5 things to check out at River Hongbao

This year’s River Hongbao not only celebrates Chinese New Year but also Singapore’s Golden Jubilee.  

5 things to check out at River Hongbao
5 things to check out at River Hongbao
11 Mar 2015

5 things to check out at River Hongbao

Photos: Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations

The annual River Hongbao is back – and it’s bigger and better.

Held at The Float @ Marina Bay from February 17 to 28, the 12-day carnival which features the largest local lantern display to date, will not only celebrate Chinese New Year but also Singapore’s 50 years of independence.

With SG50-themed lantern displays and performances, visitors can “relive fond memories of how we celebrate Lunar New Year since independence”.

River Hongbao opens from 2pm to 11pm daily, except on the eve of Chinese New Year, when it will closes at 1am. Admission is free.

Read on for more on what you can expect at River Hongbao.

5 things to check out at River Hongbao
5 things to check out at River Hongbao
11 Mar 2015

5 things to check out at River Hongbao

SG50 Giant Mural Wall

The larger-than-life lanterns are the highlight of every River Hongbao and taking centrestage this year is the SG50 Giant Mural Wall.

Measuring 50 metres long, the mural wall illustrating the Singapore skyline showcases significant milestones in 50 years of nation-building. There will also be other SG50-themed lanterns featuring Singapore icons such as the dragon playground, Singapore Sling and the New World Amusement Park.

With more than 60 handcrafted lanterns on show at River Hongbao, this year’s lantern display is the largest yet in its 29-year history. Other familiar favourites include the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac and 18-metre tall God of Fortune.

5 things to check out at River Hongbao
5 things to check out at River Hongbao
11 Mar 2015

5 things to check out at River Hongbao

Photo exhibition

Apart from lanterns, there will also be a photo exhibition to commemorate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee.

The "Reliving the Past, Welcoming the New Year" exhibition features more than 230 photos of how Singaporeans used to celebrate Chinese New Year in the past.

Among the photos are those featuring Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong carrying his daughter to view the Chingay Parade along Orchard Road, and Singapore’s pioneer Lim Boon Keng and his family having their reunion dinner. 

Comprehensive guide tours will be provided by students.

5 things to check out at River Hongbao
5 things to check out at River Hongbao
11 Mar 2015

5 things to check out at River Hongbao

Tightrope-walking performances

If heart-stopping stunts are your thing, be sure to catch the gravity-defying performances by tightrope-walkers from Xinjiang’s Autonomous Region.

For the first six nights of River Hongbao (Feb 17-22), Guinness World Record holders Adili Wuxor and Abulaiti-Maijun from the Acrobatic Troupe of Xinjiang China will perform stunts on a 80-metre long steel wire at a height of at least 20 metres.

Apart from tightrope-walking displays, visitors will also be treated to performances by singers and dancers from Xinjiang Normal University and National Taiwan University of Physical Education and Sport.

Visit the River Hongbao website for the timings of the tightrope-walking performances.

5 things to check out at River Hongbao
5 things to check out at River Hongbao
11 Mar 2015

5 things to check out at River Hongbao

Food street

Unlike previous years when delicacies of different provinces in China are showcased at the food street, this year, the focus will be on local cuisine. Featuring 60 local food stalls, the food street is the biggest yet for River Hongbao.

Visitors will not only be able to savour mouth-watering dishes but also learn about their origins and interesting stories behind of some of Singapore’s favourite foods such as Hainanese Chicken Rice, Yong Tau Foo, Bak Ku Teh and Laksa, from panels on display.

5 things to check out at River Hongbao
5 things to check out at River Hongbao
11 Mar 2015

5 things to check out at River Hongbao

Fireworks display

It may only happen twice during the carnival every year, but the fireworks displays are no doubt a crowd favourite and a sight to behold at River Hongbao.

Apart from the light-up ceremony on February 17, visitors can catch also the colourful pyrotechnics displays during the Chinese New Year countdown on February 18. 


5 things to check out at River Hongbao
5 things to check out at River Hongbao
11 Mar 2015

5 things to check out at River Hongbao

Peacock lantern at the seating gallery at The Float @ Marina Bay 

5 things to check out at River Hongbao
5 things to check out at River Hongbao
11 Mar 2015

5 things to check out at River Hongbao

18-metre tall God of Fortune

5 things to check out at River Hongbao
5 things to check out at River Hongbao
11 Mar 2015

5 things to check out at River Hongbao

A lantern about food is a must when Singapore's national pastime is eating. This one is titled "So Shiok!"

5 things to check out at River Hongbao
5 things to check out at River Hongbao
11 Mar 2015

5 things to check out at River Hongbao

Lanterns on the 12 animals of the zodiac

5 things to check out at River Hongbao
5 things to check out at River Hongbao
11 Mar 2015

5 things to check out at River Hongbao

Wishing Well lantern

Wishing Well lantern

5 things to check out at River Hongbao
5 things to check out at River Hongbao
11 Mar 2015

5 things to check out at River Hongbao

Guest of honour Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean at the River Hongbao light-up ceremony on February 17.

5 things to check out at River Hongbao
5 things to check out at River Hongbao
11 Mar 2015

5 things to check out at River Hongbao

Uyghur traditional dance by the Muqam Troupe of Xinjiang Normal University Music Institute

5 things to check out at River Hongbao
5 things to check out at River Hongbao
11 Mar 2015

5 things to check out at River Hongbao

Apart from performances by overseas performing troupes, visitors will also be treated to an exciting line-up of programmes featuring different themes including "Getai Night", "Xinyao Night" and "TV Drama Theme Songs Night" throughout the 12-day event. 

5 things to check out at River Hongbao
5 things to check out at River Hongbao
11 Mar 2015

5 things to check out at River Hongbao

Guest of honour at the light-up ceremony DPM Teo Chee Hean (centre) touring the carnival. With him are Chairman of River Hongbao 2015 organising committee and MP for Holland-Bukit timah GRC, Liang Eng Hwa (left) and Minister of State for Education, Sim Ann (right).

5 things to check out at River Hongbao
5 things to check out at River Hongbao
11 Mar 2015

5 things to check out at River Hongbao

The Giant Pine Tree lantern 

5 things to check out at River Hongbao
5 things to check out at River Hongbao
11 Mar 2015

5 things to check out at River Hongbao

5 things to check out at River Hongbao
5 things to check out at River Hongbao
11 Mar 2015

5 things to check out at River Hongbao

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