Symbols of the Chinese Zodiac The Chinese Zodiac, is known as Sheng Xiao and is based on a twelve year cycle. Each year in the cycle is represented with an animal sign. The signs and animals in order are the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Each animal sign is said to have their own individual powers. Find your power.