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Travel Destinations Based on Feng Shui Elements

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With Chinese New Year comes the re-emergence of frenzied zodiac readings and auspicious Feng Shui guides for luck and happiness. Looking to travel to get away from it all? Why not match your destinations to Chinese elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Wood, and Metal) – who knows, it may bring some good luck!

Element: Earth

Destination: Northern Territory, Australia

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The Northern Territory is home to miles of natural lands, boasting ageless Indigenous culture and breathtaking earthy landscapes. Apart from tropical climatic Kakadu with its bio diverse nature reserves and wetlands, stop by the heart of the Red Centre in Alice Springs, the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Explore icons such as the ancient monolith, Uluru – thought to have started forming over 550 million years ago, or the Kata Tjuta – large prehistoric rock formations sacred to the Anangu Aboriginal people. Grab your sense of adventure and explore the natural wonders of this Earth element.

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Element: Water

Destination: Mauritius

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Talk about white-sand beaches and crystal azure waters teeming with tropical fish, and Mauritius may spring to mind. A lone island situated in the vast ocean, it is a beach lover’s dream with its idyllic coasts, and shallow lagoons. Luxury resorts dot the beaches, while just offshore, an abundance of coral reefs and wrecks teeming with marine life to explore make it popular among diving enthusiasts. In addition, its protected lagoons and ideal wind conditions also make it a paradise for kitesurfers and windsurfers, making this a good Water destination.

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Element: Metal

Destination: Tokyo, Japan

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Tokyo is a sleepless city, where bright neon lights and blaring crosswalk tunes fight for your attention at every corner. It’s also a city where so much has been crammed in, creating a juxtapose that’s unique to Tokyo – here, you’ll find centuries-old temples within bustling entertainment district, or serene gardens that seem to take you far away from the glass-and-steel that’s made Tokyo into the metropolis it is today. While its foot is planted firmly in the future, it’s not difficult to find a slice of culture, history and serenity parks and cultural sites of this Metal city.

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Element: Fire

Destination: Hawaii, USA

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Practically forged by the eruptions of many volcanoes, Hawaii is a living Fire element. Wherever you are on any of its 6 islands – Maui, Oahu, Hawaii, Kauai, Lanai and Kauai – you’re not far from a volcano. Today, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii Island is one of the few places in the world where you can come face to face with an active volcano, in addition to Maunaloa and Kilauea (both have been erupting since the 1980s). You can also hike to volcano craters at Haleakala (Maui) and Leahi (Oahu) to experience Hawaii’s powerful Fire element for yourself.

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Element: Wood

Destination: The Amazon

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Encapsulating Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, the vast Amazon rainforest is the Earth’s living, breathing lung – and a physical embodiment of the Wood element. A land of staggering biodiversity, you can explore this lush landscape on hikes or along the many rivers that feed this region. Many of the native villages have been built on the banks of the Amazon River, giving travellers the opportunity to catch a glimpse of their lives and communities.

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