Chinese Hour or Shi Shen

One Western hour is 60 mins long. One Chinese hour (also known as a Shi Shen) is however 120 mins long. There are therefore 12 Chinese hours or Shi Shen in one day as oppose to 24 Western hours in a day.

Each Shi Shen is given a name and is associated with an animal sign. The 12 Shi Shen’s are:-

Shi Shen Time Animal Sign
Zi 11:00 PM to 01:00 AM Rat
Chou 01:00 AM to 03:00 AM Ox
Yin 03:00 AM to 05:00 AM Tiger
Mao 05:00 AM to 07:00 AM Rabbit
Chen 07:00 AM to 09:00 AM Dragon
Si 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM Snake
Wu 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM Horse
Wei 01:00 AM to 03:00 PM Goat
Shen 03:00 AM to 05:00 PM Monkey
You 05:00 AM to 07:00 PM Rooster
Xu 07:00 AM to 09:00 PM Dog
Hai 09:00 AM to 11:00 PM Pig

For example, the time period between 11 PM and 1 AM is known as the “Zi” Shi Shen or “Rat” hour.

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In the olden days executions were normally carried out during the “Wu” hour between 11 AM and 1 PM when the yang energy is the strongest, and able to ward away any yin energy.

Making an appointment to meet is however very tricky. Let’s say we make an appointment to meet at the “Xu” Shi or hour. It is a 120 mins window! Should I arrive at 7 PM, 8 PM or 9 PM. Or 7:30 PM or 8:15 PM. All of them are technically within the “Xu” hour window!

2 thoughts on “Chinese Hour or Shi Shen

  1. tang yoke wah

    master Fong, I wish to find out from u that if a person born in Zi shi ie 11.00 pm to 1.00 am .
    Is there any different on 2 person destiny (same sex ) ie 1 born at 11.15 pm & the other at 12.45 pm. ?
    就是说, 一人生于时辰头, 另一人生时辰重中或尾会有分别吗 ?
    Thank you
    Tang yw

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tang,

      I would take it as the same. Although some practitioners uses the concept of early and late rat (11 pm to midnight and midnight to 1 am).

      It is important to remember that two person’s born on the same date and time, is likely to have parents and siblings and later spouse and children of different zodiac zodiac sign. The different animal signs will influence person with the same birth chart differently. In addition, there will live in houses with different facing direction, layout and surrounding features. Then there is the issue of opportunities.

      Therefore two person’s with strong wealth luck can achieve different levels of wealth, depending on whether the above factors influence him or her positively or negatively.


      Henry Fong


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