2016 marks the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese calendar. As you look at auspicious dates for your big decisions this year, we’ve put together this Zodiac Vacation Guide based on the Chinese horoscope to show you which direction to travel for prosperity this year. Fengshui Master Goh Guan Leong, with his trusty bagua and almanac, advises where each of the Chinese zodiac signs should plan their vacation their year, including how far you should travel and the top destinations to visit for good fengshui for your sign.
Here’s Expedia’s Zodiac Vacation Guide advising where each zodiac sign of the Chinese horoscope should go in the year of the auspicious Fire Monkey, 2016, plus some really handy advice.
Chinese Zodiac Vacation Guide 2016
Shop and Hoarde: Rats
Short/Medium Haul: South Korea
Seoul is an absolute must-do for the active Rat. Rats are hoarders among the Chinese Zodiac animals, and will gravitate towards Insa-dong shopping street and its treasure trove of souvenir and antique stores. Visiting the DMZ or demilitarised zone will probably appeal to Rats too, satiating their innate curiosity about the world.
Long Haul: New York, USA
The Big Apple‘s bright lights, fantastic shopping, tantalising and diverse restaurant scene as well as its unbeatable collection of world-class attractions makes it a fitting destination for the outgoing and flamboyant Rat.
Your 2016 Chinese horoscopes shows you should say yes to business travel this year; it will open up opportunities for career progression.
Tranquil Vacation: Ox
Short/Medium Haul: Hong Kong
By all means, stay in the frenetic ramparts of Hong Kong’s Kowloon and Central to take advantage of its excellent shopping and dining opportunities. But do not miss out on travelling to the neighbouring isles of Cheung Chau Island and New Lantau Island, which are much more tranquil and which will definitely appeal more to peace-loving Oxen.
Long Haul: Tasmania, Australia
Long hikes through Tasmania‘s verdant national parks are sure to keep Oxen happy. For something more contemplative, head down to Hobart’s controversial MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) to view bold contemporary art pieces.
The Chinese horoscope says the Ox zodiac sign should make time for trips as a couple to keep the flames of love burning.
Roar About Turkey: Tigers
Long Haul: Istanbul, Turkey
Competitive Tigers love exotic destinations that will earn them bragging rights. Istanbul, with its ancient streets and UNESCO-listed sites including the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia as well as its sultry souks, definitely fits the bill.
Tigers should travel far and wide and try to fit business trips in where you can to improve your career prospects, according to the Chinese horoscope travel guide.
Hop to the City: Rabbits
Short/Medium Haul: India
Rabbits are culture vultures, and mystical India will definitely play to their personality. Rabbits should hop to New Delhi first, before embarking on the classic Jaipur-Agra Golden Triangle route which passes the iconic Taj Mahal as well as the foreboding Amber Fort.
Long Haul: Bulgaria
Historically a melting pot of cultures, Bulgaria has a long tradition of religious art and is awash with ancient Greek ruins – which are sure to interest highly cultured Rabbits.
Tip: Rabbits should make sure you travel at least once this year to improve your luck.
Fiery Adventures: Dragon
Short/Medium Haul: Beijing, China
China’s capital Beijing is a hotbed of energy crammed with colossal attractions which are sure to please the adventure-loving Dragon. There are six UNESCO sites in this city, including the magnificent Forbidden City and the awe-inspiring Great Wall.
Long Haul: France
Beautiful and romantic Paris with its rococo edifices, high-brow galleries and stylish cafes will melt the Dragon’s tough veneer. Out of Paris, explore fine wines in Burgundy or gourmet delights in Lyon. Head south to laze on the beaches of the French Riviera or explore Provence, the birthplace of French impressionism.
Tip: Enhance your creativity by travelling, but do make sure you avoid risky activities this year of the Monkey.
Snake Along the Luxury Trail: Snakes
Short/Medium Haul: Macau
Macau‘s plush hotels and ostentatious casinos are sure to slither right into the luxury-loving Snake’s travel plans.
Long Haul: Italy
With a horde of designer shops in every city, as well as over-the-top five-star hotels, Italy is a natural choice for the chic and stylish Snake. Italy’s capital of fashion Milan alongside Venice, with its fine artisanal goods such as handmade Murano glass and hand-sewn Burano lace, are sure to be your favourite stops.
Tip: Our Chinese horoscope travel guide says snakes should improve your networking skills by travelling, and you will see some progress up the career ladder.
Horsing Around at Home: Horses
Short/Medium Haul: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Horses won’t have to gallop too far out this year. Kuala Lumpur with its lively nightlife, great shopping and delicious street food are sure to go down a treat with energetic and fun-loving Horses.
Tip: Travel to search for property to purchase, but be sure to read the fine print before parting with your cash, horses!
Goat-Getter Jet Setter: Goats
Long Haul: Moscow, Russia
Goats, who are partial to the finer things in life, should head off to Moscow, a destination chock-full of elegant artistry. Catch a performance of the Bolshoi Ballet, admire the grand spires of St Basil’s Cathedral or explore the notorious monuments from the Communist era, notably the Kremlin and Red Square.
Tip: The Chinese horoscope points goats towards travel for romance, but beware of health hazards while abroad.
Monkeying Around in Vietnam: Monkeys
Short/Medium Haul: Vietnam
Cheeky Monkeys need to swing up to Vietnam. Start up north in old-world Hanoi before exploring sublime Halong Bay. Next, head down to Hue to view its astounding cache of ancient monuments. Finally, travel south to end up in Ho Chi Minh City to see the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels and the mausoleum holding the well-preserved remains of the city’s namesake.
Tip: Make sure you travel regularly to relax and unwind. Avoid extreme sports.
Fly the Coop: Rooster
Short/Medium Haul: Thailand
Fly from the coop to the Land of Smiles and enjoy all that it has to offer – from pristine white beaches, cooling mountain retreats, right to the bold streets of Bangkok, with its posh restaurants and bars, plush hotels, glitzy shopping malls and tempting street food.
Long Haul: Austria
Austria, with its snow-capped mountains, quaint cobbled-stoned cities and grand vistas will sit well with showy Roosters.
Tip: Travel is a must this year if you want to improve your career prospects.
The Trek Pack: Dogs
Short/Medium Haul: Nepal
The Chinese horoscope advises those with the dog zodiac sign to make a beeline for Nepal, the land of snow peaks and Sherpas, to hike the Himalayas and to find some much-needed Zen. Dogs love being part of a pack, so they should venture out with friends and family.
Tip: Take time off to travel and to avoid burnout.
Foodie Frenzy in Kansai: Pigs
Short/Medium Haul: Japan
Most food-loving of the Chinese Zodiac animals, Pigs should trot to the Land of the Rising Sun, which is home to a wealth of gastronomic delights. Have a hot pot in Hokkaido; sample soba noodles in Tohoku; feast on yakitori in Kanto; and devour okonomiyaki in Kansai.
Tip: Those born in the year of the Pig should travel to meet new people in 2016.
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Whatever your Chinese zodiac sign, here’s wishing you a great year of safe travels, good health and prosperity in 2016!
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