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Chinese Zodiac

Timekeeping in Ancient China

The time system used in Why Harem Intrigue is the 时-刻 system where time is divided into roughly two-hour intervals called 时辰 (shíchén) and quarter-hour units called 刻 (kè). Each 时辰 corresponds to one of the twelve Earthly Branches and one animal of the Chinese zodiac. Here are my interpretations of the meanings behind each hour.
Cultural Notes
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