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May 6, 2010


Zheng, Hesheng 鄭鶴聲. Jindai Zhongxi shiri duizhaobiao. 近代中西史日對照表. Taibei: Guoli bianyi guan, 1966. (Original edition, 1936. A new PRC reprint also exists.)

This is the indispensable reference for conversion between Chinese and Western dates between 1516 (the beginning of direct maritime contact with the West) and 1941. Also includes a separate section on the Taiping calendar. For each day in this period, the Chinese date, Western date, day of the week, and stem-branch date (as is used in the Shilu) are indicated. The twenty-four seasonal solar dates are also indicated.

Hours of Day

The following table indicates the twelve periods into which the Chinese day was divided:

子 11 p.m.–1 a.m.

丑 1–3 a.m.

寅 3–5 a.m.

卯 5–7 a.m.

辰 7–9 a.m.

巳 9–11 a.m.

午 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

未 1–3 p.m.

申 3–5 p.m.

酉 5–7 p.m.

戌 7–9 p.m.

亥 9–11 p.m.

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