Year of the Tiger

  • Lucky Colors: blue, grey, white, orange
  • Lucky Numbers: 1, 3, 4
  • Lucky Flowers: cineraria
  • Year of Birth: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022


Among the Chinese Zodiac animals, tigers have the third position. They are characterized by bravery, competitiveness and unpredictability. With stubborn personalities and tough judgment, tigers work actively and boldly express themselves, and do things with a high-handed manner. They are authoritative and never go back on what they have said. With great confidence and indomitable fortitude, they can be competent leaders. They will not make preparations for anything, but they can handle anything that comes along. Tigers are naturally inclined to accept a challenge and do not like to obey others.


Tigers enjoy good health. They are active so they like to do different kind of sports. Small illnesses, such as colds, coughs, and fever, are rarely experienced by tigers. However, they should avoid excessive strenuous exercise, because some dangerous actions may lead to physical damage. When involved in outdoor excise, they should pay particular attention to warm-up exercise. Aerobic-type exercise, such as jogging, is suitable to keep fit. Tigers are energetic and have great enthusiasm at work. When they feel exhausted after extended work, they need some relaxation to refresh themselves.


Due to the title " king of animals", tigers are the focus that everyone pays attention to. Born with leadership, they are respected by others. Tigers are suitable to any career as leaders. They can take up such careers as advertising agent, office manager, travel agent, actor, writer, artist, pilot, flight attendant, musician, comedian, and chauffeur. However, in early years, tigers are not so smooth in their careers. After their thirties, they turn to a better cause and gather wealth.


In social relationship, tigers are always in the dominant role. Due to treason and over confidence, tigers do not like to communicate with others, so they are not good at coordinating in social circles. They are inclined to use commanding means to deal with interpersonal relationships. Even though they are acquainted with a lot of people, they do not further the relationships to deep friendship. In love relationships, tigers can not give sweet love to their partners because they lack romance.


Best with: Dragon, Monkey or Ox
Worst with: Goat, Horse, Rabbit or Rooster

2015 Predictions for the Tiger

Love: The romantic life for them will be smooth in 2015. Single people will find their life partners if they care enough for the people around them. People in love will be suitable to get married in 2015. Married couples will have happy events at home.

Fortune: People who were born in a year of the tiger will have a poor fortune in 2015. They should purchase something valuable at the beginning of a year in order to retain its value at the end of the year. Despite this, it is highly probable that they will win a prize in a lottery draw in 2015.

Career: As for their career, they will have numerous difficulties in their jobs and will have to strive very hard to deal with them all. However, they will make great achievements despite these difficulties, and will also readily get help from magnates.

Health: They will often feel tired and be vulnerable to illness; however, they will recover quickly under the advice of good doctors, and it is advisable for them to do moderate exercise each day.

Best Travel Destinations for Tiger in 2015

Sorry, Tiger, but you are a little limited this year. If the stars are anything to go by, you'd be best off sticking with China's north-westerly area. However, worry not. There's plenty there to see, and unless you're planning on staying longer than a year – in which case your inauspicious stars will have moved in any case – you will find enough here alone to keep you amiably occupied and frequently amazed.


Insofar as any province in China may be said to be so, Ningxia province is tiny, which is not to say you wouldn't notice if someone dropped it on your foot. Somehow, for all its diminutive size, Ningxia has managed to pack into itself an amazing variety of sights and wonders given its history, an important stopping point on the Silk Road and home to the Kingdom of the Western Xia, established by the Tanguts between 1038 and 1227 CE. Something of a crossroads area between China, Tibet and Mongolia, you will be surprised and pleased by turns at the minority culture you see here, not hidden away in museums but here as a vibrant part of the province's daily life.

On your visiting list should be the must-see destinations of the Xumishan Grottoes, (comparable to the more-visited but no-more spectacular Yungang Buddhist Grottoes in their ancient carvings from the rock; still more ancient rock and cave paintings at Helan Mountain, known as 'The Nomadic Art Gallery'; the tombs of the Western Xia kings themselves, beehive-like structures that litter a plain and have been called 'the Eastern Pyramids' given their strange structure; the ancient and grand Nanguan Mosque; Qingtongxia, the location of 108 towers and, perhaps, the best place in China to see these structures created in the Lama style; and the the Great Wall itself, in its seemingly endless twisting across the Chinese landscape from the here far-distant eastern coast of China. The successive dynasties with a hand in the Wall's construction here have made it so varied that it has become seen as something of a 'Great Wall Museum' for its architecture.

Pleasant visits – for the bustling vibrancy of the mix of minorities as much as for anything else – may be made to Yinchuan, the capital of Ningxia, and the equally-attractive city of Guyuan.


Located at the higher reaches of the famed Yellow River, Gansu borders on Shaanxi to the east, Qinghai to the south, Xinjiang to the west, and Inner Mongolia and Ningxia to the north. Once again, a pivotal area on theSilk Road and bordering on so many different areas hosting so many different ethnic groups, Gansu is as vibrant today for its inhabitants as it is a place to visit for its fascinating past.


See our analysis of this city in the section above dealing with Rats. You'll find yourself in their company this year if they follow our advice, so you may find yourself with a Rat or two as traveling companions if you don't come across any of your fellow Tigers.


