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Year of the Tiger — Chinese Zodiac

Get to Know the Year of the Tiger

  • Chinese: 虎 hǔ ‘tiger’
  • Personality: adventurous, candid, independent, passionate
  • Tiger years: …1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022…

Ranking third among the 12-year animal signs, the “Tiger” can be said to be the best-loved image in the Chinese zodiac. The order of the 12 signs is Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

Note that each of the signs is related to the Chinese lunar calendar. The Year of the Tiger does not start from January 1st, for the lunar calendar is different from the Western Gregorian calendar.

Tigers' Lucky Things

Tigers’ Unlucky Things

  • Unlucky umbers: 6,7,8
  • Unlucky colors: gold, silver, brown, black
  • Unlucky partners: Ox, Snake, or Monkey

Personality – Adventurous, Independent, Stubborn…

Positive: People who were born in a Tiger year share personality-traits with tigers, inhabiting wide open spaces. They are mostly active, and full of valor and vigor.

They usually act decisively but cautiously. In the face of setbacks, resistance or failure, they make prompt decisions and are willing to start from scratch until they succeed.

With great ambition and unusual spirit of adventure, the talented Tigers want to open up their own fields and will not stay for a long time in a small and unpleasant workplace. In their careers, they prefer large companies so they can show off their abilities and gain promotion more easily.

Negative: With high self-esteem, they often act independently, ignoring colleagues and looking down on them. Though loyal to friends, they are sometimes too blunt, not sophisticated enough, as they stubbornly and arbitrarily cling to their own plans.

The Most Famous Chinese Person Born in a Tiger Year

The First Emperor of Qin (Qin Shi Huang, 259-210 BC) was the founder of the Qin dynasty. Born Ying Zheng (嬴政) and also known as King Zheng of Qin (秦王政), he was born a prince of the state of Qin and became China’s first emperor after the Qin conquered the other six Warring States. He eventually unified China in 221 BC.

Qin Shi Huang ruled as the First Emperor (始皇帝) of the Qin dynasty from 220 to 210 BC. The title “emperor” (皇帝) he gave himself was borne by Chinese rulers for the next two millennia.

During Qin’s reign, his generals greatly expanded the size of the Chinese state. His public work projects included the Great Wall of China and a massive new national road system, as well as the city-sized mausoleum guarded by the life-sized Terracotta Army.

Qin Shi Huang was an epoch-making figure in Chinese history. His founding of the Qin Dynasty exerted a profound influence on the history of both China and the world, setting the basic pattern of China’s political system for more than 2,000 years.


Let’s see the forecasts for Tigers in 2019.

Forecasts for Tigers in 2019


Career: ★★★☆☆

Tigers’ careers will move steadily upwards in 2019. They need to do their own work well, being neither opportunistic nor involved in workplace struggles.

They can expect to be promoted, if they keep a proactive attitude at work. It’s not a good year for them to make a big career change. Any plans for job-hopping or adventure should wait until next year.

Finance: ★★★★☆

This year the Tigers’ wealth mainly comes from their careers. So concentrating on their jobs and trying to make breakthroughs at work can be the best strategy. Business people should not be too aggressive or anxious to broaden their business scope. Any risky investment should be avoided.

Health: ★★★☆☆

There will be some stress for Tigers this year, leading to mood swings and risk to internal organs.

Under the pressure of work they will indulge in flights of fancy, affecting their sleep. It will help if they travel on trips with their families and listen to some light music. The major issue they need to pay attention to is transportation.

Love and relationships: ★★★☆☆

Single Tigers will devote most of their energy to their careers. Finding the right partner this year may be difficult.

Those who are already attached might not care enough for the other half, because of work. As a consequence, there will be continuous friction, suspicion, quarrels and alienation between them. Through talking to their partners and sharing their thoughts more often, things will improve.



1st month (February 5th – March 6th, 2019) Financial loss
In the first lunar month of 2019, the luck of Tigers will not be so good. There’s a high chance they may suffer financial loss in this month. They should be clear where and how to spend their money.

Their friendships may be closer and they may meet some helpful new friends. They should take care to distinguish between real and insincere friends.

2nd month (March 7th – April 4th, 2019) Bonuses or dividends or promotion
This month’s luck will be better than last month’s, especially in finance. Tigers may receive bonuses or dividends or promotion. They can try to invest to help themselves improve their income. Tigers unfamiliar with investment can turn to reliable people for help.

3rd month (April 5th – May 4th, 2019) Unexpected high income
The fortune of Tigers in this month will be very good. If they have previously invested, they will earn some unexpected high income. They can buy lottery tickets, since they will have a great chance to win; if they don’t win, their good luck will come afterwards.

But Tigers’ shouldn’t indulge themselves. On the emotional front, they may give up some like-minded friends; maybe their old friends will contact them and share some good opportunities and investment projects.

4th month (May 5th – June 2th, 2019) Unexpected income
Tigers will continue to enjoy last month’s very good luck. If they have any investments, there will be some unexpected income to bolster their savings. They may also have some good opportunities to improve their work or study.

