Year of the Rat
- Lucky Colors: blue, gold, green
- Lucky Numbers: 2, 3
- Lucky Flowers: lily, African violet, lily of the valley
- Years of Birth: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
Personality of the Rat
The rat has the first position in the Chinese Zodiac. Rats are quick-witted, resourceful and versatile. With strong intuition and quick response, they are always easy to adapt themselves to a new environment. With rich imaginations and sharp observation, rats can take advantage of opportunity to do anything. Rats have strong curiosity, so they tend to try their hands at anything, and they can deal with it skillfully. Ladies belonging to the rat zodiac sign are pretty, smart and lovely. They have quick minds and dexterous hands to learn anything.
As lack of courage and insight, as well as proper command capabilities, rats are not capable to be leaders. Opportunistic and picky as rats are, they do not have great minds, but a narrow view. Rats are kind, but sometimes are impolite to others. People of the rat zodiac sign usually sleep late at night for mice are nocturnal animals.
Health of the Rat
General speaking, rats are healthy. They are full of energy and active, which help them keep fit and stay away from illness. In dry seasons, they should pay attention to prevent trouble of respiratory and skin problems. With enough rest they can keep high spirits at work, which can improve work efficiency. A balanced diet and regular exercise benefit rats. When in stressful and tense conditions, rats are suggested to take a tour to free stress and tension.
Career of the Rat
With good insight and sharp perspective, rats have good judgment in what they do, which enables them to prevent unnecessary trouble. Rats are cautious and meticulous, so they tend to show a serious attitude toward their work. People of the rat zodiac sign are suitable to such careers as administrator, director, manager, entrepreneur, broadcaster, writer, musician, stand-up comedian, politician, lawyer, researcher, and racing car driver.
Relationships of the Rat
With an active nature, rats enjoy a flexible social circle. They are interested in attending different kinds of social occasions. They like to make new friends, but they seldom further their relationships with others. Rats have a charming appearance, which can attract more friends. For love relationship, rats find it easy to start a new relationship with someone, but they also break off relationships easily, which results in trouble with love affairs.
Compatibility of the Rat
Best with: Dragon, Monkey or Ox
Worst with: Goat, Horse, Rabbit or Rooster
Predictions for Rat in 2014
Love: People who belong to the Rat sign will be confronted with disturbances in their affections this year. More trifles and quarrels may occur in their daily life; more tolerance is needed. When couples get along, discords may easily happen; it is essential to be calm and avoid making a grave mistake because of petty things. The opportunities for affection for most single people will go up and down this year. Luck with the opposite sex happens this year, but its duration depends on individuals.
Career: Careers will go up and down this year. People who belong to the Rat sign may have several setbacks in their career. The cooperation between friends and relatives should be watched, and disputes and quarrels noted. Too much shouldn't be expected as, for some, this year will be a challenging one. Temporary superiority shouldn't be striven for; patience and occasional concessions will ensure that a favorable turn will happen.
Fortune: Luck in making money will go up and down. It is good for Rat people to keep a conservative stance when making money this year. It is better to leave well alone when people who belong to the Rat sign go into business and investments. Money gained from windfalls is higher than that gained from working. Workers with stable incomes have fewer chances of promotion. Speculators may have windfalls but mustn't be greedy.
Health: People who belong to the Rat sign should pay more attention to their health problems, especially ones relating to blood circulation. People with high blood pressure should take notice of their diet. Middle-aged people should pay more attention to cardiac problems and be careful when driving.
Best Travel Destinations for Rat in 2014
For the traveling rat, it may be best to stick with the north and the west of China this year. Though the north is favorable, (you may care to consider Beijing, Tianjin, Shenyang, Dalian or Qingdao, for example), the west holds the destinations you should be most particularly considering. Where to avoid? The south. Not for you the delights of the beaches at Hainan, shopping in Guangdong or other such popular destinations as Fujian, Hunan and Nanning. Consider instead:
At the upstream end of the Yangtze cruise itinerary, Chongqing is China's fourth and newest municipality. Huge and rapidly-developing, Chongqing is a vibrant and ever-changing city, a model of the New China. If you have a few days free there, check out Eling Park for the citizenry undertaking their morning exercise routines, theThree Gorges Museum and Wuling Mountain. Chongqing has become an easy visit for even the most casual tourist in China with a recently-adopted 72-hour visa-free policy for foreign travelers.
Some two hours by bullet train from Chongqing, Chengdu is a popular destination in Sichuan province. It is in the area inhabited by giant pandas in the wild, and has thus come to be seen as their effective 'home town'. Chengdu is a great place to start if you are thinking of seeing and finding out more about these rare and beautiful creatures. Chengdu also serves as a good starting point for those considering a trip to Tibet, with the most frequent flights to Lhasa of any Chinese city. However, be sure to check there are no restrictions on travel to the region before making any plans.
