The ox occupies the second position on the Chinese Zodiac. They are known for diligence, dependability, strength and determination. Owning an honest nature, oxen have strong patriotism for their country, have ideals and ambitions for life, and attach importance to family and work. These things reflect the traditional characteristics of conservatives. Women belonging to the ox zodiac sign are traditional good wives who attach great importance to children's education.
With a desire to advance and great patience, oxen can achieve their goals after consistent efforts. They are not influenced by others or the environment, but persist to do things in accordance with their ideas and abilities. Before taking action to do anything, they will have a specific plan and detailed steps, adding their strong faith and physical strength, so people of ox zodiac will enjoy great success.
The most disadvantageous trait in oxen is poor communication skills. They are not good at communicating with others, or even think it not worth exchanging ideas with others. They are stubborn and stick to their own ways.
Strong and robust, people born in the year of the ox enjoy a fairly healthy condition with a long life span and less illness. Because of hard work with a stubborn personality, they often forget meals, which make them have intestinal problems. So enough rest and regular diet are needed for oxen to work efficiently. With a stubborn temperament, they find it easy to bear stress and tension, and they are reluctant to reveal themselves to others. Proper relaxation and regular short travels will benefit the ox.
As the symbol of hard work, oxen always work hard at everything and stick to finishing it. Possessing a serious and responsible attitude toward work, they can come up with different approaches to their task. With a keen eye for details and an admirable work ethic, they are competent at such careers as agriculture, manufacturing, pharmacy, mechanics, engineering, draftsmanship, artistry, politics, real estate, interior design, painting, carpentry, or quarry work.
Oxen are not good at communicating with others, so they have less social intercourse. They prefer to stay alone and enjoy solitude instead of participating in various of social activities. They treat friends sincerely and count much on friendship. For love relationships, oxen tend to keep a long term relationship with their lovers. Frequent changes of lover make them uncomfortable. Ladies of the ox zodiac sign lack femininity. If they can realize their own inadequacies, and change the cautious attitude of indifference to affection and enthusiasm, they will have love relationships to their hearts' desire.
Best with: Rat, Snake or Rooster
Worst with: Dragon, Horse, Goat, Dog or Rabbit
Love: The romantic life for people who were born in a year of the ox will be bittersweet in 2015. Young lovers may often quarrel with each other, however, their relationships won't be hurt due to the mediation of their closest friends.
Married couples should make allowances for each other to keep a smooth marriage. Single people will spend most of their time feeling lonely due to their indifference to a social life.
Fortune: People who were born in a year of the ox should carefully control their financial spending in 2015 because they are at risk of suffering a monetary setback at the beginning of the year. As a result, they should try hard to keep expenses down, or they will be in trouble due to excessive spending.
They should purchase some real estate at the beginning of the year, which could change bad luck into good fortune at the end of the year.
Career: As for their career, they will be under great pressure at work and, what's more, their bosses will be too picky for them to bear. Their work efficiency shall be greatly reduced owing to these points; however, it is not a good idea for them to change jobs, so they must just be patient.
Health: They will be vulnerable to slight illnesses this year; therefore, they should be more careful to have a nutritious diet and do more exercise to reduce the chance of getting sick.
As Rats, Oxen will find southern destinations best avoided in 2014. See the list above. Other than that, though, there's nowhere either auspicious nor inauspicious. Travel where you will and take your chances with fate.
Though this means you're best off avoiding the amazing mountain-high pillars of Zhangjiajie, the pleasing sands of Sanya, the busy modernity of Guangzhou and Shenzhen, Xiamen's seaside luxuries and clement weather, there's still plenty to see in Beijing, the powerhouse of the New China in the world that is Shanghai with its own history and vibrant events of the past, the history of Imperial Xi'an and the truly astounding severed peaks that litter the landscape of Guilin.
If you have already seen these, branch out a little. Check out Chengdu and see some giant pandas, or take a Yangtze River Cruise. Visit Yunnan and discover the wide variety of locations the province has to offer or, somewhat off the beaten track of most tourists, the province of Guizhou with its own hilly scenery patched with minority villages and culture.
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In ancient times, the ox king was a guard of the Jade Emperor who always worked between the heavenly palace and the earth. One day, a farmer asked the ox to take a message to the Jade Emperor, saying that the earth was very ugly as it was devoid of grasses, and he hoped the Jade Emperor could send some grass seeds to make the earth beautiful. The Jade Emperor agreed and asked who was willing to do this job. The ox king offered himself to take the job. However, being afraid that the ox might mess up because of his usual carelessness, the Jade Emperor didn't agree to let him go. The ox insisted, and even promised the Jade Emperor that he would accept a punishment if he could not do it well. Finally, the Jade Emperor agreed. The ox was requested to put a handful of seeds on the earth every three steps.
The ox king walked out of the heavenly palace with grass seeds in his hand, but he accidentally fell down. After he arrived on the earth, he felt dizzy and misunderstood what the Jade Emperor had asked him to do, so he put three handfuls of seeds on the earth with every step; as a result, too many seeds were put on the earth.
The next year, wild grass grew everywhere, and farmers were unable to plant crops. The Jade Emperor knew there was something wrong, so he called in the ox king and asked what happened, only to discover that the ox had put three handfuls of seeds down with every step. The Jade Emperor punished the ox and his descendants with only being able to eat grass and by helping farmers with their weeding. What’s more, they needed to help the farmers to work from generation to generation.
However, the ox was known as a good kind of animal who would come to his senses and correct his mistakes, and he bared the hardship without complaint. He was diligent, he pulled the plow and never loosened it; he did a lot of work for the farmer, so people thought highly of him. When ranking animals in the zodiac, the people elected him as one of the twelve Chinese Zodiacs. If it was not for the speculation of the little rat who won, the ox would surely have been selected as the leader of the twelve animals. The ox won his place in the Chinese Zodiac by his contribution to mankind.