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Chinese New Year in Singapore: what to do?

Post by cinder » Mon, 07 Jan 2008 9:35 am

Looks like we are stucked here again during Chinese New Year Period :( too late to get any tickets to places we would like to visit!

Any recommendation on what we can do on those four days? We love outdoor, sports and sightseeing, less keen on lazying whole day on the beach. Been here for little bit more than a year, did Pulau Ubin and Mac Ritchie reservoir, but dont take that into account cos any suggestions would be appreciated..

Thanks in advance!
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what to do for Chinese new Year

Post by ffsgrelier » Mon, 07 Jan 2008 8:24 pm

This is going to be our first Chinese New year in Singapore and my little family is quite excited about witnessing traditional ceremonies, parades etc ... i would greatly appreciate any tips on what is worth seeing, what not to miss etc ... bearing in mind we have 2 boys (7 and 5) and a seven month old baby.
Thanks for your replies.
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Re: what to do for Chinese new Year

Post by phil30k » Tue, 08 Jan 2008 12:46 pm

Uh oh...

I think most Chinese New Year celebrations revolve around the family unit. It is not really a public festival with parades and floats and stuff.

The weeks leading up to the Chinese New Year can be boisterous but the actual New Year will see most shops shut, business halted with everyone spending time with their families. Some shops shut for the entire week.

I hope other people will have better news for you.

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How about Ice Skating at Kallang

Post by AmyMar » Tue, 08 Jan 2008 5:05 pm

Try ice skating at the new Kallang Ice Skating World! It's great fun for the family and our kids simply love it! And then go bowling at the same building at Stadium Walk.

Bring along: gloves, socks, cardigans. :D

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Post by cinder » Tue, 08 Jan 2008 9:26 pm

Will bum-boat to Pulau Ubin operate on Chinese New Year Day? Guess some of the bum-boat uncles are Malay; therefore not celebrate the New Year?
Thinking to go to Check Jawa, and had checked that low tide timing on 7th and 8th are 5ish pm - if we told the bum-boat uncle to pick us up on say, 7ish pm, will they turn up?

Thanks a lot for any input!

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Post by time » Wed, 09 Jan 2008 1:37 am

There will be a Chingay parade on the street with big floats and performers for the whole family to enjoy. Check out www.chingay.org.sg. Happy New Year!

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Post by hei guess what » Wed, 09 Jan 2008 9:51 am

phil30k wrote:the actual New Year will see most shops shut, business halted with everyone spending time with their families. Some shops shut for the entire week.
Strange but true . . . I remember taking my visitors to Little India during CNY, plenty of food and shops are open . . .

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Post by 08weixiang12 » Mon, 21 Jan 2008 12:04 am

CHINATOWN!!!but i'm not sure whether its open on CNY not...btw on this coming wed, maybe you should go to little india..cause the indians are going to celebrate their g0d birthday...they can walk on hot charcoal and also pierce themselves to thank their gods...

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Chinese New Year

Post by TAJ » Mon, 21 Jan 2008 9:03 pm

How to enjoy the best of the festivities safely with two children... I've just read the Chingay parade web site, and I'm a bit confused! They are selling 'seats' for a street parade which appears to span quite a distance along the Raffles/ Esplanade area. Can I just go along to watch, or will it be too chaotic ? (This is 'SensibleSingapore' after all!) I thought there was a parade along Orchard Road, is this the same one with a different route? Any advice from those who have enjoyed the experience is previous years greatly appreciated. Thx. Also, are there any great fireworks - I love 'em!?!!

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Post by Joe Hanson » Wed, 23 Jan 2008 2:15 pm

How about driving into Malaysia? You could try hiking in Malaysia. I heard from some of my colleagues that they have 3 days 2 nights trips. But I've not tried any myself.

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Post by welshlass » Wed, 23 Jan 2008 10:36 pm

shopping n eating.... what else..., oh but will the malls actually be closed for the day ?

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Post by giangptm » Sat, 26 Jan 2008 5:21 pm

ffsgrelier wrote:This is going to be our first Chinese New year in Singapore and my little family is quite excited about witnessing traditional ceremonies, parades etc ... i would greatly appreciate any tips on what is worth seeing, what not to miss etc ... bearing in mind we have 2 boys (7 and 5) and a seven month old baby.
Thanks for your replies.
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HI I do not now so much about Singapore since I relocated here a couple of months but normally people stay with family during the Chinese New Year. Hope you enjoy with your family.

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Post by skimilk » Mon, 28 Jan 2008 2:33 am

welshlass wrote:shopping n eating.... what else..., oh but will the malls actually be closed for the day ?
unfortunately, most shops are closed alright or close really early on CNY.

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Post by jaw » Mon, 28 Jan 2008 9:23 am

usually the shops will close on the eve of CNY because everyone is going back for reunion dinner. Some will start operating on the second day of CNY but typical chinese stalls/shops will operate later.

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Post by leahkeh » Tue, 29 Jan 2008 2:42 pm

jaw wrote:usually the shops will close on the eve of CNY because everyone is going back for reunion dinner. Some will start operating on the second day of CNY but typical chinese stalls/shops will operate later.
Well, in Singapore , the best to experience CNY atmostphere would be to visit your chinese friends in their homes. That is where all cultures and traditions would be followed, you probabl get to learn quite a bit just by visiting them and watching how things work during this period.

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