Where to Travel According to Your Chinese Zodiac

10 February 2016
<p>Where will you go in the Year of the Monkey?</p>

Where will you go in the Year of the Monkey?

Have you ever wondered if you should tailor your travel plans based on your astrological traits? With some help from Zuji, here’s a list of places you might want to consider visiting according to the year you were born in. 

 

Zodiac sign: Rat

Characteristics: Those born in the Year of the Rat are instinctive, acute and alert, while sophisticated and popular in social interactions. Personal safety must be taken seriously when Rats travel overseas.
Lucky directions: Southeast, Northeast
Head to: Chiang Mai, Thailand 
 
Enjoy hot air balloon rides overlooking paddy fields and mountainous landscapes when you head up North to Chiang Mai. Don’t miss the chance to visit one of Chiang Mai’s 300 temples; specifically Wat Sri Suphan, Thailand’s only temple made entirely of silver. End you day by unwinding at the many beer buffets housed in cool upmarket areas, where you can get all-you-can-drink beer from just S$5!

 

Zodiac sign: Cow

Characteristics: Those born in the Year of the Cow are persistent and simple, yet honest and straightforward. They are contemplative before taking actions, and not easily affected by their surroundings.
Lucky directions: Southeast, South and North
Head to: Siem Reap, Cambodia
 
Siem Reap is on a lot of people’s bucket list with the famed Angkor Wat and other ruins such as Ta Som Temple and East Mebon Temple listed as a must-see. Other attractions not to miss include the Cambodian Landmine Museum and Relief Facility.Donations to the museum’s fund goes to its newer school and dormitory for amputee children. 

 
Zodiac sign: Tiger

Characteristics: Those born in the Year of the Tiger are powerful, independent, confident and brave.
Lucky directions: South, Southeast, East
Head to: Hanoi, Vietnam

Sample rural living and experience Vietnamese life by taking a trip to the Northern Mountains. Unleash your inner Tiger at the Snake Village in Le Mat, where you can eat fresh organs of a snake. If that’s not on your bucket list, indulge in a kayak or dive adventure or enjoy a scenic helicopter ride to Halong Bay

     
Zodiac sign: Rabbit

Characteristics: Those born in the Year of the Rabbit are tender, graceful and sensitive in nature, and tend to have a high demand in life quality.
Lucky directions: Southeast, South, East 
Head to: Seoul, Korea
 
Hit the popular shopping districts in Seoul such as Dongdaemun and Myeongdong and don’t forget to check out Apgujeong-dong with stores selling upscale fashion products lining its streets, Cheongdamdong (known as the most luxurious shopping area in Seoul) and Garosu-gil with it trendy cafes and shops.

 
Zodiac sign: Dragon

Characteristics: Those born in the Year of the Dragon are lively, intellectual and excitable.
Lucky directions: North, Northwest, West
Head to: Shanghai, China
 
Art lover? Check out Shanghai’s growing arts scene at Moganshan Road, known for its Chinese contemporary art studios, and The Shanghai History Museum for everything on Chinese history.
Thrill seeker? Head over to the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower, which offers a 360-degree view of the city. End your night with a cruise tour on the Huangpu River to see Shanghai’s night skyline.

 

Zodiac sign: Snake

Characteristics: Those born in the Year of the Snake like hanging out in the dark, representing their wisdom and wit. They are calm and sensitive, but humorous at the same time. 
Lucky directions: Northeast, South, Southwest
Head to: Taipei, Taiwan
 
It is said that Taipei is a city that never sleeps. Urban hikes through the night are common here, with Elephant Mountain giving you the best view of the city. Start your hike in the late afternoon to catch the sunset as well as an exceptional night-time view of the city. In the culture-rich towns Pingxi and Shifen, write wishes on lanterns and set them into the night sky for a moderate fee. Don’t forget to check out the 

Besides visiting the world-renowned night markets like Shilin Night Market for amazing street food and shopping, hike up Elephant Mountain for the best view of the city. Tip: Start your hike in the late afternoon to catch the sunset followed by an awesome view of the city once night time falls.

 

[Related: What is the Biggest Difference Between Astrology And Horoscopes?]

 

Zodiac sign: Horse

Characteristics: Those born in the Year of the Horse are dynamic, zealous and generous in nature. 
Lucky directions: Northeast, Northwest and Southwest
Head to: New Delhi, India
 
Head to New Delhi and be in awe of the Lotus Temple, a Bahá’í House of Worship, with its beautifully manicured gardens. Not too far away is the the ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, and listen to the famous chant accompanied by the sounds of drums. For a visual feast, soak in the elaborate architecture and detailing of the Akshardham Temple.

 

Zodiac sign: Sheep

Characteristics: Those born in the Year of the Sheep have a special sensitivity to art and beauty, with a fondness for quiet living.
Lucky directions: East, South, Southeast
Head to: Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia

A tiny fishing village located southeast of Queensland, Port Douglas is filled with trendy restaurants, a top-rated golf course, a beautiful beach, and provides access to the Great Barrier Reef by boat. Swing through the canopy on a zipline and discover secret swimming holes and beaches at the Daintree Rainforest.

    
Zodiac sign: Monkey

Characteristics: Those born in the Year of the Monkey are the life of the party. They are flexible and versatile, while quick-witted in their daily lives.
Lucky directions: North, Northwest, West
Head to: Yogyakarta, Indonesia

More laidback than other Indonesian cities such as Jakarta and Bandung, Yogyakarta is home to the Borobudur, the world’s largest and greatest Buddhist temple. It also offers adrenaline junkies rock climbing and tightrope walking  at the Kalibiru National Park and body rafting at Kalisuci Cave. The water-flowing mountains of Sewu Mountain Range are not to be missed for nature lovers.

  
Zodiac sign: Rooster

Characteristics: Those born in the Year of the Rooster are independent, and seldom rely on others.
Lucky directions: Southwest, Northwest, West
Head to: Maldives

Book a private uninhabited island all to your self and catch your own dinner during the night reef-fishing trips and grill your catch of the day under the stars. Spend the day exploring the different islands by flying on a sea plane, cycling or even on a cargo ship! Don’t miss the chance to take a night swim alongside grey reef sharks.

  
Zodiac sign: Dog

Characteristics: Those born in the Year of the Dog are not afraid of any difficulties.
Lucky directions: South, Southeast, East
Head to: Paro, Bhutan
 
Experience the happiest country in Asia and visit Taktsang Lhakhang in Paro town, also known as the Tiger’s Nest Temple. Located at an altitude of more than 3,100 metres, it will take a three-hour trek to reach this iconic landmark. Plus, explore tiny rural villages and catch a glimpse of exotic wildlife through the scenic hills for scenic fun. Although getting to Bhutan is a little tricky, it is definitely well worth the journey!

 
Zodiac sign: Pig

Characteristics: Those born in the Year of the Pig avoid risky activities but are considerate, responsible, independent and optimistic. 
Lucky directions: Southeast, Northeast
Head to: Kyoto, Japan

Enjoy peace and serenity while basking in Japanese aesthetics with Kyoto’s shrines and temples. Top picks are Nishi-Hongwan-ji Temple for its elaborate design and Kozan-ji Temple for its surrounding mountainous beauty. You can’t visit Kyoto without hitting the historic geisha town of Gion with its array of bars, restaurants, and geisha houses. Tip: Kyoto is unbelievably beautiful in autumn!

 

Muneerah Bee, February 2016

 

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