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A look at what’s in store during the Year of the Pig for each of the Chinese zodiac signs

According to Chinese traditions, it is crucial to have a positive start to the New Year – be it travelling or seeking blessings. The Hong Kong Tourism Board is featuring the Chinese zodiac fortunes provided by celebrated feng shui master Mak Ling Ling whose predictions are a fixture on TV programmes and media publications across Asia. 


Thanks to the auspicious stars, this is an excellent year for those born in the year of the Rabbit to focus their energy on their career. Be careful not to overwork, and to take short vacations regularly, which can help to reduce stress and prevent insomnia. As you place more emphasis on your career, your love life will be affected. Singles can opt to be on the lookout for potential interests at work. Rabbit people will enjoy an increase in direct income and an enhanced ability to accumulate savings in 2019.


Those born in the year of the Rat will find themselves surrounded by benefactors wanting to lend a helping hand. 

 With enhanced romance luck, ladies will be rewarded with budding romance. Avoid being too extravagant, as it will invite gossip. Use your network to help you grow your career and wealth. However, invest sparingly as wealth still stems from your direct income. Grasp opportunities at work, as they will do you well. While vacationing will help boost your overall fortune, be careful of what you eat as indigestion will be frequent.


 An overall improvement comes in 2019 and you benefit from enhanced mental clarity, which will do well especially for those who studying or are headed for job interviews. Focus on your career in the upcoming year; grasp all the opportunities given at work and you will be rewarded. Work-life balance is essential, as you tend to neglect your loved ones. When it comes to wealth, you have to work hard for it. Be extremely careful while vacationing, as it is easy for you to get pick pocketed. Avoid dangerous activities such as rock-climbing and skydiving.

During a visit to Che Kung Temple in Hong Kong, don’t forget to turn the copper windmill in a clockwise direction to sweep in good luck before you leave. /Courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board


2019 will be a smoother year than 2018 and is therefore a good time to restart. With auspicious stars shining, you will be able to showcase your abilities at work. There will be chances of promotion, but remember not to rush into things. Singles may be so immersed in work that romance no longer appeals to them. Business owners need to be careful of expenditure when it comes to expansion due to the lack of wealth stars, but are blessed with benefactors who are willing to lend a hand. Avoid strenuous or dangerous activities and opt to partake in yoga to boost your health outlook.


With a smooth career, great interpersonal relationships, and blissful romance forecast ahead, 2019 is set to be a great year for Dragon people. If you are looking for a change of job, it is important to weigh your options and reconsider before making a decision. For those who suffered break ups in 2018, there will be opportunities to embark on a new romance in the coming year. With an increase in social activities, remember to have enough rest and keep a healthy lifestyle. Remember to save regularly. Contributing to charity can help to boost overall fortune.


With a stable year ahead, 2019 will be a year for restarting. Refrain from letting your feelings of loneliness affect your relationships. Focus your time on your career; it will receive a boost from the abundance of ideas you have in 2019. Be humble, do not rush into decisions, and always consult your colleagues before a big move. A tough year ahead for romance so try to meet new people to develop friendships than to date. Contributing to charity will aid your health outlook. It is good to be surrounded by nature, and a relaxed mind can boost your fortune. 


Those born in the year of the Dog will enjoy a stable year and can indulge in a small game of mahjong, as there will be indirect income fortune. However, it is important to keep a rainy-day fund for unforeseen circumstances. Health-wise, you can enjoy reduced mental stress and general positivity. Married and attached individuals need to prevent unwanted romantic temptations; always draw a clear line with the opposite gender. You might feel a lack of concern from your other half, and should therefore maintain healthy communication with them. There will be less gossip and fewer changes at work.

Lantau Island is Hong Kong’s largest island and offers a variety of attraction from grand vistas, temple, high peaks, amusement park to quiet beaches and historic villages. It’s a great place to spend time with the entire family./Courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board


2019 will be a year of turbulence for those born in the year of the Tiger. Be careful of indulgence and overeating when social events increase. There will be opportunities for partnerships but it pays to be careful. Tap into your female friends for help; singles can seek female friends’ introductions to get to know potential love interests. Good news if your superiors are female! Promotions will be coming your way as long as you work hard. However, it is good to remain humble and keep a low profile even when your career is on the rise.


With an overall improvement from 2018, Horse people have auspicious stars protecting them from harmful forces in 2019. Benefactors will lend you a hand at work, whilst promotion or a salary raise is in sight. Do not partake in gossip, as it will backfire on you. With an unstable wealth lookout, sound financial planning is essential. Be very careful when going into any investment. Changes to your vacation plans can happen, thus it is good to be prepared for any unforeseen circumstances. As you place more emphasis on work, romance is less likely to appeal. If you are seeking a new relationship, it is good to be introduced by an acquaintance in a higher position.


Monkey people will experience equal gain and loss in 2019 and while there are benefactors helping you, malicious people will still seek to harm you. Being positive, maintain good interpersonal relationships, and take part in joyous occasions to improve your fortune. You can venture into investments as long as the risk is within your limits. With a better health forecast, refrain from overindulgence during social events. A stable relationship for those who are attached or married, spending time by cultivating similar hobbies is recommended. You will be able to showcase your capabilities at work and be rewarded. Keep a low profile to prevent gossip.


There’s a turbulent year ahead for those born in the year of the Pig so it is important to keep a positive mindset even when problems and gossip knock on your door. For budding entrepreneurs, success is within grasp, as long as you are prepared to strive hard. Due to tiring interpersonal relationships, you will think of finding a new job, which might not be the best move for you in 2019. Being outstationed for work will be a better option for you. Have healthy communication with your other half to prevent misunderstandings. Being occupied with work will do well for your relationship. Pay attention to both you and your family members’ health. 


A challenging year ahead, people born in the year of the Snake need to take things positively in 2019. Going overseas can help relax mind and body and bring you opportunities to meet potential love interests. With an unstable wealth fortune, re-evaluate before any big spending. Be extremely cautious of your health, and spend more time with the elders at home. It’s good to take extra care of your limbs. Being on the move will better your overall fortune, but take note of sudden changes to your vacation plans.

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