Daily Archives: January 28, 2013

Chinese New Year in Chinatown

We went down to Chinatown last Wednesday to soak in the atmosphere. I used to visit Chinatown with my friends on the eve of Chinese New Year to squeeze with the crowd but I think we’re too old for that now.

It’s the year of the Snake and it’s hard to make a snake look cute and cuddly so the decorative items available this year are somewhat lacking in variety. But the 300m long snake made of 850 yellow lanterns slithering its way along South Bridge Rd is quite interesting, especially when lit up at night. Adam was quite impressed by the CNY decor and kept going “Waah!” at everything.

On a somewhat related note, it seems that only coloured pussy willows are available these days. I see bunches of bright pink, bright blue, bright green, etc. blooms everywhere but I really prefer the original plain ones.

red boxes lining the streets

red boxes lining the streets

funny-looking cube animals

funny-looking cube animals

god of fortune

god of fortune

melon seeds

melon seeds

snake made of boxes

snake made of boxes

big lanterns

big lanterns

lanterns and pineapples

lanterns and pineapples

stuffed snakes

stuffed snakes

another god of fortune

another god of fortune

checking out the stalls

checking out the stalls

fascinated by little dancing lion

fascinated by little dancing lion

spotted something interesting

spotted something interesting

yet another

yet another god of fortune

snake made of lanterns

snake made of lanterns

pussy willows

pussy willows

not that crowded

not that crowded

wax ducks and sausages

wax ducks and sausages

lucky fruits

lucky fruits

at night

at night

tail of the snake

tail of the snake

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