HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR

Wishing your family and friends much luck, prosperity and success throughout the Year of the Dog! From Adrienne and the team at Shanghai Properties xx

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Rental Bargains during Spring Festival Season

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The Spring Festival season in Shanghai brings out the generous spirit of home owners who want to rent out their properties before the end of the year. According to Chinese customs, it is auspicious to finish business transactions before the end of the year so push hard on those negotiations this time of the year and see how low they will go. Landlords also very much appreciate the monies for the Spring Festival Holidays too!! This generous spirit is around for a few weeks so make the most of it!! Good Luck!

 

 

Chinese New Year Animal 2018 – Dog

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A few more sleeps and we will be into a new Lunar Year which encompasses our dearly beloved friend, the Dog.

Each New Year in the Chinese Zodiac, which covers a 12 year cycle, represents one animal for that year. It is believed that each person has the characteristics resembling the animal in the year they were born.

The Lunar New Year (China) can fall between January 21st to February 20th and 2018 Lunar Year will be Friday, 16th February.

So, to all the folk born in the year of the Dog (1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018) this 2018 is a Dog year and it’s YOUR Year!! So, Happy Dog New Year to you all. Woof, woof.

As we all know, a man’s best friend is a Dog. They can understand our needs and emotions and are loyal and devoted.

The Chinese believe Dogs are auspicious animals that bring good luck so best head out and get that Tatts Ticket! And make sure you use the Dog’s Lucky Numbers which are 3, 4 and 9.

Characteristics of Dog

People born in the Year of the Dog are known to be clever, brave, sincere, loyal, responsible, independent, lively and decisive. They are tough and hardy and get on well with others. They also tend to be a bit conservative and stubborn, sensitive and emotional.

Why do the Chinese value dogs?

Stray dogs that approach a house symbolises good fortune to the family.

Dogs are very loyal to their master despite the owner being rich or poor.

Dogs bark to warn people if an intruder is nearby.

The Chinese many years ago would use the number of a dog’s bark to predict good or bad luck.

Dogs were also seen in Chinese mythology, fighting monsters and enemies. Due to this some minorities forbid dog meat to be eaten. (We hope this habit is taken all over China!!)

Chinese New Year Calendar

The Chinese Lunar calendar includes the Chinese zodiac which is a cycle of twelve stations/signs that follow the Sun’s path throughout the Cosmos.
Each new year is marked by the characteristics of one of the 12 zodiac animals: the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig

How were the animals chosen in the Chinese Zodiac?

One of the most popular stories is this one. Long ago in ancient days of China, the Jade Emperor announced 12 animals would join in the Chinese calendar and said he’d select the first 12 that arrive at his gates. Cats in early days were friends with rats and both wanted to join the calendar. The cat was worried he’d sleep in so asked the rat to wake him but the rat forgot to do so, as he was so excited to leave and went alone. The rat met up with the tiger, ox, horse and other larger animals – all much faster than him. He asked the ox for a ride on his back and promised to sing all the way there. However, when the ox arrived first, the rat ran in front of him and was the first animal blessed. Sadly, the selection was over by the time the cat arrived and the cat was very angry. That is why cat’s always run after rats, trying to kill them.

What does your Chinese zodiac sign mean? 

In Chinese astrology, the 12 animal zodiac signs each have unique characteristics. 

  • Rat: Intelligence, adaptability, quick-wit, charm, artistry, greagariousness. 
  • Ox: Loyalty, reliability, thoroughness, strenghth, reasonability, steadiness, determination. 
  • Tiger: Enthusiasm, courage, ambition, leadership, confidence, charisma. 
  • Rabbit: Trustworthyness, empathy, modesyt, diplomacy, sincerity, sociability.
  • Dragon: Luckiness, flexibility, eccentricity, imagination, artistry, spirituality, charisma. 
  • Snake: Philosophical, organised, intelligent, intuitive, elegant, attentive, decisive.
  • Horse: Adaptable, loyal, courageous, ambitious, intelligent,  adventurous, strong.
  • Sheep: Tasteful, crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive, calm.
  • Monkey: Quick-witted, charming, lucky, adaptable, bright, versatile, lively, smart.
  • Rooster: Honest, energetic, intelligent, flamboyant, flexible, diverse, confident.
  • Dog: Loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable, smart.
  • Pig: Honorable, philanthropic, determined, optimistic, sincere, sociable.

The Chinese Zodiac Clock

Few know of this Chinese zodiac animal clock. Have a look at how it works:

The Chinese clock:

  • Rat: 11pm-1am
  • Ox: 1am-3am
  • Tiger: 3am-5am
  • Rabbit: 5am-7am
  • Dragon: 7am-9am
  • Snake: 9am-11am
  • Horse: 11am-1pm
  • Goat: 1pm-3pm
  • Monkey: 3pm-5pm
  • Rooster: 5pm-7pm
  • Dog: 7pm-9pm
  • Pig: 9pm-11pm

Shanghai Chinese New Year 2018

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Shanghai Chinese New Year 2018

For those of you spending your first New Year in China, we hope you enjoy the Spring Festival break and Chinese New Year celebrations. Xin Nian Kuai Le!

