As part of our Chinese New Year celebrations to usher in the Year of the Horse, the boy and I decided to sign up for the FREE Chinatown CNY Walking Trail and were very fortunate to secure the last remaining slots of the last tour! The last tour was held on the last Sunday before CNY, which meant that we had to be both physically and mentally prepared to be part of the chaos and squeeze with the madding crowd! What had we gotten ourselves into?
Coming to very close proximity with the hordes of people and getting stepped on aside, we were both delighted to be able to bask in the festive ambiance and experience the essence of Chinese New Year at its core. As a non-friendly crowd couple, I must admit that we tend to run the other direction and escape from the crowd whenever it is possible but I’m glad that we stuck it out and had the chance to feast our eyes on an amazing array of CNY goodies! Our volunteer guide did a good job in explaining to us the significance of some of the CNY traditions and items, e.g. red packets, nian gao, bak kwa, golden decorations and peony flowers. Would highly recommend anyone who’s keen to learn more about these interesting anecdotes of the Chinese New Year history and traditions to sign up for the tour next year. It’s free (our fav 4-letter word)! 🙂
Note: You might like to check out Chinatown Festivals for the upcoming programmes and events.