Year of the Dragon

  • Lucky Colors: gold, silver, grayish white
  • Lucky Numbers: 1, 6, 7
  • Lucky Flowers: bleeding glory-bower
  • Years of Birth: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

Personality of the Dragon

As the sole imaginary animal, the dragon ranks fifth in the Chinese Zodiac. The dragon is the most vital and powerful of any in the Chinese zodiac, although with an infamous reputation for being a hothead and possessing a sharp tongue. In ancient times, people thought that dragons could control everything in the world, for they symbolized the character traits of dominance and ambition.

Gifted with innate courage, tenacity and intelligence, dragons are enthusiastic and confident. They are not afraid of challenges, and willing to take risks. However, the dragon is sometimes regarded as aggressive, and angry dragons are not open to criticism. They don't consider themselves irritating and arrogant. Instead of following the past, they are striving for a smooth and nice future.

Health of the Dragon

Taking the hardworking nature of dragons into consideration, they are healthy in general. They may be stressed and suffer from periodic tension, for they like to embrace challenges and take risks. Old people born in a Chinese zodiac dragon year should pay more attention to liver and gall, blood, intestines and stomach, while the middle-aged and young people should care more about their skins. Yoga or taking a walk would be an effective way to keep healthy, as these activities can be good for their minds as well as their bodies.

Career of the Dragon

Dragons like to embrace challenges and take risks. Jobs that allow them to test themselves are good choices. Some good careers include: journalist, teacher, inventor, manager, computer analyst, lawyer, engineer, architect, broker, and sales person.

Relationships of the Dragon

In the search for the ideal partner, dragons might find themselves often hesitating to move forward in a relationship and/or unwilling to make a permanent commitment. When they do, however, it is their intention for it to last. Dragons are likely to have a warm, giving personality. They can be very generous to their loved ones.

Compatibility of the Dragon

Best with: Rat, Monkey or Rooster
Worst with: Dog, Ox, Dragon or Rabbit

Check your romantic relationship compatibility before it's too late.

2015 Predictions for the Dragon

Love: The romantic life for males will be rather smooth in 2015, especially for those who are still single, and they will have more chances to find lovers around them. However, the romantic life for females will not be very smooth; therefore, they will have a better chance to make friends with males in 2015.

Fortune: People who were born in a year of the dragon can increase their fortune through their weariness of the street and tiresome searches. Office clerks may have more chances to go on business trips or attend meetings.

Career: Fortune falls upon those who have business partners of the opposite sex in 2015. As for their career, they will have an opportunity to fully display their talents if they work hard enough. After all, no pain, no gain.

Health: They should balance work and play well together, and should not play outside excessively so as to avoid harming their health. It will be extremely inadvisable for them to be influenced by emotions when handling people and things, or they might tumble into lawsuits.

Best Travel Destinations for the Dragon in 2015

Go West!

Go west, Dragons. For all to be well, go west and stay west. There's plenty to amuse you in Chengdu and Chongqing, Xi'an and Lanzhou. For further details on these see above. It will be a good year if you only go west.

Places to avoid

Pretty much anywhere not west is to be avoided this year. Shanghai, Nanjing, Suzhou, Wuxi, Ningbo... not for you this year. Likewise the northwest, so don't stray. Forget Ningxia, Gansu, Xinjiang, Shanxi and Inner Mongolia. West they may be, but they have a northern component. Sorry. These especially are to be avoided. Inauspicious stars will not look kindly upon you should you trespass.

Famous People Who Belong to Dragon

Zhu Yuanzhang, born in 1328 AD, the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty.

Ban Chao, born in 32 AD, was a famous militarist and diplomat of the Eastern Han Dynasty.

Tsai Yuan-Pei (1868-1940), a Chinese revolutionist, educator and statesman.

Guo Moruo (1892-1978), from Shandong County of Sichuan Province, was a famous writer, poet, historian, playwright, archaeologist and ancient writing expert.

Deng Xiaoping, born in 1904, one of the main leaders of the People's Republic of China.

Vladimir Putin, born in 1952, President of Russia.

Ariel Sharon, born in 1928, President of Israel.

The City the Dragon Represent - Beijing

If any animal may be said to dominate the Chinese zodiac, that animal is the dragon. A symbol of royalty, its appropriate home is Beijing, the Chinese capital.

With a history of over 3,000 years, Beijing reins supreme in the public imagination, both nationally and internationally, in their considerations of China. Through the centuries it has transformed itself from animperial capital to that of a modern and thriving economy, and its nature has changed along with it while retaining much that is ancient as testament to its greatness in the past.

In considering its modernity and vibrancy in the present day, the visitor would do well to see Sanlitun Bar Street, (三里屯酒吧街), China'sNational Grand Theatre, (国家大剧院), the magnificent 'Bird's Nest' Olympic stadium, ('鸟巢'), and the 'Water Cube', ('水立方').

These sit alongside Beijing's historical and more scenic spots. The world's biggest Imperial Palace is to be found within the walls of the Forbidden City and the Palace museum. The magnificent Temple of Heaven pays testament to ancient worship practices and, with Beihai, we see landscape architecture at its best with the ancient royal gardens. The Summer Palace mingles both stately Imperial architecture with pleasant, carefully-crafted scenery. More grandeur may be seen with a visit to the Prince Gong Mansion, (恭王府). No trip to Beijing — nor even China — would be complete without a visit to the Great Wall, and Beijing boasts some of its finest architecture with the sites of Badaling and Mutianyu, (慕田峪长城). With all this on show, the Ming Dynasty Tombs in the city seem almost ironic; it is as if those late, great Emperors had never died as they live on through the architecture they inspired. China's more recent history is reflected here as well through the vast expanse of Tiananmen Square, the government building of the Great Hall of the People, and the Monument to the People's Heroes.

Surely any trip to China would be incomplete without a visit to Beijing.

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