6 places to celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Goat

6 places to celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Goat

This article was originally published on the flight comparison site Skyscanner.

It's 2015: the year of the Goat hasn't even started yet, officially, but you may already be running out of ways to celebrate here in Singapore.

The goat farm in Lim Chu Kang? Check. Goat simulator on the computer? Check. Mutton soup? Check.

Well, it's probably time to travel out and put goat-seeing on that itinerary, especially throughout this Lunar New Year of the Goat. Skyscanner offers six quirky ideas:

1. Mongolia

Singapore is pretty hot and sticky, so if you're looking for a change of climate, Mongolia should be on your list of destinations for 2015. Bring a coat; Mongolia can be cold.

If your coat is not enough, then buy some local cashmere! The Gobi Desert is home to lots of goat herders who use the goat wool to make the warm and luxurious fabric, and you can even meet the goats who keep you warm.

Mongolia is a true adventure, and what is life without adventure? The Gobi Desert is one of the natural wonders of the world, and the rest of Mongolia is an epic array of mountains, rivers and steppes. Its jaw-dropping vistas are a trekker's dream.

2. Yunnan, China

Located in far southwestern China, near the border with Myanmar, Yunnan is a region of ancient culture, astounding natural beauty, and goats. The goats there provide the milk for some tasty local delicacies, including one of the few types of cheese indigenous to China.

After you have sampled the goat cheese, head to the countryside! Yuanyang is home to the stunningly beautiful rice terraces, and Tiger Leaping Gorge is breathtaking.

It's not just nature in Yunnan though; the ancient city of Lijiang is a great place for a wander, and the village of Shaxi is one of the last remaining caravan oases that dotted the landscape a thousand years ago. Spend your next #throwbackthursday here.

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