It’s always nice to know a bit about a country before traveling there. That’s why I put together these 97 fun facts about China. let me know which of these things about China you found most interesting in the comments!
1. Each year in China is represented by an animal – the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. This is known as the Chinese Zodiac, and the animals rotate based on a 12-year cycle. 2018 is the year of the dog.
2. How did these 12 animals come to be the signs of the Zodiac? The ox, horse, goat, rooster, pig, and dog are the main domestic animals raised by Chinese people. The rat, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, and monkey are all loved by the Chinese people.
3. The animals are arranged in their recurring order based on the Chinese principle of Yin and Yang. The Yin and Yang arrangement is based on the odd or even number of each animal’s claws (or toes, hoofs). The animals are arranged in an alternating odd/even sequence (i.e. Rabbit (4 toes/limb) followed by Dragon (5 claws/limb), followed by Snake (0 limbs).
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