Chinese New Year in Singapore:
River Hong Bao Carnival 2012


Celebrating Chinese New Year in Singapore 2012? The River Hong Bao Carnival is a must-do!




Planning for Chinese New Year in Singapore for 2012?

Here are some tips to get you going...

  1. Chinese New Year in 2012 falls on 23 Jan 2012.

  2. In other words, 23-24 Jan 2012 are public holidays in Singapore.

  3. So expect a lot of actions on the following days:

    • the 3 weeks leading up to 23 Jan 2012: Chinatown Light Up, Chinatown Night Markets & Stage Performances.

    • 21-29 Jan 2012: River Hong Bao Carnival.

  4. Updated!
    Chinese New Year in Singapore 2012 - A Guide to Events

 

Chinese New Year Fireworks in Singapore.

On this page:

[River Hong Bao Photo Tour]

[Tips for Tourists]

Left Photo:

Chinese New Year Fireworks at Marina Bay.

What:
River Hong Bao Carnival 2012
Street Performances, Shopping, Games, Lanterns and Fireworks.

Where:
Marina Bay Floating Platform / Esplanade Waterfront Promenade
(venue to be confirmed)

When:
21-29 Jan 2012

Getting Here:
The Carnival is a 5-minute walk from Esplanade and Promenade Station. Else, hail a taxi - except during the Chingay Parade, when the nearby roads are closed.


River Hong Bao 2007 Photo Tour

Here are some photos I took of the River Hong Bao 2007 Carnival during Chinese New Year in Singapore. River Hong Bao 2011 promises more of the same.

Chinese New Year in Singapore - Crowds at River Hong Bao.

The River Hong Bao is one of the most eagerly awaited carnivals during Chinese New Year in Singapore. The crowds here are waiting for the fireworks. In years past, the fireworks went off on many nights.

Fireworks Schedule for River Hong Bao 2012:

  1. Saturday, 21 Jan 2012, 8pm
  2. Sunday, 22 Jan 2012, 11.59pm
   

Chinese New Year in Singapore - Make a wish at the wishing tree. River Hong Bao 2007.

If you are coming from a non-Chinese community, the River Hong Bao is a great place to understand Chinese New Year customs. Not only do you see these customs in action but you also see signboards that explain what the actions symbolise.

Here, a lady is throwing a coin at one of the cards that adorn this Golden Tree. Each card carries words of blessing. Hit anyone and these blessings are yours. If you miss, try again.

If you miss yet again? Well, be comforted that the organisers pick up the coins and donate to charity.

   
Chinese New Year in Singapore - Shoppers at the River Hong Bao, buying Chinese craft.

A red piece of paper and a pair of scissors. Put them in the hands of a skilled artist and you get these intricate pieces of art.

Buy one. Or if you have the patience, make your own under the guidance of the guru.

   
Chinese New Year in Singapore - Lanterns at the River Hong Bao.

Not to be missed at River Hong Bao 2008 are the lanterns.

Here Papa and Mama Pigs are lit up with 4 little pigs. If only Singaporeans reproduce in such abundance!

   
Chinese New Year in Singapore - Photo taking at River Hong Bao.
Photo opportunities abound. What is Chinese New Year in Singapore without a picture with the Zodiac Animal of the Year?
   
Chinese New Year Animal - The Pig was the Chinese Zodiac Animal of the Year 2007.

Most of 2007 was the Year of the Pig. On 6 Feb 2008, Chinese New Year's Eve, this guy moved out of the limelight.

Visit the Lanterns' Area - you'll see lanterns representing the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac at the River Hong Bao.

   
Chinese New Year Animal 2008 - the Mouse. A lantern at River Hongbao Singapore.

At the stroke of midnight, the Mouse becomes the star of the show. Welcome the Chinese New Year Animal of 2008, the Mouse (or Rat).

   
Chinese New Year Animal 2009 - the Buffalo. A lantern at River Hongbao Singapore.
Chinese New Year Animal of 2009 - the Buffalo.
   
