Your Chinese Zodiac for 2020


As we usher in another prosperous Chinese New Year, we also welcome a new Chinese Zodiac (生肖 – shēngxiào) to the 2020 lunar calendar — the Rat (Shǔ). As the first of the twelve animals in the twelve-year cycle, the Rat represents spirit, wit, alertness, delicacy, flexibility and vitality. In 2020, those born in the year of the Rat may be pleasantly surprised by a promotion, new relationships and some valuable opportunities for upskilling. However, a lack of exercise and a surplus of ‘liquid luck’ could present a slippery slope to health problems…


Not born in the year of the Rat? Here’s what 2020 means for the other eleven zodiacs.

Ox (niú)

1925 1937 1949 1961 1973 1985 1997 2009 2021


Known for being hardworking and reliable, those born in the year of the Ox can be prepared to enjoy a very prosperous year in 2020, particular in the areas of wealth, career and love. More specifically, you can expect to succeed at the office, reap the rewards of a good investment, and even find love.

Tiger (Hǔ)
1926 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998 2010 2022


Touted for their power and independence, those born in the year of the Tiger can strap themselves in for a year of professional and financial success. Career opportunities are on the horizon in the office, while your mother’s side of the family could contribute to a sudden increase in wealth…


Rabbit (Tù)
1927 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999 2011 2023


Renowned for their tenderness and approachability, those born in the year of the Rabbit are in for a relatively smooth year. While all signs point to meeting a smart, capable and caring partner, exercise needs to become a priority if you want to round out the year with not just a loved-up heart, but a strong one.



Dragon (Lónɡ)
1928 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988 2000 2012 2024


Considered natural leaders, those born in the year of the Dragon can look forward to a suite of improvements in the areas of love and work. In particular, you can anticipate a bit of a crawl up the career ladder (particularly if you work in marketing), as well being approached by an intelligent potential partner.

Snake (
1929 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989 2001 2013 2025


Often regarded as cunning and sly, those born in the year of the Snake are also praised for their wisdom and wit. In 2020, you’re set to face pressures from those higher up in the pecking order at work. However, you will use these opportunities to become more calm and intellectual. In even better news, you should also close out the year in great health!


Horse (Mǎ)
1930 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002 2014 2026


Praised for being warmhearted and easygoing, those born in the year of the Horse are in for a rough trot in 2020. More specifically, you’ll experience career difficulties, overworking, unprofitable investments, quarrels at home, and you’ll probably fall victim to a particularly bad cold in the winter months. For this reason, it’s important you remain positive, resilient, well rested and warm during the new calendar year.


Sheep (or Goat or Ram) (Yánɡ)
1931 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003 2015 2027


Considered polite, clever and creative, those born in the year of the Sheep can look forward to some wealth and career wins in 2020. You’ll achieve a lot at work, earn some unexpected cash and even experience good fortune in the love department (if you don’t flaunt your new wealth too much).

Monkey (Hóu)
1932 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004 2016 2028


Known for their enthusiasm, sense of innovation and sociability, those born in the year of the Monkey are set to enjoy some positive personal developments in 2020. While more opportunities may present themselves at work, you can’t let your pride get in the way when dealing with superiors, just us you can’t forget to take time to relax and enjoy the rewards of your blood, sweat and tears.

Rooster (雞Jī)
1933 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005 2017 2029

Touted for their warm-hearted and independent approach to life, those born in the year of the Rooster can look forward to regularly entertaining friends and finding affection in 2020. Unfortunately, particular attention needs to be paid to your health, wavering ambition, and unnecessary spending…

Dog (Gǒu)
1934 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006 2018 2030


Much like western culture, dogs are symbols of loyalty, with those born in the year of the Dog considered to be valiant, responsible, clever and lively. In 2020, those falling under the Dog zodiac sign will experience a smooth transition from 2019, with fortunes expected to be very similar. This includes a great work performance, a stable income, and a good chance of finding love, particularly for all the single fellas.

Pig (猪Zhū)

1935 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007 2019 2031


For those represented by the twelfth zodiac sign — the Pig — 2020 brings these warmhearted and honest folk competition at work, a dip in wealth, and the chance of respiratory problems. However, it’s also looking like 2020 could be the year of love (and even marriage!).


Want to find out more about what’s in-store for you this year? Read your full 2020 zodiac recap at the Travel China Guide website.