River Hongbao is an annual event during Chinese New Year at Marina Bay Singapore. The first ever River Hongbao started in 1986 by collaborating with Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Association which now has become an annual event. This year’s River Hongbao will mark the 33rd and the second century of it. Starting from 3 February to 10 February, 2019, make sure you won’t miss it!

Be it because of the lion dances or the foods that make you drool, River Hongbao will surely satisfies you. There will be a lot of giant lantern performances with all kinds of shapes and sizes. Among them, the favourite lantern is no other than the God of Fortune and the 12 animals from the Chinese Zodiac.

God of Fortune

Here, you will be able to also watch opera and acrobat shows and local and foreign arts exhibitions. Immerse in the Tiongkok culture in Singapore by joining in this rousing   and cultural celebration. For a souvenir, you will find numerous kiosks that sell complicated Chinese handcrafts such as calligraphy and stamps. Don’t miss the Outdoor Food Street to try about 30 different Chinese food that will make you want more. Some of the food served there will be pork dishes, satay, roasted duck and squid. You may bring your children along because there will be carnivals with many attractions. Have fun!

A new year is never complete without a firework show. During Hongbao Opening Night and Chinese New Year Countdown Party, the very anticipated fireworks will be launched!

Chinese new year fireworks

Reported by Strait Times, the firework shows this year will be presented by award winners of arts from Australia, China, Italia and United States of America.

This 12 minutes fireworks (the longest one in Singapore’s annual CYN) will take place for 4 nights (3,4,9 and 10 February) with different themes.

lanterns during chino new year

One of the main spotlight of this event is the interactive exhibition, “Junk Boat”, that will showcase 700 years of Singapore’s history. Curated by Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and Singapore Bicentennial Office. This exhibition will show three minutes animation that explore the history of Singapore from 1820 to 1920 with detailed colours.

This year, there will be many insta-worthy spots thanks to the dragon installation that is arranged to look like the number 200 as its main entrance.

River Hongbao 2019 will be held at The Float @ Marina Bay on 3-10 February at 14:00 to 23:00. The opening hours will be extended to 01:00 on the night of Chinese New Year on 4 February. This event is FREE! For further information, visit www.riverhongbao.sg.

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