Chinese New Year Animal - Chinese zodiac Animal of the Year 2010, the Tiger. A lantern at River Hong Bao Singapore.
Chinese New Year Animal of 2010 - the Tiger.
   
Chinese New Year Animal 2011 - the Rabbit (or Hare). A lantern at River Hong Bao Singapore.
Chinese New Year Animal of 2011 - the Rabbit (Hare).
   
Chinese New Year Animal 2012 - the Dragon. A lantern at River Hongbao Singapore.
Chinese New Year Animal of 2012 - the Dragon.
   
Chinese New Year Animal 2013, the Snake. A lantern at River Hong Bao Singapore.

Chinese New Year Animal of 2013 - the Snake.

I know, he looks too cute here.

   
Chinese New Year Animal 2014, the Horse. A lantern at River Hong Bao Singapore.
Chinese New Year Animal of 2014 - the Horse.
   
Chinese New Year Animal 2015, the Goat. A lantern at River Hong Bao Singapore.
Chinese New Year Animal of 2015 - the Goat.
   
Chinese New Year Animal 2016, the Monkey. A lantern at River Hong Bao Singapore.
Chinese New Year Animal of 2016 - the Monkey.
   
Chinese New Year Animal 2017, the Rooster. A lantern at River Hong Bao Singapore.
Chinese New Year Animal of 2017 - the Rooster.
   
Chinese New Year Animal 2018, the Dog. A lantern at River Hong Bao Singapore.
Chinese New Year Animal of 2018 - the Dog.
 


Chinese New Year in Singapore 2012:
Tips for Tourists Celebrating

  • Remember that 23-24 Jan 2012 are Chinese New Year holidays in Singapore. Most shops are closed. If you must absolutely visit on these days, your best bet is to head for the Esplanade Park where the River Hong Bao is ongoing.

    Other destinations you could go on these days include:

    • Sentosa Island
      (Years past, Sentosa Flowers was the highlight event.)
    • Singapore Zoo
    • Jurong Bird Park
    • Little India
    • Kampong Glam (Malay-Arab Quarter)

  • If you want to soak up the Chinese New Year atmosphere in Singapore, it's better to visit within the 3 weeks leading up to Chinese New Year's Eve (1-22 Jan 2012). Head down to Chinatown to watch us shop during Chinese New Year in Singapore. Or take in one or two Chinese New Year street performances.

  • If your schedule permits, why not visit over the weekend when the Chingay Parade is held? Chingay Singapore is touted as Asia's grandest Street and Floats Parade. I must say that you won't be disappointed. Moreover, the Chingay venue is very near the River Hong Bao's.

    Chingay Parade 2011 Dates: 3 & 4 February 2012.



  • If you plan on staying near the River Hong Bao venue, consider these hotels:

    Within 5 minutes' walk:

    Marina Bay Luxury Hotels
    :
    Swissotel The Stamford, Fairmont Hotel, Marina Mandarin, Mandarin Oriental, The Pan Pacific, Ritz Carlton Millenia, Conrad International Centennial

    North Bridge Road Hotels
    :
    Luxury: Raffles Hotel
    Mid-range: Peninsula Excelsior Hotel, Grand Plaza Park Hotel

    Esplanade Drive
    :
    The Fullerton Hotel

    More about these hotels...

    Within 15 minutes' walk:

    Victoria St / Queen St:
    Mid-range: Allson Hotel, Hotel Royal Queens, Carlton Hotel
    Affordable: Victoria Hotel

    More cheap hotels near River Hongbao...


    Compare hotel rates from multiple websites:

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Related to the River Hong Bao Carnival

pointer Chinese New Year 2011 - Summary of Events

pointer Chingay Parade 2011

pointer Chinese New Year Shopping - Chinatown Night Markets

pointer Chinese New Year Street Performances @ Chinatown Singapore

pointer Chinese New Year Fireworks 2008





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