River Hongbao 2023 will have a new home. This year’s edition will be held at
Gardens by the Bay as the Floating Platform at Marina Bay is closed for an
main highlight will be the Giant Lanterns that will light up the gardens at
night. Before you head down, here is a sneak peek of the Lantersn of River Hongbao.
Giant Lanterns at the Meadows
Most of the Giant Lanterns will be found at this spot. We recommend parking at
The Meadows for easy access if you are heading here to see the lanterns.
|Entrance from Supertreee Groove Entryway|
There are 3 access points as follows
– The Meadows Carpark
– Bridge from Dragonfly lake towards The Planet (Floating Baby)
– Supertree Groove Entryway from Flower Dome
|Entrance from MBS/ Dragonfly Lake|
Welcome Arch @ Golden Garden
The Arch is near the entrance of the Visitor Center. Framed by a pair of
phoenixes, it brings blessing, peace, harmony and prosperity.
Hao Cai Tou
|Hao Cai Tou|
means good luck. Surrounded by a bunch of rabbits, it is a cute set-up for
Peace and Prosperity
The landscape of Singapore is imprinted on vases like lanterns. The vases
symbolise 瓶. This sounds like Peace in Chinese.
Entrance Arch @ The Meadows
The first lantern you will see if you enter from the Meadow is the Entrance
Arch. This grand archway is shaped like the Chinese character 吉, which signifies luck.
God of Fortune
|God of Fortune|
The God of Fortune stands stall and is probably the perennial favourite. He
holds a golden fish symbolising 年年有余.
It means abundance in wealth.
The 12 Zodiacs
In front of the God of Fortune are 3 separate displays showing the 12 Zodiacs.
|12 Zodiacs River Hongbao|
If you want to check how your Zodiac sign will perform, there are predictions
at the displays.
Since this is the year of the rabbit, it will not be surprising to see a
display dedicated to it.
Flourishing Times Ahead
A youthful interpretation of the phrase 大展宏图. This means fulfilling one’s plan. This is found near the main
Kuai Gao Zhang Da
|Kuai Gao Zhang Da|
Featuring a group of kids playing in a fantasy playground of giant toys and
giant milk bottles. It has a backdrop of 快高长大, which literally means growing taller and bigger.
A cute display with a future theme inspired by Singapore’s investment in space
and advanced technology.
Dance of Spring
|Dance of Spring|
This majestic display floating on the river features giant swans welcoming the
arrival of Spring. They are flanked by dancers in multicultural costumes.
The Great Spring Race
Everyone is family with the tale Rabbit and the Tortoise.
See the race in various lantern displays.
Night Festive Shows
|Night Festive Show|
There will be nightly festive performances on the big stage. Enjoy dance and
musical performances by Chinese cultural troupes, Getai singers and Mediacorp
|Source: River HongBao|
Carnival Games and Rides
There are also old-school carnival games and rides for kids to enjoy.
There are over 20 games and rides located at the Supertree Grove.
Food stalls will also be opened from 20 Jan 830pm onwards. Tables will be set
up for diners at the Supertree Grove.
Greetings and Blessings: Chinese New Year Cards Then and Now
|Greeting and Blessings|
Check out the CNY greeting cards from 1950s to 1970s in this exhibition.