Where will your Zodiac sign take you in 2017?
Thousands of years ago, the Jade Emperor (or Buddha) called a meeting with all the animals of the world. To this assembly came only twelve animals. To reward them, the Jade Emperor gave each of them a place on the Zodiac. In modern times, your location on the zodiac (and your animal) can tell people about your personality and your destiny.
In anticipation of the the New Year, ZEN Rooms Hotels have put together a list of the best destinations you are destined to visit in 2017, according to your own Zodiac. Find your year and you’ll discover your perfect destination as the Chinese New Dawns! Get 25% OFF at zenrooms.com with our exclusive code CNY25.
Rat (2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960)
The Rat represents Wisdom and industriousness. You’re likely a much safer traveler and look for places which give you an almost spiritual release, yet it’s unlikely you would say it in this way. Creative, intelligent, resourceful are just a few of the words used to describe the rats personality. Because of this, 2017 might be a good year to head to Yogyakarta in Indonesia and gather some valuable wisdom from the Borobudur temple.
Ox (2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961)
The Ox is about Strength and seriousness. The Ox’s capacity for greatness is only limited by its confidence. If your zodiac is the Ox, then you probably like travelling on your own, yet don’t mind company if it happens to come along. Head to Malang in Indonesia where you’ll be able to see how real strength has been fostered in its Highland environment. A real paradise for the strength and determination of the Ox.
Tiger (2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962)
The Tiger represents Valour, yet valour needs to be exercised with caution. Whilst you probably enjoy active adventures, make sure to keep safe in 2017. In order to take full advantage of the Tiger’s power, energy and protection, head to Batam in Indonesia, where you can hire a private boat for around 30USD to go Snorkeling around Abang Island.
Rabbit (2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963)
The Rabbit dwells in possibility and represents caution. Whilst you’re probably more reserved when it comes to travelling, it can be nice to get out of your safe zone every once in awhile. Use the Rabbit’s luck and ability to grow to visit Hong Kong. This is a great place to start, with a mix of safe shopping centers and the more adventurous Lantau Island, where you can trek back into the mountains and swim under waterfalls.
Dragon (2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964)
One of the most revered symbols of the zodiac, the Dragon represents strength with pride. Success will follow you throughout your life, so 2017 should be spent conquering some of the harder places to reach in the world. Climb the volcano Mount Rinjani near Lombok, Indonesia and truly unleash your inner dragon.
Snake (2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965)
Good things come to those who wait. The Snake shows flexibility and patience. Where better to show how flexible (and patient) you are, than on the busy streets of Bangkok, Thailand. With a huge amount of choices and things to do, make sure you at least drop in on the Chatuchak Market, where you’re have to be flexible when it comes to prices.
Horse (2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966)
The Horse forges ahead with great speed. This beautiful zodiac isn’t just about power though, it also shows that you must have an internal elegance and grace. Use these abilities to explore some of the least discovered places as 2017 comes into play. Negombo in Sri-Lanka might just be the perfect fit. Make sure to visit the Dutch Fort and explore the area’s rich history and elegance.
Goat (2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967)
The Goat is all about unity and where better to see this than in the organized and modern Singapore. Your best qualities are those of faith,balance and dignity. Why not check out Singapore’s Chinatown for an authentic look at one of the largest unified communities of foreigners in the world (and some great food).
Monkey (2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968)
The Unexpected makes life worth living. The Monkey is all about Changeability, yet you need to make sure to pay attention to the constants in your life. The monkey has a Swiftness and instinct absent in the other animals, yet it still needs security. As 2017 dawns, head to Chiang Mai, a city in Thailand which still retains a traditional charm and could teach you some lessons in how to remain constant when it’s needed.
Rooster (2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969)
If you’re the Rooster then you like things staying constant. But 2017 is your year, it’s the year you should break free and live life to the fullest! Keep your attributes of honesty, courage and vigilance, but add a bit of unpredictability to your life too. Make sure you give 2017 the respect it deserves by heading over to Colombo in Sri-Lanka, where you’ll find some great nightlife in Mount Lavinia; roughly 20-minutes from the center of the city.
Dog (2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970)
The Dog is known for fidelity and authenticity. Head to Penang in Malaysia, where you’ll find the Penang National Park’s jungle trails and their dizzying heights and views, more than enough authenticity for 2017. However, with your tendency for bravery, courage and loyalty, you’re sure to face any challenge you’ll encounter (and be able to support your friends whilst doing it).
Pig (2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971)
The Pig, whilst sometimes seen as slow, is actually all about amiability and being friendly. Head to Bali in Indonesia, where you’re likely to find a lot of other travelers to be friendly with. Use the pig’s natural social intelligence to navigate your way through this new culture and enjoy your time there. Whilst Indonesia is made up of more than 17,000 islands, Bali is undoubtedly one of the more popular ones.
Chinese New Year will take place on 28 January this year. We’ll be moving into the year of the Rooster. Whilst the year of the Rooster might be about staying constant, it’s also about being smart. What better way to celebrate than by travelling smart – spending less on fancy hotels and more on once in a lifetime experiences!
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