Looking for an all-encompassing guide on how to celebrate CNY 2021 in Singapore? You have clicked on the right page! In this article, we hope to share with you the best places to visit, things to do, shows to watch and Yusheng to try. In a few minutes, you would be armed with The Complete Guide for CNY 2021 Weekend in Singapore.
3 Best Places to Go to for CNY 2021 in Singapore
SEA Aquarium ‘Spring in the Sea’
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The S.E.A. Aquarium Singapore has always been a popular holiday attraction. In this CNY, spend your day at the world’s largest oceanarium where you’d be surrounded by 100,000 marine animals. Engulf yourself in the blue hues of the aquarium as you watch the marine life interacting with their habitat.
Get into the festive mood by following the Trail of Fortune! Here, you can chance upon gold ingots hidden throughout the sea life habitat. While a dragon dance is unlikely to be seen inside an aquarium, you can still find mythical sea dragon installations. Capture your perfect holiday shot here.
Parents can bring their kids to stick scales at the DIY Dragon wall and complete the dragon mural. The cherry on the cake is the free treat of a corndog, popcorn or manta ray-cut cookies! This is given to every customer holding an all-day ticket purchase. Discover more here.
Dahlia Dreams @ Garden by the Bay
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Gardens by the Bay is back with yet another exquisite floral display in this time of the festive season. The annual Dahlia Dreams, with its auspicious elements and symbols, is a great way to welcome the brand new year of the Ox. It features over 2,000 dahlias of mixed varieties, grown in-house by the Garden’s own horticulturists. You can also spot the usual auspicious blooms of Chrysanthemum, Azalea and Celosia.
The moon gate entrance to the garden is a spectacular red dome, covered with 200 lanterns, and serving as an ideal instagrammable spot. While you are there, don’t miss out on the 12 animal zodiac signs to learn the fortunes of your zodiac animal for CNY 2021! Lastly, keep your eyes peeled for the ‘Legend of Nian’ lion dance. It is believed to chase away evil spirits and welcome good fortune and wealth. Check out more details here.
Chinatown CNY Celebrations
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The best way to settle into this festive season is to visit the ethnic-Chinese district of Chinatown. Don’t miss out on the impressive street light exhibition from 23rd January to 12th March, 7pm-12mn.
CNY 2021’s light designs feature sculpted ox lanterns, golden ingots, flowers and greetings, that frame a picturesque Chinatown. The red lanterns, a symbol of luck and prosperity, adorn the streets and are the highlight of the ambience. You could also check out the festive street bazaars as well as the online activities on Chinatown Festivals’ social media pages.
Ideas on Celebrating CNY 2021 in Phase 3
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Gather your squad of 8 and have a ‘Toss to Prosperity’ as you indulge in Amara’s sumptuous eight-course menu. Headlined by their smoked salmon yusheng, the CNY 2021 menu also features their delectable poached king prawn, braised abalone and steamed garoupa. With two set meals to choose from, this promotion is available for lunch or dinner, from 11th to 18 February. Due to the COVID-19 situation, remember to keep your face masks on during the tossing of your yusheng. Click here to book your CNY meal with Amara.
Amara also serves as a multifunctional venue for intimate gatherings. Tucked away in the Sentosa Islands, rejuvenate in rooms, suites and villas. Escape away by booking yourself a treat in this luxury resort for your CNY weekend.
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Phase 3 cannot rain on the parade of a close gathering with your friends or family. Book a private space with Hyperspace and enjoy the convenience of the many amenities it provides. Furnished with mood lighting, a projector, comfortable bean bags and card games, use this space to throw a new year party, have movie marathons or play card games all day long. Click here to book their event space now.
Check out These Netflix Movie Recommendations for CNY
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What better way to relish this time of the year than to enjoy a classic martial arts movie! This 2008 martial arts masterpiece is inspired by the real IP Man, the teacher of Bruce Lee. IP Man is set in the era of the Sino-Japanese war and features Donnie Yen as the lead. Garnering widespread acclaim for the plot and the martial arts choreography, this action-packed movie is a highly satisfying watch with your family. If you get into the mood, you also have the option to continue your movie marathon by watching IP Man 2 and IP Man 3, both also available on Netflix.
Crazy Rich Asians
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If you couldn’t get enough of the Crazy Rich Asians during their theatrical release in 2018, you can now revisit this film from the comfort of your home through Netflix. The acclaimed romantic comedy drew local attention with its setting of Singapore as many were interested to see the depiction of the lion city through the lens of a major production house. The marina skyline and other exuberant houses often set the backdrop for this movie as the films follow actors Constance Wu and Henry Golding in their quest for love and familial acceptance from some of the richest Asian families in the world. The film caught many eyeballs with its majority Asian cast and it’s the perfect feel-good film to relax into for your CNY weekend.
Unique Yusheng you Need to Try
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And now to the important part … the delectables. Hua Ting restaurant is creating some buzz by dishing out a uniquely ox-shaped yusheng for CNY 2021. Hua Ting’s menu features different variants of the yusheng, from the traditional whole abalone to a healthier organic version, to meet everyone’s tastes. The price is also reasonable for $78 (small) and $138 (big). Remember to keep your face masks on and keep the “lohei” quiet, in line with the MOH regulations during COVID-19. To learn more about their CNY promotions, check out their custom Lunar New Year set menus here, which are available from 11 January to 26 February for lunch and dinner timings.
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Looking for a meatier option? Check out Fat Cow’s Wagyu beef yusheng for a more indulgent meal. An eccentric take on the yusheng, which is usually made up of shredded vegetables, raw fish, and other sauces and condiments, the Japanese restaurant puts forward a beef version, their speciality. Famous for their handpicked selection of the finest Wagyu from around the world, try an unconventional yusheng experience this CNY 2021. Check out their beef rendition here.
As we bid farewell to the rat and welcome the Year of the Ox, remember to stay safe as you partake in the various Chinese New Year activities. Following the MOH guidelines, limit each household visit or gathering to 8 members and keep your mask on at all times when outdoors. Let’s start off the year on a happier and healthier note. Happy CNY!