The first pass at the western end of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall, Jiayuguan is an ancient military fortification, almost a castle in itself, which has remained wonderfully preserved through the centuries. It is one of the most renowned and picturesque locations along the entire length of the Great Wall, so well worth a visit while you are in the area. The daily demands of such a large garrison led to a town building up around it, and made it a crucial stopping-place for trade for those travelers along the ancient Silk Road. All this adds to the historical interest of the area for the visitor. Particular sites and sights to look out for are the Jiayu Pass, the Wei-Jin Mural Tomb, the first pier of the Great Wall at its westernmost end, the Great Wall Museum and Montenegro Rock.


Ancient and deeply historical, Dunhuang is a city to visit for a glimpse of old Chinese culture. Once again, the Silk Road had a considerable hand in shaping the city's ancient ways, and Dunhuang served as something of a distribution-point for it, the goods transported here radiating out to China's westernmost regions, central Asia and Europe. It was said, therefore, that Dunhuang in ancient times 'belonged to all the world'. Of particular significance, unmissable for the visitor, are the Dunhuang Frescoes; the Mogao Buddhist Grottoes with their rock carvings, a world-heritage site given their importance; and the Yumen and Yang passes, located near the Great Wall itself.

If you want a tour tailored to all of these, we would strongly recommend you consider our Silk Road Adventure Tours.

Places to avoid

With so much to do above, why would you want to visit the far-west and southwest? It's best, then, to stay away from Chongqing, Chengdu, Xi'an, Guizhou, and Yunnan. Save such delights as Kunming, Dali and Lijiang for some year other than 2014; Tigers are well-advised not to venture there for the moment.

Famous People Who Belong to Tiger

Emperor Qin Shihuang (259 BC-210 BC).

Zhang Heng (78 AD-139 AD), an astronomer of the Eastern Han Dynasty.

Wei Yuan (1794-1857), a scholar, thinker and patriot of the Qing Dynasty.

Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925), a proletarian revolutionist, statesman and militarist.

Evander Holyfield, an American professional boxer.

Rasheed Wallace, an American professional basketball player.

Shanghai, the Chinese City Tiger Represent

The commercial heart of China against which even the capital, Beijing, pales by comparison, Shanghai is the Tiger of the East in its coastal position on the banks of the Huangpu River. This immensely favorable location has seen Shanghai able to exploit not only trade routes overseas, but also the reception of goods along the Yangtze River from deep within the heart of China. Indeed, so favored is the location that it has been sought after by foreign powers as a base of operations and so has a rich and varied history unique to China, as well as being a name well-recognized abroad for its historic significance in the cultures of other nations. Such is its commercial importance that it is one of four cities in China that have been granted provincial-level status.

Shanghai is worth wandering, not only for the shopping and the modern wonders that seem to spring from the ground as Shanghai thrusts itself into the twenty-first century, but also for the sites of historical significance in its old quarters, including old colonial buildings and ancient Chinese villages that have been swallowed up as it expands. Amongst the unmissable of its many attractions are the Oriental Pearl Tower, (东方明珠);Chongming Island, (崇明岛); and, not forgetting the shopping opportunities, Nanjing Walking Street (南京路步行街).

The Legend of Tiger

In ancient times, among animal zodiacs, there was a lion but not a tiger. As the lion was too cruel, and his reputation was not good, the Jade Emperor took charge of the animal zodiacs and decided to remove the lion. However, he had to find someone who could manage the mountains. At that time, the Jade Emperor called to mind the tiger guard.

In the past, the tiger guard was just an animal on the earth; he was not famous. He learned a lot like catching, pouncing and biting from the cat, which made him a warrior in the mountain forests. Usually in any contests, his opponents would be hurt or dead. Since then, the tiger had dominated the forests. Later, he was called in to the heavenly palace when the Jade Emperor learned that he was courageous. The tiger won the contest against the guards in the heavenly palace and became the guard responsible for the front door of the heavenly palace.

Soon after, however, birds and animals on the earth began to break the law since there was no one to guard them. The Jade Emperor sent the tiger to the earth and promised to give him credit for each win, as the Jade Emperor wished for a peaceful world on the earth.

The tiger learned that on the earth, the three fiercest animals were the lion, the bear and the horse. With his bravery and skillful Wushu (martial arts), the tiger beat the lion, the bear and the horse one by one. Other evil beasts escaped, hearing the news that the tiger had beaten the lion, bear and horse. They hid in the wild uninhabited forests. People on the earth were moved and thanked the tiger who had contributed so much to them.

Back at the heavenly palace, the Jade Emperor marked three lines on the tiger because of his three feats. Later, the earth was harassed by the East Sea turtle monster, and there was a world of water there. Numerous shrimp and crabs did evil to people on the earth, so the tiger came and killed the turtle monster. The Jade Emperor was so satisfied that he marked another line on the forehead of the tiger to remember his contribution. Thus an eye-catching "王 (wang)" (which means ‘king’) character is now on the forehead of the tiger.

The lion was removed when his notoriety came to the Jade Emperor’s attention and the master tiger was added into the animal zodiac. Since then, the tiger became a member of the zodiac, and the lion was banished to the distant south. Also, the tiger left the heavenly palace and came to the earth to keep it peaceful. Today, there are also talismans like amulets, rings and tiger-shaped carvings, to ward off evil. In rural areas, people also like their children to wear hats or shoes patterned with tigers, hoping that good luck and peace will always be with them.

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