The Chinese Sexagenary Cycle

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The Chinese sexagenary cycle is used to record the Chinese calendar. The inner ring has 10 elements (heaven stems) and the outer ring has 12 elements (earth branches), which represents the Chinese zodiac. Every year the inner ring and outer ring rotate one step clockwise, for a total of 60 combinations.

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This Demonstration lets you easily find the stems-and-branches name in the Chinese zodiac given the Gregorian year.

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Contributed by: Frederick Wu (May 2012)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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For more information about the sexagenary cycle, see the Wikipedia entry. Images are from Unicode (U+1F400 to U+1F416).



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