What does Year of the Pig signify?
The year of the Pig symbolises luck, overall good fortune, wealth, honesty, general prosperity and rewards. A vibrant and innovative Piglet-themed light-up, conceptualised and designed by Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), will adorn the main streets of Chinatown. The street light-up along South Bridge Road will see rows of lanterns forming a giant Spring and the auspicious Carp, a beautiful sight from an aerial view.
The main cultural traditions are Malay, Indian, Chinese, and to some extent Western (British):
2. Duty-free Regulations – if you bought cigarattes from where you flew in from, prepare to pay a tax on them when you enter, there’s no concessions on any duty free items.
3. Transport: There’s a subway station at most corners and you can count its reliability, taxis and even Uber run at inflated rates – never pre-negotiate fares if offered.
4. Airbnb Rentals Are Illegal.
5. Free Wifi is everywhere but shotty connection speeds vary due to the demand in the common public malls, museums and spaces you’ll find a network to connect to. Worst case scenario, tourism SIM cards are available at 7-Eleven.
6. Drinking: Water from taps is safe to drink, public consumption of alcohol is restricted at certain times.
7. Getting a glimpse of real Singaporean life: Hawker / Food Courts (“Kopi-tiams”) are a great affordable way to sample the local cuisine, a visit out into the residential districts will give you real insight into how the locals live.
Those hunting for high-spirited entertainment can catch the Chinatown Nightly Stage Shows at Kreta Ayer Square, a popular gathering point for local Chinese communities and also home to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. Rhythmic drumming and clashing of cymbals will lead visitors to the Lion Dance Competition on 26 January 2019 that will wow the crowd with heart-stopping displays of skilful stunts and intricate manoeuvres. The competition is a rare chance to witness the most renowned and prolific troupes from Singapore and around Asia Pacific pit themselves against one another to vie for the grand title of ‘King of the Lions’.
Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party, with appearances by local celebrities, culminating in a rousing display of fireworks
Chinatown Walking Trail, a free expedition covering Kreta Ayer Road, Sago Street, Pagoda Street, and New Bridge Road
Chingay @ Chinatown, the largest street performance and float parade in Asia will make an appearance on the 15th day of Chinese New Year