January 25 marks the start of the Year of the Rat, according to China’s Lunar New Year calendar. The last time we had a Rat year was in 2008, so inevitably there will be those who wonder: will this year be as disastrous (2008 will forever be remembered for the Global Financial Crisis)?

As per past practice Week in China consulted feng shui masters about what to expect in the year ahead. For those curious about how they will fare individually, check out the forecasts those same masters gave for your individual zodiac sign (to figure out which is relevant to you, cross-reference your year of birth with the relevant zodiac animal below).


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