Why Rat and Cat are Great Enemies: The 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals

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Animals are smart and clever. They also feel pains that sometimes push them to hurt others.

US President Richard Nixon Visited China

History tells that the first president who visited the People's Republic of China was the former President Richard Nixon in 1972. His visit was believed as an important step in formally normalizing relations between the United States and the People's Republic of China. It marked the first time a U.S. president had visited the PRC, who at that time considered the U.S. one of its staunchest foes. The visit has become a metaphor for an unexpected or uncharacteristic action by a politician.

President Nixon held many meetings with Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai during the trip, which included visits to the Great Wall, Hangzhou, and Shanghai. At the conclusion of his trip, the United States and the PRC Governments issued the Shanghai Communiqué, a statement of their foreign policy views and a document that has remained the basis of Sino-American bilateral relations.

President Nixon's Riddle

It was believed that when President Nixon arrived in China, he met a certain man Mr. Yu - a smart and clever person. The president asked the man the riddle said, "There are 12 items you can give to 1.2 billion Chinese. Do you know what they are?"

Mr. Yu immediately answered, "Yes. They are the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals Mr. President, Sir ." And he named them one by one:

Mr. Yu gave a perfect and very correct answer because those 1.2 billion Chinese in that time were all born under the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals. I decided not to give the identity for each animals instead, I just included the links leading to the site where I got the information.

The Reason Why Cat and Rat are Great Enemies

Here I used the three version of stories why the two had become enemies. Also those stories will answer why the Rat had become the first animal in the Chinese Zodiac.

First version of the story was said: Cat and Rat were the worst swimmers in the animal kingdom. Although they were poor swimmers, they were both quite intelligent. To get to the meeting called by the Jade Emperor, they had to cross a river to reach the meeting place. The Jade Emperor had also decreed that the years on the calendar would be named for each animal as they arrived to the meeting. Cat and Rat decided that the best and fastest way to cross the river was to hop on the back of Ox. Ox, being naïve and good-natured, agreed to carry them both across. Midway across the river, Rat pushed Cat into the water. Then as Ox neared the other side of the river, Rat jumped ahead and reached the shore first. So he claimed first place in the competition and the zodiac.

Second Version of The Story How The Rat Claimed The First Place

During the registration day, Rat met up with the Ox. He thought to himself "Ox is the fastest, strongest animal!" So the little Rat played a trick on the Ox. He asked the Ox if he would like to listen to him sing. The Rat opened his mouth but said nothing. "How was that?" he asked the Ox and of course he replied "Sorry little Rat, I didn't hear you." The Rat told the Ox to let him jump onto his back so that he could sing it more clearly, and the Ox agreed. Soon without knowing, the Ox was walking to the signing post, forgetting the Rat on his back. When they reached there, the Rat jumped off and claimed first place. The Ox following and the rest.

Third Version of The Story Why The Rat and Cat Had Become Enemies

God called the animals to a banquet that night. The Rat, who loved to play tricks on his neighbor, told the cat that the banquet was on the day after tomorrow. The Cat believed his neighbor the Rat and slept whilst dreaming of the banquet. The next day, the rat arrived first followed by the ox, the tiger and the rest of the animals. The order of the animals was decided by the order that they arrived. The Cat was devastated and vowed that he would always hate the Rat. Those were the reasons: First the Rat pushed the Cat into the river, second the Rat lied.

How to Say Happy New Year in Chinese

I quoted them from yahoo answer such as:

  • Xin Nian Kuai Le, 新年快乐 (Standard Mandarin - the most widely used by Chinese)

  • Gong Hei Fard Choy, 恭喜发财 (Cantonese - Mainly Hong Kong and Macau)

  • Xing Ni Ju Yi, 新年如意 (Teochew/ Hokkien - Mainly in South East Asia and Taiwan)

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
22nd Jan 2012 (#)

A very excellent read. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
22nd Jan 2012 (#)

Oh, such a fabulous post with fascinating storylines. I loved this. My chinese sign is the TIGER. Grrrrr.

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author avatar Jules Castillo
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

Great article. very timely and interesting as it's written differently.

@ ms shiela, my sign is TIGER too....

now i wanna write the FOurth Version of the Story: Tom and Jerry...

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author avatar Buzz
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

Very interesting story of Tom and Jerry, my friend.:D

I'm a sheep in the Chinese zodiac. As spelt in the Philippines: Kung Hei Fat Choi!

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author avatar Delicia Powers
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

Very enjoyable information, thanks ppruel...

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