Ranked alongside Beijing, Shanghai and Guilin as one of China's top destinations for the first-time tourist, Xi'an is particularly spectacular for its history and its insights into ancient Chinese culture. Indeed, Chinese history is said to have begun in Xi'an, the seat of ten dynasties. The world-renowned Terracotta Army was found and is located in Xi'an, one of the most incredible finds in the history of world archaeology. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine a trip to China that does not include Xi'an.
Lanzhou is a city steeped in history. An important place for trade along the ancient Silk Road, it finds itself host to many of the Muslim Hui minority whose forebears were converted by traders to Islam. Though fascinating for its history and the people who live there, be warned; Lanzhou is not amongst China's cleanest cities. Its geography, located in a natural bowl, means the air tends to be trapped there, and the pollution from industry and car exhausts tends to make the air a gray hazard for much of the year.
Of course, you do not need to be told that Beijing is the capital of China and, as such, is a must-visit destination for the tourist. Fortunately, Rats may do so without concern for inauspicious stars in 2014. Here are located many of the best-preserved reminders of China's long and eventful imperial history, and many of its most famous constructions. The Great Wall and the Forbidden City – the huge complex that played host to the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties – the Summer Palace with its glorious gardens which were the retreat for those Emperors in hot weather and, going down the scale of the rigid imperial class structure, the maze-like hutongs, the winding alleyways that open out into courtyards and small gardens in which the lower orders of the day used to live and, indeed, where many still do. The hutongs are as vibrant with the life of China today as they have ever been.
Not that Beijing has stopped in the past. Hosting the Olympic Games in 2008, it has new wonders to behold, most notably the famous Bird's-Nest Stadium which hosted the wonderful opening and closing ceremonies seen and praised throughout the world. Even without the fireworks, the stadium is a wonderful testament to modern architecture and the creativity of the modern China.
Places to avoid
Most inauspicious for Rats in 2014, they would be advised to steer clear of southern cities and sights. No Hainan for you with its glorious beaches. Sorry. Guangdong is out. Fujian is a no-no. Hunan is dodgy. Nanning, forget it.
Famous People Who Belong to Rat
Shakespeare (1564-1616), a British playwright and poet.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965), a British statesman who was British prime minister in 1940-45 and 1951-55. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953.
Louis Armstrong (American jazz musician).
Wang Mang, (45 BC-23 AD), courtesy name Jujun, founded the Xin (or Hsin, meaning "new" Dynasty) in Chinese history.
Zhuangzi, also known as Zhuang Zhou, a Mongolian of Ningguo, was a famous Chinese philosopher, thinker and littérateur during the Warring States period.
Wei Zheng, from Guantao County of Hebei Province, was a famous politician from the Tang Dynasty and a blunt and loyal minister through the ages.
Du Fu, courtesy name Zimei, was a great poet of the Tang Dynasty. He was born in a lower bureaucratic family in Gong County of Henan Province in 712 AD.
The Legend of Rat
Among the twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac, how was the little rat put in first place? Here is the story.
There is a legend that the Jade Emperor ordered all the animals to come to the celebration of his birthday, and he decided to select twelve kinds of animals as the guards working on the road to heaven according to the sequence the animals came in. These twelve animals would work shifts year by year.
The cat and the rat were neighbors, and they were good friends; they both wanted to register to be selected. But the cat loved sleeping and he was afraid that he would oversleep on the registration day, so he asked the rat to wake him up in the morning. The rat promised: "Don't worry, you can sleep as much as you want, I will wake you up once I get up, and we will go together". However, the rat left alone without waking the cat up on that day.
The ox got up very early too. He met the rat on the road. The ox walked faster with his big size and large steps, while the small-sized rat ran and became out of breath just trying to catch up with the ox. There was still a very long way to go, but the rat was already too tired to continue, so he came up with the idea of asking the ox to carry him: "My dear elder brother, I will sing a song for you". The ox said: "Well, you can do —hey, why aren't you singing?" The rat answered: "I was singing; why didn't you hear it? Oh, my voice was too low to be heard. Well, let me ride on your neck so you can hear it". The ox said "yes" and the rat climbed along the ox's leg up to the ox’s neck. How comfortable it was having the ox carrying him. He swayed his head from side to side and finally began to sing.
Hearing the rat sing, the ox was pleased and began to run harder. No one was there when he arrived at the destination, so he was happy and cried: "I am the first, I am the first!" The ox had not even finished his words when the rat jumped ahead and reached the shore first. So he claimed first place in the competition and the zodiac. The rat ranked first and the ox second. That's why the little rat was the first among those twelve animals.
The cat got up too late because he overslept. When he arrived, the twelve kinds of animals had been selected. Having not been selected, the cat was very angry with the rat since the rat didn't wake him up as he had promised. So from then on, the cat had a deep hatred for the rat; he swore to kill the rat when they met.
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