is a lucky time for you to marry or move home.
Read more on Monthly Horoscope for Snakes in 2022.
Horses' Horoscope in 2022:
Horse people, you are predicted a smooth life and good luck with money in 2022. Your career will go smoothly, and your leaders will reward you if you go all out to fulfill your goals.
In 2022, you will also enjoy good relationships. Patience and good communication will yield harmony with colleagues, friends and families.
Read more on Monthly Horoscope for Horses in 2022.
Goats' Horoscope in 2022:
Goats, in year of the Tiger 2022, you have one of the luckiest zodiac signs. This year, you will have career growth and great relationships. Single Goats, you will have great luck in finding a partner. When you find him/her, seize the day, pursue happiness, and express your love.
Read more on Monthly Horoscope for Goats in 2022.
Monkeys' Horoscope in 2022:
Monkeys, don’t expect much from 2022. You will need more work to achieve anything. To allay bad luck, you could do something auspicious this year, like marrying, having a baby, or moving house.
Read more on Monthly Horoscope for Monkeys in 2022.
Roosters' Horoscope in 2022:
Rooster people, you are predicted luck in life and finances in 2022. You’ll probably get help from superiors, a promotion, and a raise. Diligent work and study should produce good results this year.
Read more on Monthly Horoscope for Roosters in 2022.
Dogs' Horoscope in 2022:
Following an undulating 2021, people born in the year of the Dog, you will enjoy much improved luck in 2022: your career will flourish and your achievements will be recognized by your bosses. Dogs, if you pursue areas of growth, travel, and maintain harmony and interact well with those around you, you will have good prospects in 2022.
Read more on Monthly Horoscope for Dogs in 2022.
Pigs' Horoscope in 2022:
Pig year people, you will have an up-and-down 2022. You’ll negotiate many barriers, and succeed in the end. With these successes, it’s predicted that you’ll be happy most of 2022.
To increase good luck, you may marry, move, and/or reproduce.
Read more on Monthly Horoscope for Pigs in 2022.
2022 Chinese Zodiac Animal — The Tiger
The Tiger is the Chinese zodiac animal for 2022. Tiger year 2022 starts from February 1st, 2022 and ends on January 21st, 2023.
Known as the king of all beasts in China, the Tiger is a symbol of strength, exorcising evils, and braveness. A year of the Tiger is considered a good year.
The zodiac signs most compatible with the Tiger (the Pig, the Horse, and the Dog) usually enjoy good luck in 2022. However, Tigers, Monkeys, and Snakes might encounter some financial problems because they are believed to offend Tai Sui, the God of Age, in 2022.
Read more on the year of the Tiger including the 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs' Horoscopes for 2022.
2022 is the benmingnian (本命年 ‘origin of life year') for those people born under the Tiger sign. Read more on How to Make Good Luck in Your Zodiac Year Easily.
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Chinese Zodiac Story
Do you know why the 12 Chinese zodiac animals are in their fixed sequence from Rat to Pig? Why is the cat not one of the 12 zodiac animals?
The sequence of the 12 signs is popularly explained by a myth about when the Jade Emperor (the supreme immortal) was developing a calendar… All creatures on Earth were summoned to participate in a race. The first 12 to cross the line were awarded signs and their order in the Chinese zodiac.
Find out more on the Chinese Zodiac story.
Actually, the 12 animals were chosen very deliberately by the ancients, after many revisions. The zodiac animals are either closely related to ancient Chinese people's daily lives or have lucky meanings in ancient Chinese culture.
What is the luckiest/unluckiest Chinese zodiac sign?
There is a popular Chinese folk saying that 9/10 Goats are inadequate (十羊九不全 '10 Goats 9 incomplete'), which implies that most people born in a year of the Goat are destined for bad luck. Most Chinese people also believe that people born in a Goat year will grow up to be followers rather than leaders. Although this is an outdated superstition, it has a real effect on Chinese society.
Conversely, the Dragon is the most coveted zodiac sign, with Chinese births peaking in Dragon years.
Rationally, it's hard to identify the luckiest or unluckiest zodiac signs, as each sign has its own advantages and disadvantages. Socially, different combinations of zodiac signs cause different relational dynamics, which may affect someone's life more, as we don't live in isolation.
What are the differences between Chinese zodiac and western astrology?
The main similarity between the two systems is that both systems are based on time periods of birth, and they both have 12 symbols or signs with associated personalities and fortunes.
However, there are big differences in their origins and astrological theory.
With the Chinese zodiac, the 12 signs are derived from the ancients' musings about archetypal animals, people's personalities and fortunes, and their relationships with one another and years of birth. A myth about a celestial race was later developed to explain the Chinese zodiac sequence.
This differs from Western astrology, where the 12 zodiac signs are based on constellations' positions relative to the earth. The constellations were named according to Greek mythology and astrological theory was developed based on the stars supposed influence on human personalities and lives.
In addition, the Chinese zodiac is calculated on a year-by-year base while the Western zodiac corresponds with “months”.
Chinese Zodiac in Other Asian Countries
The Chinese zodiac has a great influence on several other Asian countries, such as the South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, and Myanmar. In some countries, the zodiac signs are the same as the Chinese ones, while some of the animals differ in other countries.
The 12 Chinese zodiac animals in order are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. These animal signs are exactly the same in South Korea, North Korea, Singapore, and Cambodia.
- The 12 Japanese zodiac animals in order are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Boar.
- The 12 Vietnamese zodiac animals in order are: Rat, Buffalo, Tiger, Cat, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.
- The 12 Thai zodiac animals in order are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Naga (a mythical half-human-half-snake spirit), Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.
- The 8 Burmese zodiac animals are: Garuda (a mythical bird), Tiger, Lion, Elephant (with tusks), Rat, Guinea Pig, and Dragon.