Chinatown Trip on Chinese New Year

There are 74.2% Chinese people living in Singapore, and with that big chunk in population, the local culture is definitely in many ways Chinese.

You will surely know that it’s the season for celebration when you see beautifully decorated red lanterns in every street corner, mandarin orange or kumquat trees displayed in shopping malls, and eateries are prepping the traditional Yu Sheng (a.k.a. Lo Hei or Prosperity Toss) platter for family reunion dinners.

My family have been to Chinatown several times but not during Chinese New Year so we went on a quick trip downtown to eat Chinese cuisine, take some snapshots and hopefully see a Lion Dance in the street. We are guessing that there is nowhere else to find the best festive vibe but in Chinatown.

On this trip, I used a very helpful map from Mothercare Singapore and it came with suggested itinerary designed for families with younger kids, especially those using a pram. There is another useful Chinatown map from that can help plan your route around the area.

It’s the Year of the Goat! Lanterns galore along New Bridge Road. Let’s see how it will look like later at night.

The colorful shophouses along South Bridge Road.

The Budhha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Sago St.

Souvenir shops in Pagoda Street.

More shops in Temple Street.

Chinese Calligraphy shops. They can give your English name its equivalent Chinese name and write it in Calligraphy then have it framed in an instant.


I so wanted to take my family to great dim sum and dumpling places in Chinatown that night but both shops I know were closed so we head back to Pagoda St. and dined at this inviting Si Chuan Restaurant.


Big appetite! Check out the food on our table.

Pig Trotters with Wintemelon

Eggplant with Garlic

Believe it or not, this is the Fried Chicken on their menu… to us, it’s Kung Pao Chicken.

Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs

Gold and Silver Mantao

It was a very delicious Sichuan dinner and we finished just in time to see the lanterns lighted at night. Look!



We did not see any Lion Dance on the street but we were satisfied with our dinner and we had fun walking the streets of a dressed up Chinatown. I really hope our new year will all be as perky and bright as the lanterns in Chinatown. Wishing everyone a prosperous year ahead!

Kung Hei Fat Choy!
Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Happy Chinese New Year!

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