Curious if you’re pregnant with a boy or a girl? There are many fun ways to predict your baby’s gender. One of the most popular old wives’ tale ways is using the Chinese Gender Calendar. This method tries to predict your baby’s gender based on an ancient Chinese gender chart and uses your lunar age and the lunar month you got pregnant to determine baby’s gender.
The History of the Chinese Gender Calendar Chart
We’ve heard several stories about the history of the Chinese Gender Calendar Chart. One legend says the chart is around 700 years old and was found in an ancient royal tomb. Another rumor claims the chart was found in the underground storage room of the Forbidden City of the Ching Dynasty.
The most popular tale is that the chart was created during the Chinese Qing Dynast (1644-1911 A.D.), and it is based on the I Ching, or the “Book of Changes,” and relies upon the Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth), Yin and Yang and the Pa Kua (Eight Trigrams). It’s said that the Chinese Gender Calendar Chart was relied upon by the Qing Dynasty imperial family for the gender selection of sons. It was kept in the palace and was not available to the public. At the end of the Qing dynasty, the military took the chart during the Boxer Rebellion, and the documents were then sent to England.1 They were given to the King and it was translated into English. The chart later appeared in Austria, and when one Chinese scholar saw it, he copied the content, brought it to Taiwan, and published it in the newspaper in 1972.
We looked for facts to find the true history of the Chinese Gender Calendar Chart, and we couldn’t find any hard evidence to support any of these stories. We see this chart as a fun and unfactual way to guess your baby’s gender.
How Accurate is the Chinese Gender Calendar Chart?
The accuracy of the Chinese Gender Calendar Chart is questionable. Some say its accuracy is higher than other gender prediction tools. We’ve read that it is about 70% accurate. Others say it’s 90% accurate. There is no scientific basis for the Chinese Gender Calendar Chart, so the most we can guarantee is 50%. We caution anyone relying on this method to conceive a specific gender. Take this prediction with a grain of salt, and know it’s a 50/50 chance you are carrying either a boy or a girl.
For a more accurate answer, we recommend having an ultrasound or a blood test to determine the baby’s gender.
How Does the Chinese Gender Calendar Chart Work?
This chart predicts your baby’s gender by gathering the mother’s lunar age and the lunar month of conception. Many people think that these charts go by Gregorian or Western calendar dates. However, it’s the lunar dates that make the prediction. However, if you don’t know your lunar dates, don’t worry! We’ve made this Chinese Gender Calendar Chart easy for you. All you have to do is:
- Enter your actual date of birth.
- Enter your month of conception.
- Click “Predict Baby’s Gender.”
With your information, our calculator will convert your dates into lunar dates for you with a final gender prediction. Let’s see what it will be!
I’ve Seen Multiple Gender Charts – Are They All Accurate?
There is only one Chinese Gender Calendar Chart, and it never changes. If you find others elsewhere with different predictions, those predictions are incorrect and must not be using the original Chinese Gender Chart.