Throughout the history of China, the Chinese prefer baby boy. The reason is simple – males are stronger than females on average, at least physically!

China is an agricultural country traditionally. In ancient Chinese society, more boys meant they could help their families to do more heavy duties at the farm. As a result, they could make more money. Girls, on the other hand, should stay at home until they reached sixteen or seventeen, during which time they were little more than an expense. They were then taken to their husbands’ home and their own families had no further control their life or conduct. This through many years and centuries has generated in the popular mind a feeling that it is “bad business raising girls for other people.”

Chinese nobles in the Qing Dynasty
Chinese nobles in the Qing Dynasty

The ancient Chinese Gender Chart is used to predict and select the sex of baby. According to legend, the chart was invented at the beginning of the Qing dynasty (1644~1912), with the help of I Ching (易經) which includes the Yin and Yang, the Five Elements and the Eight Trigrams. The fact that the chart was found at the tomb of an emperor in the last century did not really surprise historians, as gender selection for sons were extremely important for the ancient Chinese emperors.

The original copy is now in the Institute of Science in Beijing, and because of its high accuracy, it is getting more attention from both the western and eastern world.

It is said that this Chinese gender prediction chart has a history of over three hundred years. It was kept in custody by dedicated eunuchs in the Qing palace and was not showcased to others. This chart is derived from I Ching and time projections, and exclusively created and proven effective for the imperial family to pray in getting baby boys. During the Boxers Rebellion towards the end of Qing Dynasty, most of the empire’s exotic treasures were looted. This chart was brought to England, in which the King had it translated and treasured it so much that it was not seen easily by others. Later, the chart made its way to Austria to the hands of a professor. After which it was only when a Chinese scholar visited the professor and studied the chart in detail, he finally brought this chart back to its homeland.