My Trip

Singapore Information

Hotel Quick Finder | Select the date of your stay
  • Chinese New Year in Singapore

    Singapore Events & Festivals


    Gong Xi Fa Cai! Singapore's a great place to celebrate the Chinese New Year. During this celebration amidst fun and festivities, cymbals clashing and lions dancing, the island ushers in the new year under the relevant Chinese zodiac sign.

  • Most Booked Hotels
    in Singapore
    Guest Rating From
    1. Royal Plaza on Scotts 4.4/ 5
    2. Carlton Hotel Singapore 4.0/ 5
    3. Mandarin Orchard Singapore 4.1/ 5
    4. Peninsula Excelsior Hotel 3.7/ 5
    5. Furama RiverFront 3.9/ 5
    6. PARKROYAL on Beach Road 4.1/ 5
    7. Park Regis Singapore 4.2/ 5
    8. ibis Singapore On Bencoolen 4.1/ 5
  • Singapore River Hong Bao Carnival

    Chinatown isn't the only place to celebrate New Year. The annual Singapore River Hong Bao carnival, held at Marina Promenade is also worth a visit. The River Hong Bao is a huge and lively fair, featuring a mind-boggling variety of food, traditional arts and folklore from ancient China. You will find the entire fairground decorated with floats of mythical creatures, legendary heroes, Chinese gods, pagodas and cherry blossoms. Visiting performers, artisans and craftsmen, flown in from select provinces in China perform nightly cultural performances, displaying their skills in everything from acrobatics to finger painting to Chinese calligraphy.

    You can even have your palm read, or get a special Chinese zodiac reading of your birth sign. If you were born in the Year of the Snake, for instance, you may be told that you have much wisdom and place great trust on your own intellect. You are determined, and rarely need to worry about money.

    Take a walk in Chinatown

    The hub of all activity during New Year of course, is Chinatown. Sense the excitement in the air in this historic quarter weeks before the New Year, as enterprising merchants line Terengganu Street and Pagoda Street with their colourful stalls. Get your traditional New Year cookies, like love letters, here. Or buy pussy willow, red-paper decorations or baskets of mandarins for good luck. If you're married and want to join in an age-old tradition, get some hong bao -- small red envelopes -- to give to those who are young and single. Don't forget to slip in some dollar notes in the Hong bao before you give it away...

    Chingay Away!

    The Chingay Parade is the biggest parade in Singapore. Originating as a procession to mark the Chinese New Year festivities, the parade has evolved into an international event, featuring everything from Taiwanese acrobats to salsa dancers. Chingay features hundreds of performers from all over the world. For 2001, the parade took place on February 10, with a preview-cum-rehearsal the day before. The procession wound its way from City Hall to Suntec City in the heart of the civic district. Besides featuring traditional Chinese dragon and lion dances and acrobatics, Chingay has become a showcase of Singapore's multiracial and international character.

    In past years, renowned performing troupes have hailed from Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia and Korea. Another traditional staple of Chingay is the spectacular floats, which use everything from the most delicate orchids to the latest computer technology. Chingay is truly when Chinese New Year in Singapore becomes an all-out, multi-national party. Don't miss it!

Hotel Quick Finder | Select the date of your stay

Download our free travel guide

Get access to our free travel guides of the best things to do, see and visit, the best restaurants, shops and places to go at night too! All the important basics such weather and travel tips for your first trip are in there.

Print it out to carry around, save it on your phone or use it when you arrive. Just enter your details to get your free PDF Travel Guide and also add you to our free Asia Web Direct Travel Club Newsletter.

Talk to us!

Help us keep this site up-to-date by sending us your comments:

  • - Tell us if something is not right, outdated or closed
  • - Suggest your restaurant, bar or shop
  • - Tell what you would like to see in this website