It is the Lunar New Year (a.k.a. Chinese New Year) period in Singapore, and festivities in town are in full swing.

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Chinese New Year countdown fireworks at Chinatown

The anchor attraction of the Chinese New Year period is the River Hongbao, held annually at The Float, Marina Bay (a.k.a. Marina Reservoir.) The Float is a really large floating platform that frequently hosts major events, including the National Day Parade. This year, River Hongbao has brought in something quite different: Specially choreographed fireworks sequences from China. There would typically be fireworks on the opening and closing nights of the River Hongbao installation. This time round, the fireworks will be going off at 9pm nightly until Feb 14th, so for all of you who have yet to visit, this would be a really good reason to come on by.

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Fireworks. Usually includes fire.

Many people would be somewhat turned off by the truly massive crowds.

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Yes. Crowds.

For those who just wish to view the fireworks and not wrestle too much with the crowds, it is my recommendation to head to the grandstand just outside The Float from the Esplanade. This allows you to bypass the major crowds that you would be pushing through if approaching from the Bayfront/Marina Bay Sands side.

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Supertrees at Gardens By The Bay

In addition to River Hongbao, the Gardens By The Bay is also running the Garden Rhapsody by the Supertree Grove. These giant artificial tree-like structures will be lit up and playing music in tandem with rhythmic lights. While undoubtedly less spectacular than the fireworks show, it is definitely worth a visit if you happen to be in the area.

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