River Hongbao: What It Is and Where You Should Stay
Vibrant and colorful, Singapore is a spectacular destination for travelers to see and experience, no matter the season. However, at various times of the year, there are certain events that really make Singapore come alive. River Hongbao is one such event.
Wondering what the River Hongbao is about? An annual celebration that ushers in the Chinese New Year, River Hongbao is an event held at Marina Bay in Singapore. Founded in 1986, River Hongbao has become incredibly popular over the years, flooding Singapore’s streets with locals and visitors eager to celebrate this vivid festival of colour.
What to do at River Hongbao
So, why do so many people come to celebrate this event? As a celebration of all things Chinese, River Hongbao showcases the best in Chinese culture. Whether that’s delectable dishes or exquisite art, this is the place to experience it all.
Not to be missed are the festival’s amazing lanterns. Depicting figures from myth and legend, these larger-than-life lanterns are a sight to behold. Keep an eye out for ever-popular depictions of the God of Fortune, as well as the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.
Watch as these beautiful lanterns are created by skilled craftsmen from China, or head over to Handicraft Street to watch impressive demonstrations of calligraphy and paper cutting, and discover a display of stunningly intricate hand-crafted items, such as jewellery and costumes.
As you wander and explore, you’ll see acrobats and artists, singers and street performers, each playing to the crowds. If you’re lucky, you may even see the mesmerising lion dance as it enthralls onlookers.
Getting hungry? Food is most definitely a part of River Hongbao Singapore, allowing visitors to sample mouth-watering dishes from all over China. Meanwhile, for the kids, there are amusement rides and carnival attractions, ensuring all in the family enjoy this memorable event.
But of course, there is one more thing River Hongbao is known for. Fireworks! Creating astounding displays of colour and wonder, fireworks light up the sky during the River Hongbao opening night, and the Chinese New Year Countdown party.
Where to stay at River Hongbao
Held each year at the Float @ Marina Bay, River Hongbao offers the best experience to those staying close by. This year, visitors can make the most of the River Hongbao celebrations by staying close to the action at The Fullerton Hotel.
Luxuriously elegant, The Fullerton Hotel places guests in the heart of the action, while providing a sanctuary from the crowds at the end of each long day. Featuring an exquisite range of beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, this gorgeous hotel embraces the many charms of a bygone era, while offering all the modern conveniences of a contemporary hotel.
Situated in the Fullerton Building, The Fullerton Hotel is a destination with a fascinating past. Now a National Monument, the Fullerton Building once held Singapore’s General Post Office, the Exchange Room and Exchange Reference Library, and the prestigious Singapore Club.
Looking for a hotel with cultural significance for the cultural celebration of River Hongbao? The Fullerton Hotel may just be the perfect choice.