The year of the tiger officially begins on February 1, 2022. According to the Chinese horoscope, the big cat stands for courage, adventure, optimism, assertiveness and willingness to take risks. The element of water, which is a symbol of purification, can also be clearly felt in the new year. "Juan" means graceful and beautiful in Chinese. The tiger more than lives up to this description. The total number of Bengal tigers (regardless of colour) living in the wild today is less than 2000. In comparison, their number was estimated at 40000 around 1930. The stock was decimated by hunters, lack of food and clearing of the forests.