Wanted to experience the atmosphere at Chinatown Street Markets for the Rabbit year, and so I brought my kids there just before CNY! This is the map of the area.
We exited from Chinatown MRT on the downtown line and immediately we see the Chinatown Street Market right after exiting the escalator.
We went early in the morning and the crowd was still okay. Here are some of the photos how the atmosphere is like!
And here are the shops we saw.
One of the key things people buy for Chinese New Year is of course Bak Kwa, which is pretty similar to jerky. Bak Kwa comes from Fujian, China, but seems to be made popular in Singapore. When tourists come here, we usually treat them to durian and Bak Kwa. There is a pretty popular stall here at Chinatown where the queue is known to be long.
Of course if you cannot wait that long, there are other Bak Kwa shops like Fragrance and Bee Cheng Hiang too! Personally I don’t eat Bak Kwa too much so I cannot tell the difference. But you can always rely on fellow Singaporeans (and the queue length) to know which is better (or more popular)!
We also saw the yearly street decorations that change zodiac animal every new year. Here are some of them.
Also saw a group of people doing street art at Chinatown point, even inside Starbucks, and they draw really well.
Here’s wishing everyone a happy Chinese New Year! 恭喜发财!