) and there will be a leap month after the 12th month in 3358. According to Chinese tradition, the first year of the Yellow Emperor was 2698 B. E., so he introduced a counting system based on this. An alternative system is to start with the first historical record of the 60-day cycle from March 8, 2637 B. In the calendar that the Shang used, the seasons of the year and the phases of the Moon were all supposedly accounted for.
Since the Chinese calendar is an astronomical calendar, predictions require delicate astronomical calculations, so my computations for 3358 should probably be taken with a grain of salt. In China, the calendar was a sacred document, sponsored and promulgated by the reigning monarch.
These words have no English equivalent: Each of the two components is used sequentially.Analysis of surviving astronomical records inscribed on oracle bones reveals a Chinese lunisolar calendar, with intercalation of lunar months, dating back to the Shang dynasty of the fourteenth century B. From the earliest records, the beginning of the year occurred at a New Moon near the winter solstice. E., a calendar reform established the practice, which continues today, of requiring the winter solstice to occur in month 11.