Chinatown's Festive Street Bazaar (Day & Night)

What would Chinese New Year be like without Chinatown?
I guess it will be quite boring...
Have you visit Chinatown for the Festive Street Bazaar?

Date:18 January – 9 February 2013
Time:6.00pm – 10.30pm (Daily)
6.00pm – 1.00am (Chinese New Year’s Eve)
Venue:Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street and Trengganu Street

With over 500 stalls lining up the streets of Chinatown, visitors can feast on mouth-watering New Year delicacies, enjoy the brilliant lights and decorations of the stalls and shop for the many New Year traditional goodies from cookies, decorative items, waxed duck and preserved fruits to potted plants and clothings. 

Well for photography lovers like me, don't forget to bring your camera and capture this once a year event.

Love the building painting...

There are some stalls selling similar things and very competitive!

You can experience how the sale guy shout and make joke to create attention...
Quite fun to see actually. And plus there is free sampling of the snacks and candies.

May everyone HUAT AH this year!!!

What an idea of IKEA...

This year is the year of the SNAKE.

Look who I spotted!!!!

Cai Shen Ye!!! Fortune God!

This year we have 2 Snakes at Chinatown.
One of it is a 108-metre-long 3D snake sculpture made up of about 5,000 square lanterns near the main arch facing Chinatown Point and 88 cube lanterns featuring the 12 animal signs in the Chinese zodiac in the street decorations along Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road.

Another one is over at South Bridge Road, be fascinated by the snake design street light-up formed by over 850 sky lanterns.

HongPeng kissing the snake!!!!
I asked HongPeng to pose this for me!!!
HongPeng this year you will HUAT AH!!!

Eat the snake!
Whole year HUAT AH!!!


Do you like "Niao Gao"?
Nian Gao sounds similar to Nian Gao年高 (年年高生) implying promotions or prosperity year after year. This association makes Nian Gao a popular gift item during the New Year period.

Last day on 9th Feb, will be even cheaper I guess...

People like to buy this and hand on their flower at home.

Pomelo (Youzi) is considered important as a symbol of prosperity and good fortune when eaten on the Chinese New Year.

Another type of "Niao Gao"

The more traditional type of "Niao Gao"...

Chinese like to eat Peanuts (花生; huāshēng) during Chinese New Year because it symbolises good health, long life, birth of prosperity, continuous growth, multiplication in wealth and good fortune, stability.

Pussy willow or also known as Ying Liu has fluffy white blossoms which resemble silk with the color of green jade. Most Chinese enjoy such signs of growth which represent the coming of prosperity. 

Date:15 January - 24 February 2013
Time:11.00am - 9.00pm
Venue:Chinatown Point

Make your New Year wishes come true at the Chinatown Wishing Tree! Inspired by the renowned ancient banyan tree in Lam Tsuen in Hong Kong to which people travel to during Chinese New Year to leave their special wishes, a lucky banyan tree is installed at Chinatown Point where you can try throwing mandarin oranges tied to your wishes onto it. If they stay on the tree, it is said that your wishes will come true!

Join in the festive fun by making wishes for you and your loved ones. Get a mandarin orange wishing charm for S$2 to toss it onto the tree. All proceeds will be donated to the Kreta Ayer Seniors Activity Centre. 

Lastly I will end with this photo I took with the Cai Shen Ye, wishing everyone HUAT AH in the new year!!!

Take note: If you are going Chinatown this period, to avoid heavy traffic please take public transport as such the MRT and alight at Chinatown station