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 2021
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 2021
2021 is a year of the Ox. The animal signs which are well matched with Ox usually enjoy good fortune in an Ox year, i.e. Rats, Snakes, and Roosters.
Click the animal signs below to learn more about each Chinese zodiac animal's horoscope in 2021.
Rats' Horoscope in 2021:
2021 is a year of the Ox, and the overall fortunes of Rat people (those born in a year of the Rat) are very good. Since the zodiac Rat and the zodiac Ox have a good relationship, the fortunes of Rat people will be exceptionally smooth. This year, regardless of whether they have difficulties in their careers or studies, Rats can get help from others in time. Read more on Monthly Horoscope for Rats in 2021.
Oxes' Horoscope in 2021:
Those born in a year of the Ox will encounter their 'birth sign year' (benmingnian 本命年) again in Ox year 2021. Oxes are expected to face many challenges when their birth sign year recurs every twelfth year. Read more on Monthly Horoscope for Oxes in 2021.
Tigers' Horoscope in 2021:
2021 is a mixed year for those who belong to a year of the Tiger (Tigers). But Tigers, if you can relax and condition yourself, you can have a smooth end to the year. In 2021, Tigers' careers and financial performance is set to be relatively flat. Emotional luck is good, and singles will have a great chance of making a connection, while people of marriageable age may also enter marriage. In terms of health, Tigers should be alert to small physical ailments, paying attention to seeking health care in a timely way. Read more on Monthly Horoscope for Tigers in 2021.
Rabbits' Horoscope in 2021:
In 2021, those belonging to the Chinese zodiac sign of the Rabbit will have an overall stable time, and as long as they maintain the enthusiasm they had in the past, there will be no small gains. The zodiac Rabbit is innately more diligent that other signs, and interpersonal relationships are usually very good. This year is again expected to be blessed with rich and powerful people's help, so prospects of promotion and salary increase are still very promising. Read more on Monthly Horoscope for Rabbits in 2021.
Dragons' Horoscope in 2021:
2021 is a mixed year for Dragons — those born in a Chinese zodiac year of the Dragon. Although there are certain opportunities in their careers, just a little carelessness is likely to cause adversity. In 2021, Dragons should be more careful in their words and deeds, and in interpersonal situations, they should pay attention to avoid oral disputes. In terms of health, Dragons' overall performance in 2021 will be good, but they should still be careful of the adverse effects of bad living habits. Emotionally, 2021 will be a year without much luck in love, but married people will have the support of their spouses. Read more on Monthly Horoscope for Dragons in 2021.
Snakes' Horoscope in 2021:
2021 is a year of the Ox, and for Snake people — those born in a year of the Snake, the year's horoscope is generally good. Whether at work or in the area of finance, Snakes, you will get the help of your people. Owing to Snakes' intelligence and calm, business will be greatly improved in 2021. At the same time, it will be very good in terms of wealth: Snakes, no matter what you do, it can be rewarded. Read more on Monthly Horoscope for Snakes in 2021.
Horses' Horoscope in 2021:
Entering 2021, the overall destiny of Horse people (those born in a Chinese zodiac year of the Horse) is troubled. Fortunately, Horse people are righteous, and usually treat friends very generously, so their fortunes are very good usually. In 2021, their career performance is good, with career progress, which will bring a good income. 2021 is a bad year for the health of Horse people, however, and vigilance should be raised. Romantically, this year Horse people have a lot of rotten luck in love, which may affect family harmony, and so they need to be careful in their responses. Read more on Monthly Horoscope for Horses in 2021.
Goats' Horoscope in 2021:
2021 is a year that requires special vigilance for Goats (people born in a year of the Goat Chinese zodiac sign). Goat people's careers and financial fortunes this year are mostly unfavorable. Because of many difficulties in life, the usually mild-mannered Goat people may have conflicts with friends. Read more on Monthly Horoscope for Goats in 2021.
Monkeys' Horoscope in 2021:
Monkeys (people born in a Chinese zodiac Monkey year) will have great luck in their careers in the first half of 2021, and there will be opportunities to get rich. 2021 will be a year of harvest. Read more on Monthly Horoscope for Monkeys in 2021.
Roosters' Horoscope in 2021:
The overall luck of Roosters (people born in a year of the Rooster) in 2021 is relatively stable. Roosters, your career and financial luck are very smooth: as long as you work hard, you will get a good deal. Due to good interpersonal relationships and high emotional intelligence, Roosters will meet many rich/noble people, and these parties are set to bring wealth to Roosters in the year of 2021. Read more on Monthly HoroscopeFortune for Roosters in 2021.
Dogs' Horoscope in 2021:
In 2021, luck for the Dog(people of the Dog Chinese zodiac sign) is slightly lower, especially with respect to interpersonal problems that will plague the Dog. In terms of careers, Dogs, what you do will easily attract criticism from others. In 2021, people who belong to the Dog zodiac sign will be easily trapped in their feelings, leading to insomnia and fatigue. Academically, Dog people's learning efficiency will be hindered because of their introverted personality. Read more on Monthly Horoscope for Dogs in 2021.
Pigs' Horoscope in 2021:
In 2021, Pigs (people born in a year of the Pig) will have good opportunities for career and wealth gains; in terms of feelings, Pigs can just go with the flow. However, Pigs, pay attention to the health of your family. This year, you or your family may have serious illnesses, which will cost you a lot of money. Academically, Pigs are generally in good shape in 2021. If you study hard, you can get good returns. Read more on Monthly Horoscope for Pigs in 2021.
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.