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Pictographic: hillock

”( qiū, hillock) is an associated compound as well as a self-explanatory character. In oracle bone inspection, it looks like two hillocks standing parallel on the ground. Hence the character means natural mounds. In the small seal script, the two hillocks are higher than in oracle bone inscription. In the standard script, the character is simplified to what it looks like now. Although the shape is no longer suggestive of the original meaning. Its meaning remains unchanged.

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Liu Xiao Ling Tong, “Monkey King”

mei hou wang1mei hou wangLiu Xiao Ling Tong, (literally: “Little Six Year Old Child”),  is a Chinese actor best known for his role as the Monkey King (Sun Wukong) in the television series ‘Journey to the West ’. “Monkey King” appearances  in New York’s Times Square for the new year celebration. He teamed up the “hundred monkey”  showing a wonderful arts Performing.


Fortune in the year of the monkey

Fortune in the year of the monkey


Rat is the first in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac  . The Years of the Rat include 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032…

Rats’ fortunes in 2016 may not be flourishing like before, but there is also no big changes happening to them. They can accomplish their work with high proficiency, and it may bring them promotion or salary increase. What troubles them most is their sensitive and emotional personality, which may result in disputes with people around. Fitness is pleasant, but they should avoid high-risk activities.


Ox is the second in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Ox include 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033…

In 2016, everything will take a turn for the better. As the luck returns, they also become more confident in work, willing to take challenges. With well-off financial status, they are able to live a leisure life and stay at ease. The relationships with peers become harmonious, and they may come across another romantic love affair. As for health condition, they need to pay attention to digestive problems.


Tiger is the third in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Tiger include 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034…

In 2016, they set clear goals to achieve, and their ambitions will be realized as long as more endeavors are devoted. Compared to the last year, they are inclined to be more bold and far-sighted in business investment. Although their income rises stably, the spending problem may occurs, so they need to make detailed budget. Physical condition is favorable, but they should better do more exercises.


Rabbit is the fourth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Rabbit include 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023…

In 2016, their luck keeps pleasant like before. As long as they are confident enough to take challenges and seize chances, their ambitions will be realized easily. Concerning wealth, their stable income can surely support their life, but it may be hard to have savings. Comparing to last year, they may have huger expenditures. When meeting someone they love, they should adopt a more active attitude but not hesitating much.


Dragon is the fifth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Dragon include 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024…

In 2016, everything takes a turn for the better. In career, they are given more opportunities to utilize their talents, and their brilliant performance will help them get promotion. Luck in wealth is also prosperous, and they may attempt to invest in new projects, which may enables them to make a fortune. Interpersonal relationships are also favorable, and there is no big problem in their fitness.


Snake is the sixth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Snake include 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037…

In 2016, their fortune is no longer prosperous like the previous year. Being frustrated in career and wealth, they may go through a hard time in the Year of the Monkey. For bachelors, they get chances to find their true love, while married people may squabble over trifles. However, as long as they still have faith, they can make everything take a turn for upside.


Horse is the seventh in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Horse include 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026…

Generally speaking, 2016 is a stable year for people with Chinese zodiac Horse sign. For career, most of them can find several golden chances to get achievements. However, they should avoid frequent investments. They also have high possibility of obtaining harmonious love life as long as they pay more patience. About health, they can have more physical exercises to enhance self-immunity.


Sheep / Goat is the eighth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Sheep include 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039, 2051…

In 2016, they will have a changeable fortune. They are advised to catch development opportunities on time. Try to avoid investing money on unfamiliar fields. Sometimes other people’s suggestions are also important. Notably, they need to pay much attention to health in order to defeat small diseases. Add more outdoor activities to release pressure from work.


Monkey is the ninth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Monkey include 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028…

2016 is the Zodiac Year of Birth (Ben Ming Nian) for them. Their overall fortune might not be smooth in the whole year. As for career, there will have many challenges. Although they have practical goals, they may finally get nothing. They also need to be cautious about cooperation and investment. Don’t trust other people easily. Besides, it is advised to keep a serious attitude towards conflicts in love life. Balanced lifestyle will improve their health conditions a lot. Meanwhile, they need to find suitable ways to release pressure.


Rooster is the tenth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Rooster include 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029…

Detailed predictions show that people with Chinese zodiac Rooster sign will have a relatively good year in 2016. Their fortune in all aspects is declining slightly compared with 2015, but still not bad. They should be prepared to experience some changes in work, like job promotion or transfer. The relationships with their beloved may not be very stable. Due to fluctuations in emotion, they may suffer from sleeplessness.


Dog is the eleventh in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Dog include 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042…

Entering 2016, they will be always surrounded by good luck. Their luck prediction is wonderful, except that they may have some conflicts with their partners. They should keep an eye on the health conditions of their families and themselves. A thorough physical examination is a good choice. If there is any health problem, please go and see the doctor as soon as possible. Avoid taking part in dangerous outdoor activities to prevent potential accidents.


Pig is the twelfth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Pig include 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043…

According to Chinese zodiac prediction, their fortune in 2016 is much better than last year. Their job and wealth are good because of their constant efforts. They can catch the golden chances to develop their career. In addition, they will meet lucky stars who can always provide much help. However, Pig people need to pay much attention to their health. Enough exercises and a regular timetable can help them improve the self immunity.



Biting the spring

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February 4 marks the beginning of the period lichun, which is the beginning of spring in the Chinese lunar calendar. That day, there are many regions following the custom of eating spring rolls, pancakes and spring radishes. This custom is called 咬春yǎo chūn, yao chun;  which literally means “biting the spring.”


Translated by Rapidmandarin