Celebrating Singapore’s Chinese New Year at River Hongbao

by Mar 13, 2019

Are we going to see the fireworks this year?

Yeah, but at River Hongbao in the Marina…

River Hongbao Chinese New Year tl;dr

  • February 3rd through the 10th,  2019
  • Free Venue Right On the Water
  • A Lot of Firework Displays

It was Chinese New Year again and this time we were able to spend some of it in Singapore. Unlike some previous years, we ventured out into the hot and humid weather in search of things that went bump, or rather, exploded in the night; FIREWORKS!

Singapore River Hongbao CNY 2019 Dragon LanternDragon Lantern Entrance

What Is It

We went on the 2nd to last day of the 8 day River Hongbao 2019 Chinese New Year of the Pig Bicentennial nighttime festival. Initially we went to watch fireworks, but I knew that if we waited till the last firework display that we would be rewarded with a 10 minute non stop sky full of bright luminescence.

Singapore River Hongbao CNY 2019 Nadia and JM with Peacock LanternNadia and I with the Peacock Lantern

Where Is It

The festival was held on the Float and surrounding area near Esplanade MRT.  On that side of the Marina area the views overlook Marina Bay Sands hotel and Singapore’s iconic cityscape.

We took the bus to get there and walked a short distance, but you can easily get here by MRT also. Of course you can always take a car and get dropped off right there but where’s the fun in that.

Singapore River Hongbao CNY 2019 Locals LanternLarge Singapore Cultural Lantern

What To Do

  • Carnival rides
  • Cultural performances
  • Celebratory dishes
  • Demonstrations and Exhibits
  • Lanterns and History
  • A Little Bit of Everything for Everyone
Singapore River Hongbao CNY 2019 Lantern ManLarge Towering Lanter
Singapore River Hongbao CNY 2019 Nadia with Rat LanternNadia with Her Rat Lantern
Singapore River Hongbao CNY 2019 JM with Ram LanternMe with the Ram Lantern
Singapore River Hongbao CNY 2019 Fish LanterFish Lantern

Fireworks

There was so much to see and do, but the real reason we came was for the fireworks! Throughout the night there were a total of 3 displays; two 1 minute displays and one final 10 minute coup de grace!

Singapore River Hongbao CNY 2019 Firework 08

Singapore River Hongbao CNY 2019 Firework 07

Singapore River Hongbao CNY 2019 Firework 06

Singapore River Hongbao CNY 2019 Firework 05

Singapore River Hongbao CNY 2019 Firework 04

Singapore River Hongbao CNY 2019 Firework 03

Singapore River Hongbao CNY 2019 Firework 02

Singapore River Hongbao CNY 2019 Firework 01

See You in 2020!

Hopefully we’ll be here next year for Chinese New Year of the Rat!

River Hongbao Chinese New Year

 

How do you like to celebrate Chinese New Year?

You're going to eat, you might as well eat something tasty.
 
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