Where to travel in 2018 based on your Chinese zodiac

Feb 8, 2018

As we head into the new lunar year, a change of scenery could be just the recipe to flavour things up for you. Travel website Expedia.com.sg lines up the most auspicious destinations for each Chinese zodiac sign, and even who to travel with.

Born in the Year of the Dog

2006, 1994, 1982, 1970

Head to: Kyoto, Kalimantan
Your zodiac travel buddies: Tiger, Rabbit or Horse

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With 2018 being the year of man’s best friend, it’s time to hustle up your best pals for a well-deserved getaway to keep your spirits high. Sample the freshest sushi and sashimi in the Land of the Rising Sun. Ignite your inner culture vulture and fly to Kyoto (above), the former capital city of Japan, where you can wander around historic temples and castles set amid lush greenery.

Or, set your sights on Kalimantan, the Indonesian side of Borneo. Famous for their native headhunters of the past, Kalimantan today is a breathtaking destination that’s home to world-renowned heritage sites, islands, and national parks where you can spend days on end exploring. Must-visit spots in Kalimantan include Balikpapan (city and launchpad to dive sites), Maratau Island (for clear waters and sea turtles) and Banjarmasin (a cultural city facing Gunung Meratus). After all your adventures, treat your tastebuds to some authentic local Kalimantan cuisine.

Born in the Year of the Pig

2007, 1995, 1983, 1971

Head to: Guangzhou, Kaohsiung
Your zodiac travel buddies: Rabbit or Goat

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Don’t we love the gregarious Pig? Many of the ancestors of those born under this sign are linked to Guangzhou (above), southern China, where the most obvious influences on modern living are their methods of cooking and seasoning. Dim sum is a hot favourite in this city, although that’s hardly all that’s on offer at this coastal area where a hive of activities keeps the local economy bustling.

Next in the stars for you, is Taiwan. Try exploring Kaohsiung, which used to be an industrial city, and has now transformed into a modern metropolis.

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Born in the Year of the Rat

2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960

Head to: Manhattan, Brazil
Your zodiac travel buddies: Cow, Dragon or Monkey

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The ones born in the Year of the Rat are known to be very alert and aware of their surroundings. In the new year, how about letting your hair down and relaxing a little?

Check out Manhattan, New York (above), home to iconic places such as Central Park, Times Square, Rockefeller Center and Carnegie Hall. Catch a Broadway performance or two, sink your teeth into a piping hot taco from a street vendor, and be swept away by the vibrant city’s pulsating vibe.

For soccer fans, soak in colourful Brazilian carnivals in Salvador, Bahia, Recife, and learn to salsa while you’re at it. Fancy a break from the city? Retreat to the Amazon rainforest, or visit the majestic Iguaçu Falls, where the natural wonders will not fail to amaze you.