Chinese New Year Shopping
- Singapore Chinatown Night Market 2012
- Photos of Past Night Markets
- Photos of Past Night Markets
"There is no shopping frenzy like
Year Shopping at Chinatown Singapore!"
(in conjunction with Chinatown Street Light Up)
Have a look at what happened during Chinese New Year 2007...
kidding. In the weeks leading to Chinese New Year, everybody seems to be in Chinatown Singapore.
The streets here become Singapore's most exciting night market.
This lucky girl gets to ride on her dad's shoulders, and enjoy a vantage view of the Chinese New Year shopping frenzy.
you see here will have dashes of gold or red. We Chinese consider these colours to be auspicious.
Fruits with these colours are highly sought after.
So you'll find mountains of mandarins, kumquats, pomelos - and any fruit with a shade of yellow - at Chinatown's make-shift stalls.
favourite around this time is the lap
cheong, a waxed Chinese sausage used in many
February 2007, the Chinese ushered in the Year of the Golden Pig, which occurs only once every 60 years.
But there was no respite for this little pig. It was waxed, and hung here to be picked up by some hungry Chinese New Year shopper.
make out what these crumply creatures are? Can you see the rounded beaks
and the webbed feet?
Yes, we Chinese love to eat ducks!
These ones are waxed in the traditional way. Before the fridge was invented, the Chinese waxed their poultry to preserve them.
It is supposed a delicacy for the Chinese. But I for one wouldn't even touch them!
|Chinese New Year shopping is never complete until you buy some
Chinese zodiac decoratives.
As I walked these energetic alleys, all manner of pigs stared at me - cardboard pigs, porcelain pigs, clay pigs, waxed pigs.
|These piglets make you want to smile, don't they?|
the Chinese New Year shopping season, the shops try to sell everything to everyone,
including these fridge magnets.
These ones pronounce blessings: prosperity, abundance, luck.
|Lanterns are also in abundance, again in red and gold fabrics.|
|During the Chinese New Year shopping season, many shoppers buy on impulse. And the vendors know it.
The offerings in Chinatown are amazing, with wares ranging from the essential to the ridiculous.
Fans like these ones on the left are obviously eye-catching. But I don't think the locals buy things like that during the off-season.
word 吉 (fortune), with a red base on a golden ball, is supposed to
be a very auspicious symbol.
Many folks hang these decorations up during Chinese New Year. The older folks in my family swear by them.
Each time I see these balls, though, the cynic in me begins to wonder...
If they are so auspicious, why haven't the owners become ridiculously rich yet?
So that in following years, they could afford to hang up real golden balls and S$10k notes instead?
calligrapher at work...
In a bygone era, he was a celebrity of sorts, because he doubled as a letter writer for illiterate migrant workers.
It was the only way these early immigrants could communicate with loved ones in China.
Today, he is more likely to write for a very different customer - the curious non-Chinese tourist.
Harmony at home, happiness in all things.
These scrolls would grace many Chinese homes during the Chinese New Year festivities.
Chinese New Year shopping usually involves buying some of these writings, with pronouncements of blessings.
|The House of Red Lanterns!|
|The banners on these shophouses scream at the shoppers.
These are not words of blessings; they entice shoppers to try the delicious dishes served here.
|A brightly-lit advertisement belonging to a very famous BBQ meat chain - Bee Hock Guan.|
|More words of blessings:
May your business(es) prosper!
|Yet more words of blessings.|
Chinese New Year Shopping in Singapore 2012 - Tips for Tourists
If you want to soak up the Chinese New Year
atmosphere in Singapore, visit during the 2-3 weeks
leading up to Chinese New Year's Day (1-22 Jan 2012). Head down to Chinatown's alleys - you'll see the Chinese New
Year shopping frenzy.
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