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LUXURY TRAVEL: Where your Chinese zodiac sign will take you
ONE OF MY most memorable Chinese New Years was spent on Hong Kong's harbour sharing  a private junk with friends. The firework display was pretty impressive, after all, the Chinese did invent them. Almost as impressive were the neon decorations on the surrounding skyscrapers. Curling dragons, kaleidoscopes of changing colours and elaborate good-luck patterns which lit up the multi-storey buildings.  
This year the Chinese New Year starts on February 16th 2018 and will be the Year of the Dog. Anyone born in the Year of the Dog is kind and honest and has a strong sense of loyalty and are sincere. Those born in the Year of the Dog seek out the good in the world so we suspect they will be visiting a beautiful luxury destination (or two) this year .
But what about the rest of us? Where does your Chinese zodiac sign suggest you go in the luxury travel year ahead? Legend has it that all the animals in creation were summoned by Buddha one New Year's Day. Only 12 animals turned up, and to each Buddha gave a year which would bear its name. This is the kind of luxury traveller each animal is.
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DOG: honest, loyal, optimistic, happy
Birth Years for the Dog Zodiac Sign: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006
Ideal destination: A beach destination would suit this sunny character. Try Borocay, Philippines or stay at Soneva Fushi, Maldives or Nam Hai, Vietnam.
Dragon: charismatic, colourful , brave, dislike routine, like attention.
Birth years for the dragon zodiac sign: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000
Ideal destination: A luxury adventure, climbing Everest, hiking in Nepal, a safari in Africa. Try staying at Royal Malewane or Londolozi luxury game lodges in South Africa
Snake: high principles, sophisticated and charming, thirsty for knowledge
Birth Years for the Snake Zodiac Sign: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001
Ideal destination: A grand cultural tour of Europe. Perhaps around the Loire chateaux or a luxury cruise with a resident expert aboard such as to the Galapagos islands.
Horse: confident, proud, witty, outgoing, attractive to the opposite sex
Birth Years for the Horse Zodiac Sign: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002
Ideal destination: Somewhere suitably showy. try Monaco or Las Vegas or a celebrity-style suite
Sheep: sensitive, creative, thoughtful, cultured Can be eccentric.
Birth Years for the Sheep Zodiac Sign: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003
Ideal destination: A sheep might enjoy some hotels with a twist such as the eccentric; The Blackman, Melbourne or perhaps one of the ever burgeoning choice of designer hotels.
Monkey: confident, popular, imaginative, free spirit
Birth Years for the Monkey Zodiac Sign: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004
Ideal destination: A free-spirited sweep down a snow clad mountain in canada or the US would be a good choice. Stay at Little Nell in Aspen. In Canada try Post Hotel & Spa, Lake Louise or  Rimrock Resort Hotel, Banff.
Rooster: Brave, enthusiastic, intelligent, hardworking, demand the best
Birth Years for the Rooster Zodiac Sign: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005
Ideal destination: Five star hotels go down well especially in London or Paris. Try the The Ritz London. In Paris try Hotel Plaza Athenee.


Pig: Kind and thoughtful, down to earth, friendly.
Birth years for the pig zodiac sign: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
Ideal destination: Somewhere where they can get close to nature, perhaps Kenya, Tasmania or the luxury lodges of New Zealand such as Matakauri Lodge or Kauri Cliffs
Rabbit: very sensitive. Principled, honourable, kind.
Birth years for the rabbit zodiac sign: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999
Ideal destination: Thailand, Cambodia, Laos
Rat: charming, determined and ambitious, intelligence, goal oriented.
Birth Years for the pig zodiac sign: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996
Ideal destination: New York here we come. Stay at The Peninsula, Crosby Street Hotel or any number of other new luxury destinations.
Ox: calm, patient, reliable and loyal. Often have a small but solid circle of friends.
Birth years for the ox zodiac sign: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997
Ideal destination: Bali or a private villa anywhere as long as it is with with just a few close friends
Tiger: warm and loving. Passionate about life, impetuous.
Birth years for the tiger zodiac sign: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998
Ideal destination: Somewhere with a passionate Latino vibe. Buenos Aires is a perfect city. For adventure try Guatemala or Mexico
Anne Paris, Updated 17/1/18
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