This year we decided to join the crowd in River Hongbao at The Float Marina Bay for Chinese New Year Countdown Party. River Hongbao has it’s annual New Year Carnival (it is said as the biggest Carnival in Singapore) from 8 to 16 February 2013. There are lanterns display, street food, street performance, fireworks, and all kind of games for children and adults.
We actually wanted to see the firework display on Friday, 8 February 2013 at 8 pm. But due to the heavy rain in our home area, we decided not to go that day. I planned to see the countdown and fireworks on TV the next day (9 February 2013 which was Saturday), but lil boy said he wanted to see the firework display live at 12 midnight.
Yap, so we started our journey at 8 pm from home to the Promenade Station and walked for about 10 minutes to River Hongbao. The signs were very clear along the road, and actually we just followed the crowd to get there. There was an extended train service until 1.45 am, so we still could go home by train and arrived home at 1.30 am.
We surely had fun attending our first street carnival, and luckily the rain had just stopped when we got there. We also tried the local delicacies such as hokkian noodle, bee hoon satay, and chicken rice. Not really good for our taste actually, but it was great to eat in the big outdoor area under the sky.
Lil boy also had fun trying the amusement rides for children such as teacup, carousel, bouncy slides, and flying plane. We need 2 tokens for most rides, and each token was worth $2.5. Quite expensive I think.
Overall, we love love love this street carnival as it brought the modern and also “old school” feeling to us. Lil boy enjoyed himself so much and we were soooo…. glad to see that.
The best thing is: Admission is free!
Rides and Games