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The 12 Zodiac Symbols
Written in Chinese

Finds out what are the Chinese characters
for the Chinese zodiac animals!

chinese zodiac dragon

First, a little story behind the Zodiac Symbols Written in Chinese...

An ancient Chinese legend has it that long ago, during Chinese New Year, Buddha himself called the animals of creation. He promised each of them a reward, on the condition that they would pay him a visit.

Only twelve animals went to the meeting. They appeared in the following order: the rat, the ox, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the sheep, the monkey, the rooster, the dog, and the pig. Buddha then offered each of the 12 animals a year that would bear its name in the order of its arrival to the gathering. They became the 12 Chinese zodiac animals!

The Chinese have astrological signs which, instead of depending on the sun like the western zodiac signs, depend on the moon. The Chinese zodiac has 12 cycles. The 12 cycles represent 12 years, not 12 months like the western astrological system.

Each year of this cycle is represented by a Chinese zodiac animal and this animal has an influence on the destiny and the character of the people born during that year.

Here are the 12 zodiac symbols written in Chinese:

Chinese symbol for RAT

chinese symbol for zodiac rat

Chinese symbol for OX

chinese symbol for zodiac ox

Chinese symbol for TIGER

chinese symbol for zodiac tiger

Chinese symbol for RABBIT

chinese symbol for zodiac rabbit

Chinese symbol for DRAGON

chinese symbol for zodiac dragon

Chinese symbol for SNAKE

chinese symbol for zodiac snake

Chinese symbol for HORSE

chinese symbol for zodiac horse

Chinese symbol for SHEEP

chinese symbol for zodiac sheep

Chinese symbol for MONKEY

chinese symbol for zodiac monkey

Chinese symbol for ROOSTER

chinese symbol for zodiac rooster

Chinese symbol for DOG

chinese symbol for zodiac dog

Chinese symbol for PIG

chinese symbol for zodiac pig

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