Chinese zodiac enthusiasts seeking an adventure would be glad to know they can put their almanacs aside and take a trip to Hong Kong instead. Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) recommends 12 auspicious spots matched with the 12 zodiac animal signs.
For Roosters: The Peak
Birth years: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005
As a general rule, having the same sign as the one reigning for the year does not bode well. Combat this by ascending to Hong Kong Island’s highest point of Victoria Peak and taking in the commanding vistas from there.
For Dogs: Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail, Fanling
Birth years: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006
You are susceptible to insecurity and anxieties this year. Alleviate the negative energy along the Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail – where legends have it that a dragon was once seen – and learn about the history of the Tang Clan, one of the five largest clans in the New Territories. The ancient wisdom may even rub off you and help your career!
For Pigs: The Big Buddha, Wisdom Path
Birth years: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
Since the star of Yi Ma, which represents travel, is affecting your zodiac this year, you are likely to find yourself on the move more frequently. Climbing the steps for a closer look at the Big Buddha statue and the large Heart Sutra scriptures could help temper the speed of change.
For Rats: Flower Market, Bird Garden
Birth years: 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
This is a great year for you, especially if you’re in search of love. To further boost your luck in love, visit these two spots and be enveloped in the fragrance of flowers and the singing of birds.
For Oxen: Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck
Birth years: 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
Three lucky stars are shining on you this year, and it may help to get as close to these stars as possible by visiting the observation deck on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Centre.
For Tigers: Murray House, Stanley, Repulse Bay
Birth years: 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Recuperate from the instability that plagued Tigers in 2016 with a calming trip to Repulse Bay. Traditionally, the Chinese believe that spending money can stave off bad luck, so shop away at Murray House, Stanley Plaza and the surrounding streets!
For Rabbits: Chi Lin Nunnery
Birth years: 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
This is a year of change in various aspects of your life – including relationships, career and accommodation – but rest assured this would all work out for the best. During the tough times, an ideal place to visit is the Chi Lin Nunnery, where you can mediate or simply take in the serenity of the environs alongside Tang Dynasty-inspired architecture.
For Dragons: Dragon’s Back
Birth years: 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
During the Rooster year, Dragons come very close to the divine dragon-phoenix pairing. To take your fortunes up a notch, head to the hiking trails at Dragon’s Back and enjoy the views of the South China Sea, Shek O, Big Wave Bay, Stanley and Tai Tam.
For Snakes: Lamma Island
Birth years: 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
Head in the auspicious south-west direction to Lamma Island. The mountains and rivers surrounding the island could help amplify all areas of luck in your life, including work and wealth.
For Horses: Happy Valley Racecourse
Birth years: 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
You have the best luck with money among the 12 zodiacs this year, so it may be a good idea to try your luck at the Happy Valley Racecourse. Stake some money on your favourite horse, feel the excitement as hooves thunder down the racetrack, and it could be your day!
For Goats: Victoria Habour
Birth years: 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
Good luck is pooling for you right in the centre of Hong Kong. Take an evening harbour cruise to enjoy the spectacular views and take in some good luck while you're at it.
For Monkeys: Lan Kwai Fong
Birth years: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004
Your romance factor is through the roof this year. Take this opportunity to plunge into the heart of Hong Kong’s nightlife – synonymous with clubs, fine food, drinks and all thinks celebratory – and who knows, you may find the one!