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I have heard of Virgin duckies, Lufthansa’s first class duckies, Conrad bears, and various airline pilot bears. I even got a few of them. Do you collect any when you travel overseas? Well I do, because I am kind of obsessed with Cathay Pacific’s cute Chinese Zodiac stuff animals!

Cathay Pacific Chinese Zodiac Stuffed Animal

Back in 2013, my family of five flew to Hong Kong for Christmas in Cathay First Class (Yeah we pulled it off but we have to split up the family over two days). Since I had plenty time on the 16 hour nonstop flight, I looked through the duty-free magazine page by page, something I never do before. Unexpectedly it started my collection of little toys that can only be found on Cathay!

What I discovered in that catalog was a cute Chinese Zodiac stuff animal with Cathay Pacific logo on it! The Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve-year cycle, with each year in that cycle related to an animal sign: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

My husband was born in the year of the Snake, but at the end of December 2013 the snake toy was long gone. So I was hoping to be able to grab the Year of the Horse stuff animal on my Dragon Air flight to Shanghai on New Year’s Day 2014.

How to get a Cathay Chinese Zodiac Stuffed Animal

Every year Cathay Pacific gives away the cute animal during Chinese New Year, and it’s doing it again this year on its Canadian site. But you have to book a flight on Cathay website and fly from Canada to Asia!


Last year, they also ran the promotion on various social media. I had my daughter entered the Snapchat promotion and much to my surprise, she won the monkey!  When I flew Cathay last June to Singapore, I was told the stuff animal was long gone. Apparently quantity was truly very limited and often sold out by March.

This year is the Year of the Rooster, the Zodiac for my 11 year-old daughter. I don’t have any flights booked with Cathay in the next few months, but a PWaC slack member is getting me the little rooster! I can’t wait to add it to my collection!

Cathay Toys

If you are flying Cathay soon, look for it in the catalog. Ask the flight attendant when you get on the plane. Usually each plane is only stocked with two of these toys! If you are not flying Cathay but you want the rooster, follow Cathay on social media and look for the promotion on its website, because Chinese New Year is around the corner (end of January)!

It is going to take me eight more years to collect the remaining stuff animals in the collection! Just another a reason for me to book a flight to Hong Kong every January!

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