The Chinese believe that the first king of China was the Yellow King (however he was not the first Emperor of China).
The Yellow King became king in 2697 B.C. therefore China will enter the 4707th year on 14th February 2010.
The Chinese Year uses the cycle of 60 Stem-Branch counting system, and the Metal Tiger is the 27th Stem-Branch in the cycle. Since, (60 x 78) + 27 = 4707, therefore 2010 is the Metal Tiger year, which is the 4707th Chinese Year.
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| Gānzhī |
| Year of the |
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Some folks may insist that the year 2010 is the 4708th Chinese year.
This is a possible explanation as to why this is:
The Yellow King's inauguration was held in the spring of 2697 B.C.
The day which was used as the first day of the year was the Winter Solstice, which was around 23rd December 2698 B.C. Today's New Year’s Day on 1st January was unknown at the time of the Yellow King.
If we were to count those extra eight days in 2698 B.C., then year 2010 is the 4708th Chinese year.
2010 is the year of Tiger.
Some people say 2010 is a Golden Tiger, White Tiger or Metal Tiger year.
HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE
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Gong Xi Fa Chai
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