If you are looking for some ancient CNY traditions, sadly Shanghai doesn’t have any. As the city was a little fishing port a mere few hundred years ago, Chinese New Year in Shanghai doesn’t have any particular local traditions apart from those carried out all over China. But a visit to the City Temple at Yu Yuan Garden or other temples, are worth a look. Just expect crowds upon crowds. 🙂

Shanghai CNY Festivities

Given CNY in Shanghai is all about dining with Family and Friends, here’s some places offering wonderful New Year dining experiences.

T’ang Court Cantonese New Year dining

http://www.timeoutshanghai.com/event/Restaurants-Chinese_New_Year_dining/51615/Tang-Court-Cantonese-New-Year-dining.html

Chinese New Year at Hakkasan

http://www.timeoutshanghai.com/event/Restaurants-Chinese_New_Year_dining/51733/Chinese-New-Year-at-Hakkasan.html

Chinese New Year Buffet at Cachet

http://www.timeoutshanghai.com/event/Restaurants-Chinese_New_Year_dining/51664/Chinese-New-Year-Buffet-at-Cachet-.html

Hongbao lottery at The Chop Chop Club

http://www.timeoutshanghai.com/event/Restaurants-Chinese_New_Year_dining/51655/Hongbao-lottery-at-The-Chop-Chop-Club.html

New Year Buffet dinner at Camelia

http://www.timeoutshanghai.com/event/Restaurants-Chinese_New_Year_dining/51715/New-Year-Buffet-dinner-at-Camelia.html

Soong Family Buffet at Sasha’s

http://www.timeoutshanghai.com/event/Restaurants-Chinese_New_Year_dining/51669/Soong-Family-Buffet-at-Sashas-.html

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Shang-Xi

http://www.timeoutshanghai.com/event/Restaurants-Chinese_New_Year_dining/51713/Celebrate-Chinese-New-Year-at-Shang-Xi.html

Celebrate Michelin-style at Yi Long Court

http://www.timeoutshanghai.com/event/Restaurants-Chinese_New_Year_dining/51535/Celebrate-Michelin-style-at-Yi-Long-Court.html

Family celebration at Gui Hua Lou

http://www.timeoutshanghai.com/event/Restaurants-Chinese_New_Year_dining/50809/Family-celebration-at-Gui-Hua-Lou.html

Chinese New Year 2018

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Chinese New Year is nearly upon us. Here’s a little snapshot of CNY in case you are wondering what’s going on. 🙂

The Chinese Lunar Year

This ancient calendar dates back as early as 14th century BC. It was used as a social, religious and dynastic guide. Citizens were given time off to honor heavenly gods and household dieties. Also to remember ancestors and come together as a family for feasting.

Since mid 1990’s, the Government has given people seven days off to and this is commonly called Spring Festival.

Chinese New Year or the Lunar New Year starts with a new moon in January or Februaury and lasts 15 days when the full moon arrives and the Lantern Festival finishes the celebrations.

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Decorations are pasted on doorways, firecrackers are set off and people wear red to ward of the evil monster Nian.

Families come together on New Year’s Eve to eat dishes of Dumplings and Fish which are the most important parts of the Chinese New Year dinner, and wish all members luck and prosperity for the New Year. Fish sounds like ABUNDANCE in Chinese which is what they wish for the coming year and Dumplings are shaped as Gold Nuggets so there is a hope for more wealth. Relatives who have died are honoured and the young are gifted with small bright and colourful red envelopes filled with money. These are called “Hong Bao”. In more rural areas families pray for good harvest and enshrine the Kitchen and Gate Gods.

Greetings for CNY

Greetings for Chinese New Year in Shanghai is usually Xin Nian Kuai Le, Xin Nian Hao and Gong Xi Fa Tsai. Chinese will be delighted to hear foreigners wish them New Year Greetings so don’t be shy!!

 

Chinese Zodiac Symbols

Some people say that you are a match based on your personality and life style, while others might believe you may have been destined to be together. Chinese believe that depending on the year that you were born you fall under a certain animal. Each animal has distinct characteristics. This is one of Chinese traditional beliefs.  On this upcoming Chinese New Year, all people born under the year of the Horse should wear all red including underwear to avoid an unlucky year.

History

Chinese Zodiac’s were originally established in the Han Dynasty (206-220) to count years. They watched each animal’s life style and characteristics. They chose the number 12 since; there are 12 time periods in a day, 12 months in a year, and 12 full moons in a year. Each animal is also associated with an earthly branch.