Those who are still single should try to take advantage of this good time to find their other halves; for those who are not single, their better halves will bring them a lot of surprises. Just look forward to it, Tigers!

5th month (June 3rd – July 2nd, 2019) Pretty unlucky
Tigers are not likely to be lucky this month. Those wanting to continue investing should be cautious because they will be pretty unlucky this month. They may lose some money or be deceived. They must be more careful so as to avoid unnecessary losses.

Some villains will be hanging around during this month, so Tigers should make friends with great caution.

6th month (July 3rd – July 31st, 2019) Minor setbacks
Tigers’ fortune will be better this month, but they shouldn’t invest in a hurry, so as not to be cheated by others. It’s better to be on the safe side and not do anything they consider risky, such as high-risk investment or joining with friends in some new venture.

Tigers will have some minor setbacks but it doesn’t matter, as long as they take a relaxed approach.

7th month August 1st – August 29th, 2019) Small problems with health
Fortune will decline in this month, but it will not influence Tigers’ wealth. They should still beware of taking unnecessary risks.

Tigers must realize there may be somesmall problems with their health. They should take some time to rest from their busy work, or do some physical therapy if necessary.

Single people may be frustrated this month; those who are attached may have some minor quarrels with their partners.

8th month (August 30th – September 28th, 2019) Some losses

The fortune in Tigers’ relationships this month is not bad. They get back on the same page with their other halves after experiencing emotional ups and downs. They should then seize the opportunity to lock firmly each other’s hearts and not let the other halves be disappointed.

In this month Tigers may suffer some losses. They must withdraw their money, if their investments are losing out.

9th month (September 29th – October 27th, 2019) Work performance
Tigers may feel it incredible that compared with the previous two months, their fortunes are reversed in this month. Single Tigers may receive serious attention from prospective partners, which will feel like sudden and very rare good fortune.

Their work performancewill significantly improve and this will beappreciated by their leadership.

10th month (October 28th – November 25th, 2019) Hard working
The good luck of the previous month will continue. Tigers must find extra time to work hard if they want to make progress in their job. Doing so will definitely witness some gratifying results. Friends will help out, but they will have to work harder by themselves.

11th month (November 26th – November 25th, 2019) Negligence
The situation in the first half of this month will be very smooth, financially and emotionally.

But things will change in the second half: on the wealth front, Tigers may be cheated; on the emotional front, there will be some negligence towards relationships because of work. Tigers shouldn’t break contacts with friends, but should try to visit them more in their spare time.

12th month (November 26th – January 24th, 2020) Extra money
Tigers’ fortunes will improve and they’ll get some extra money in this month, allowing them to relax towards the end of the year. But they shouldn’t reveal their wealth, so as not to be targeted by others. Emotionally, they should watch out for opponents, who may sow dissension among their friends.


Types of Tiger — Five Elements and Years

Years sharing the same animal sign and element repeat every 60 years. The five elements are Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth. It is said that birth animal signs and elements decide people's characteristics.


Year of Birth


Wood Tiger

1914, 1947

Sympathetic, opinionated, and reliable

Fire Tiger

1926, 1986

Clever, strong-willed, and serious-minded

Earth Tiger

1938, 1998

Proud, confident, and ambitious

Metal Tiger

1950, 2010

Peaceful, caring much for family;
passionate (females), indecisive and feminized (males)

Water Tiger

1902, 1962

Curious, with high independence, self-esteem and learning ability


Greetings for a Tiger Year

  • Good luck for this Tiger year. 虎年大吉  hǔ nián dà jí
  • May you be as lucky as a Tiger, year after year. 虎运连年  hǔ yùn lián nián
  • May you enjoy success in your career this Tiger year. 祝你虎年前程似锦。

Zhù nǐ hu nián qián chéng sì jǐn.

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Some Famous People Born in a Year of the Tiger

Born in 1866

Sun Yat-sen (the first president and founding father of the Republic of China)

Born in 1866

Romain Rolland

Born in 1854

Oscar Wilde

Born in 1890

Norman Bethune

Born in 1890

Charles De Gaulle

Born in 1926

Jiang Zemin (Prisident of PRC 1993-2003)

Born in 1926

Queen Elizabeth II

Born in 1951

Zhang Yimou (Chinese director)

Born in 1986

Lady Gaga

Some other celebrities

Ho Chi Minh, Fidel Castro, Masatoshi Koshiba, Tom Cruise, Jim Carrey, Emmy Rossum, Richard Branson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Demi Moore.


Which Chinese Zodiac Sign Are You?


2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960


2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961


2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962


2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963


2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964


2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965


2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966


2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967


2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968


2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969


2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970


2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971

NB: The years above are Chinese calendar years, starting at Chinese New Year.

Introduction to the 12 Animals

We list all the 12 zodiac animals with detailed information, if you want to check out the animal sign that your parents or your kids belong to:

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