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China Population

China Population China is the most populous country in the world, with 1.25909 billion people at the end of 1999, about 22 percent of the world's total. This figure does not include many Chinese in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, TaiwanProvince and Macao Special Administrative Region.

The population density in China is 130 people per sq km. This population, however, is unevenly distributed. Along the densely populated east coast there are more than 400 people per sq km; in the central areas, over 200; and in the sparsely populated plateaus in the west there are less than 10 people per sq km.

Chinese People When New China was founded in 1949, China had a population of 541.67 million. Owing to China's stable society, rapid production development, improvement of medical and health conditions, insufficient awareness of the importance of population growth control and shortage of experience, the population grew rapidly, reaching 806.71 million in 1969. In the early 1970s, the Chinese government realized that the over-rapid population growth was harmful to economic and social development, and would cause great difficulties in the fields of employment, housing, communications and medical care; and that if China could not effectively check the over-rapid population growth, and alleviate the tremendous pressure that the population growth was exerting on land, forests and water resources, the worsening of the ecology and the environment in the coming decades would be disastrous, thus endangering the necessary conditions for the survival of humanity, and sustainable social and economic development. Then the Chinese government began implementing a family planning, population control and population quality improvement policy in accordance with China's basic conditions of being a large country with a poor economic foundation, a large population and little cultivated land, so as to promote the coordinated development of the economy, society, resources and environment. Since then birth rates have steadily declined year by year. China's birth rate dropped from 34.11 per thousand in 1969 to 15.23 per thousand at the end of 1999; and the natural growth rate decreased from 26.08 per thousand to 8.77 per thousand, thus basically realizing a change in the population reproduction type to one characterized by low-birth, low-death and low-increase rates.

Chinese People Speaking of the population, it is necessary to introduce the unique Chinese horoscope, which is represented by 12 different animals. Every person has his own horoscope. In traditional Chinese culture 12 is an important number when calculating time. There are 12 full moons in a year, the length of time between the full moons are relatively constant. They also observed the day could be divided into 12 equal parts. These observations led to the development of the 12 month lunar year and the 12 watch day. The Chinese began grouping years into a twelve year cycle, assigning each year an animal symbol. Legend has it that Buddha called a meeting of the whole world's animals to determine how to restore order to the world, but only 12 heeded his call and they came to represent the 12-year-cycle, with each presiding over a year in the order they arrived at the meeting. The strong ox was in the lead and only had a river to cross to come in first, but little did he know, the cunning rat hitched a ride on his back and became the first to arrive.


Shier Shengxiao - Chinese Horoscope

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The twelve animals are:rat,ox,tiger,rabbit,dragon,snake,horse,sheep,monkey,rooster,dog and pig.The 12 animals associated with the years can be used to judge a person's character by their bith year.A person born in the year of a particular animal is said to have the traits of that animal.

Rat
Ox
Tiger

Rat (鼠)

Ox (牛)

Tiger (虎)

Rabbit
Dragon
Snake

Rabbit (兔)

Dragon (龙)

Snake (蛇)

Horse
Sheep
Monkey

Horse (马)

Sheep (羊)

Monkey (猴)

Rooster
Dog
Pig

Rooster (鸡)

Dog (狗)

Pig (猪)


RAT - was the first to attend Buddha's meeting, and thus the first animal in the zodiac cycle. Considered aggressive, suspicious, and power-hungry, the Rat also is said to be honest, generous, and have a sense of fair play. Those born under the sign of the Rat play to win, but not at the cost of cheating. Famous "Rats" include William Shakespeare (1564), Truman Capote (1924), and George Washington (1732).

Is the Year of the Rat: 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032, 2044, 2056

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OX - The beast of burden's brute strength characterizes powerful individuals with stubborn, unbending personalities. They are natural born leaders who typically succeed when given the chance. Hitler (1889), Napoleon (1769), and Richard Nixon (1913) were born under the sign of the Ox.

Is the Year of the OX: 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033, 2045, 2057

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TIGER - waltz through life carefree, often exposing themselves to great risk, as was the case of Marilyn Monroe (1926). They are charming, but unpredictable. Karl Marx (1818), Charles de Gaulle (1890), Jiang Zemin (1926) are also Tigers.

Is the Year of the TIGER: 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034, 2046, 2058

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RABBIT - Those born under this sign are not considered risk takers; valuing securityand tranquillity. These people avoid conflict and emotional involvement, oftenmaking them successful business partners. Albert Einstein (1879), Andy Warhol (1928), and Orson Welles (1915) were born under the sign of the Rabbit.

Is the Year of the RABBIT: 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, 2036, 2047, 2059

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DRAGON - One of the more flamboyant signs of the zodiac, Dragons are bossy, loud, garish, and unfaithful, but also popular and successful. They are natural born actors and actresses, like Grace Kelly (1928), and often major political icons, like Napoleon III (1808), and Deng Xiaoping (1904).

Is the Year of the DRAGON: 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036, 2048, 2060

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SNAKE - Chinese mythology's icon for cleverness, snakes are known for abstract thought and idealism. Mao Zedong (1917), Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929), and Bob Dylan (1941) are all Snakes. The Year of the Snake is known for producing many beautiful and famous women, such as Greta Garbo and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929). Daughters born during the Year of the Snake are considered lucky by Chinese families.

Is the Year of the SNAKE: 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 20i5, 2037, 2049, 2061

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HORSE - The Horse is hard-working, and considers him/herself superior to everyone. Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson (1966) proved it when he unified all three boxing championships in 1987. Horses insist on having their way, making them prime political candidates. Nikita Khrushchev (1894) and Leonard Bemstein (1918) are Horses.

Is the Year of the HORSE: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026, 2038, 2050, 2062

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SHEEP - Sheep are considered warmhearted and honest, but disorganized and vulnerable. They do not respond well to pressure, but will find their own natural solution to a problem when given space. Eva Peron (1919) is a Sheep, as is Douglas Fairbanks (1859) and Ike 'Turner (1931).

Is the Year of the SHEEP: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039, 2051, 2063

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MONKEY - Those born in the Year of the Monkey are intelligent and entertaining, but also dangerous, with a flare for deception. They make close friends, although they cannot be trusted. American President Lyndon B. Johnson (1908), Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (1943) and Joan Crawford are famous Monkeys.

Is the Year of the MONKEY: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040, 2052, 2064

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ROOSTER - The cock as an animal and zodiac sign embodies courage, arrogance, and recklessness. People born in the Year of the Rooster are skilled at what they do and attentive to details. Famous roosters include Katharine Hepburn (1909), and Ethel Merman and Groucho Marx (1890).

Is the Year of the ROOSTER: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041, 2053, 2065

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DOG - Dogs are characterized as being quiet but intelligent. They are introverted listeners, dedicated and honest but also cynical and prone to letting their external anxieties get the better of them. Charles Mingus (1922) and James Joyce (1882) were born under the sign of the Dog.

Is the Year of the DOG: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042, 2054, 2066

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PIG - Pigs are honest and reliable. Their thirst for knowledge is unquenchable. Often successful in financial affairs, Pigs are also idealists who sacrifice their lives for good causes. John D Rockefeller (1839) and Albert Schweitzer (1875) were Pigs.

Is the Year of the PIG: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2020, 2031, 2043, 2055

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