Cebu among top 10 Chinese New Year destinations


Chinese lanterns (Photo from Pixabay)

Cebu emerged as the fourth top Chinese New Year destination of Filipino travelers, according to online booking site Agoda.


In a statement, Agoda said Filipinos are heading to Hong Kong, Tokyo and Manila to ring in the Year of the Earth Pig on February 5 based on booking data. Cebu came in fourth. The rest of the top 10 destinations are Taipei, Boracay, Sapporo, Bangkok, Palawan and Osaka.


Filipinos’ top 10 destinations of choice for the Lunar New Year

Hong Kong

Tokyo, Japan

Manila, Philippines

Cebu, Philippines

Taipei, Taiwan

Boracay, Philippines

Sapporo, Japan

Bangkok, Thailand

Palawan, Philippines

Osaka, Japan


Meanwhile, Agoda recommended four travel ideas:


If you’re heading away with the entire family


The Sapporo Snow Festival is one of Japan’s most popular annual events, taking place from January 31 to February 11. For some family fun and adventure, head over to Tsudome, featuring snow slides and a rafting area for visitors of all ages.


If you’re looking for fabulous food


In Singapore, you must not miss the "lo hei" (prosperity toss). Family and friends huddle around a Cantonese-style raw fish salad and toss its contents in the air while saying auspicious greetings. It is believed that the higher the tossing, the more fortune one would have for the new year. Those looking to impress their family members can consider Jade restaurant at The Fullerton Hotel with its Special Piggy Edition Gold Rush Yu Sheng complete with edible gold leaf or switch things up at Carlton Hotel Singapore where the Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant offers a unique take of the well-loved dish with Alaskan crab.


If you’re traveling solo


Be treated with the captivating sights of Tokyo’s dynamic city skyline while sipping a late evening cocktail at the popular Peter: the Bar, Sky Lounge Stellar Garden, R bar, or Thirty Six bar. This is also a good opportunity to meet some new friends while traveling solo.


If you’re a nature seeker


Solo travelers looking to reconnect with nature and enjoy some ‘me time’ can head over to Taiwan. Pamper yourself with a luxurious stay at Fleur De Chine Hotel and wake up to breathtaking views of Sun Moon Lake. Fill your days with visits to nearby scenic spots such as Lalu Island, Wenwu Temple, Chaowu Pier, Songbolun Trail, Cien Pagoda, and many more. An alternative is the Radium Kagaya International Hotel, a haven of rest and relaxation that is just steps away from the city's numerous attractions such as Beitou Hot Spring. (Ventures Cebu with PR)


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