Legend says girls born in the Year of the Tiger are 'bad-tempered, wild and unpredictable'
Zhang Chao, 24, administrator
I think women born in the Year of the Tiger are very independent and strong, and seldom ask for help from others.
My grandmother, who will be 72 this year, is a good example of this. She came to Beijing when she was very young and only graduated from primary school. Gradually she learned how to survive in a new environment and found a job in a kindergarten. After years of hard work, she became the director of that kindergarten. I really respect her.
My family is very traditional and I normally wear red socks for every Spring Festival. This year is my animal, so my family will probably arm me with all kinds of red clothes.
Zhang Yanni, 36, saleswoman
I am a hot-tempered woman, just like what people think a tiger woman should be. However, I cannot tell whether it is related to the year of my birth or not. I actually think I get my temper from my mother and she was not born in the Year of the Tiger.
I started to see the effect of my birth animal in my 30s. There was a saying that the animal signs were particularly true for my family and I started to believe in it.
My little sister gave me a red scarf a few days ago to help me escape bad luck in the next lunar year, because in Chinese a sister's scarf is pronounced similar to 'getting rid of difficulties'. I've also bought a red woolen sweater for myself. Red might bring me a bright future in the year of the tiger.
Wang Xiuchun, 72, retired worker
People say women born in the Year of the Tiger are tough and will bring bad luck to their husbands and parents. I have no idea how this saying started and I don't believe it at all. Look at me; my entire life has been great.
I came to Beijing from the countryside in 1956. I couldn't write or read before I came here, but I went to school and studied hard. One year later, I received my primary school certificate and found a job in a factory, which is where I worked until my retirement in 1988.
My daughter bought me a red sweater for the coming year even though I don't believe in it. I hope all my children and grandchildren can come to my birthday party this year because I want to give them all a great treat.
Li Zhenhua, 60, former employee of the Palace Museum
I have heard the old saying that women born in the Year of the Tiger have bad luck, but I never believed it. Though I cannot say my entire life was lucky, I do relate the wonderful life I have now to the bitter times in my early days.
I was born in Beijing. I went to a remote area in Shanxi province in 1968 to aid development in the countryside and mountainous areas. I suffered a lot there and moved back to Beijing in 1987 to take a decent job at the Palace Museum.
Those difficult times taught me well. I learned how to survive and I always worked harder than others.
This year, some of my friends sent me a red belt and a pair of red insoles with hand-made tiger embroidery. I don't think I will wear them because they are so beautiful, but I will add them to my collection.
Zhu Min, 48, civil servant
I don't believe women born in the Year of the Tiger are as fierce as their animal. My classmates are the same age as me and are just as gentle as other women. To believe that people born in the Year of the Tiger have characteristics of the animal is just superstitious.
Though tradition suggests people to be careful when their Zodiac year arrives, I don't think the Year of the Tiger will bring anything bad to me. Nothing special happened in my previous three tiger years. I actually believe it has the potential to be a lucky year because it only comes once every 12 years.
Despite that, I've still prepared a red belt, socks and underwear to match the tradition.