Chinese Customs Walking Tour: Birth, Marriage & Death

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On this 3-hour walking tour of Singapore's Chinatown, uncover the Chinese practices and rituals of life's major phases, including birth, marriage, and death. Your expert guide takes you through bustling streets, wet markets, a medicine hall, and a wedding shop, illuminating each stop along the way.

Begin your exciting walking tour with pickup from your Singapore hotel and travel to the historic Chinatown area. Upon arrival, stroll through the bustling streets and wet markets, exploring the stalls of livestock, vegetables, and various housewares. Spot the local delicacies normally served during Chinese celebrations and taste some sweets at a local confectionery shop.

Continue on to a medicine hall, where you learn about one of the most fundamental concepts in traditional Chinese medicine, yin and yang, and how it's applied to human anatomy and physiology. Later, at a wedding accessories shop, gain insight into Chinese wedding ceremonies and rituals, including the custom of carrying a red umbrella.

Next, your guide explains several funeral rites, such as burning paper mansions and other miniature items to ensure that a deceased spirit carries these good things into the afterlife. At the end of your tour, investigate further the many other customs that were brought to Singapore by Chinese immigrants in the 19th century, many of which are still practiced today.

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