A story in Mandarin: The zodiac animals
Find out how the Jade Emperor selected the twelve zodiac animals.
The Jade Emperor needed to choose an animal (
All of the animals raced across a river (
The cat (
The rat pushed the cat into the river and jumped ahead of the ox, taking first place.
The ox came second and the cat didn't make it - the cat has been enemies with the rat ever since.
After swimming against the strong current, the tiger (
The rabbit (
The dragon (
The horse (
The snake took sixth place and the horse took seventh.
The sheep (
The monkey and the rooster let the sheep go ahead of them because of his excellent plan.
The sheep came eighth, with the monkey ninth and the rooster tenth.
The dog (
The pig (
Key Mandarin words