There is a Chinese folk story that explains the order of the animals.  The Jade emperor announced that 12 animals would be selected for calendar signs; the first 12 animals that arrive would be selected. There are multiple versions of the story, a widely believe one is the day before the race, the cat asked the rat to wake him up early to go to the Jade Emperor. The rat forgot to wake up the cat and ran along. While on the path to the Jade Emperor, other animals started to pass up the rat. The rat saw the Ox and asked if the ox could carry him, the condition was that the rat had to sing to the Ox on the way there. While they were arriving at the Jade Emperor’s palace the rat leaped off the Ox’s back to become the first on the list. This story also explains why the cat hates the rat so much.

You can check out which animal you belong to here.

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Below you can check if your animal accurately describes you.

Rat

Strengths – People born during these years are usually smart, wealthy, adaptable and successful.

Weaknesses – These people are usually timid and in the need of courage.  They are not capable of taking a leader position. They are easily guided by their greed and personal interests.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility- Dragon, Monkey, Ox

Avoid – Sheep, Horse, Rabbit

Ox

Strengths- These people are most likely honest, industrious, and cautious. They are strong leaders that have dedication and like to be in charge.

Weaknesses – They are not the most sociable, and are not easily persuaded. They are often very distant.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility – Rat, Snake, Rooster

Avoid – Horse, Dog, Sheep

Tiger

Strengths- They are usually well respected, are able to express themselves, active and love challenges.

Weaknesses- These people are often self-centered, with a short temper and do not look far into the future. They also come in conflict with authorities and seniors.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility – Horse, Dog

Avoid – Snake, Monkey

Rabbit

Strengths – These people are usually very sensitive and compassionate. They also have an extremely strong memory. They are very peaceful and hate arguing.

Weaknesses – People born under the Rabbit lack the ability to think deeply before action. They may also pass up many good opportunities.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility – Sheep, Pig, Dog

Avoid – Rat, Dragon

Dragon

Strengths – People born under the year of the dragon are ambitious, lively, energetic, intelligent and not easily discouraged.

Weaknesses – They can often be arrogant and impatient, and not be able to control their moods.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility – Rat, Monkey, Rooster

Avoid – Ox, Rabbit, Dog

Snake

Strengths- People born under the sign of the snake are usually financially savvy and do not have to worry about money. They are also wise and good tempered.

Weaknesses – They often doubt others, and are very suspicious. They prefer to rely on themselves.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility – Ox, Rooster

Avoid – Pig, Tiger

Horse

Strengths – They have great communication skills and want to be the center of attention. They are cheery and like large groups and entertainment

Weaknesses – These people may often not listen to advice. They are also quickly to jump on the newest trends and lack a deep enjoyment. They are often wasteful and are not able to handle money well.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility- Tiger, Sheep, Dog

Avoid – Rat, Ox, Rabbit

Sheep

Strengths – People born under the sign of the sheep often are clever, kind hearted, and have a deep passion for art and religion.

Weaknesses – These people are often moody and pessimistic. They can also be indecisive and puzzled about life.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility- Rabbit, Horse, Pig

Avoid – Ox, Dog

Monkey

Strengths – People born under the year of the Monkey are quick witted, lively, and excellent problem solvers. Have a strong desire for knowledge and great memories

Weaknesses- They easily feel jealous and suspicious. They also are quick to look down upon others.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility- Rat, Dragon, Snake

Avoid- Tiger, Pig

Rooster

Strengths- People born under the year of the rooster are quick thinkers, honest, warm hearted and capable.  They often have a quick mind and hot temper.

Weaknesses – They are often quick to change passions. They also believe they are always right. Often narrow minded and vain

Zodiac Sign Compatibility- Ox, Dragon, Snake

Avoid- Rat, Rabbit, Dog

Dog

Strengths – People born under the year of the dog are often faithful to their career and love life’s. They are able to keep secrets. They are also very straightforward.

Weaknesses – These people can be sometimes distant and cold. They are also known for their sharp tongues.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility – Tiger, Rabbit, Horse

Avoid- Ox, Dragon, Sheep, Rooster

Pig

Strengths – People born under the pig often have a clam appearance and strong heart. Often honest and frank and are not afraid of difficulties and problems.

Weaknesses – They are too trusting and can easily be tricked.  They are also very impulsive and not able to communicate well with others

Zodiac Sign Compatibility – Sheep, Rabbit

Avoid – Snake, Monkey

Notes

When going out in China, don’t be afraid to ask them what animal they are. 你的属相是什么(Ni de shuxiang shi shenme). It just may help you find your soul mate or avoid someone that you were destined to hate.

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Adrienne Farrelly is one of Shanghai’s most experienced expatriate Property Agents helping expats find new homes since 1994. You can reach her at  +86 13122 810 421 or  manager@shanghaiprops.com. Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties