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Despite its humble beginnings as a trading colony of Great Britain in the year 1819, Singapore has managed to develop into one of the most prosperous cities in Southeast Asia. There is no law that an Asian city cannot be run efficiently and Singapore is proof of just that. There are very few cities in Asia that can boast of offering tourists with the ethnic mix that Singapore has to offer. It is a beautiful mix of Chinese, Indian, Muslim and western influences and is also known to be one of the greatest eating capitals in the world.

Singapore might be small in its size, but its GDP ranks among the wealthiest countries of the world and it also boasts of an extremely rich culture. It is quite easy to get lost in the cosmopolitan sights and the gleaming skyscrapers of the central business district and the lovely Marina bay, but the real Singapore has a lot more on offer. In order to truly experience the city and its culture, tourists need to venture down into its ethnic neighbourhoods such as Little India and Chinatown and embark on tours of its lush green rainforests. Those looking for big brands and shopping galore would freak out in Orchard Road and those looking for historical sights would love sites like the Thian Hock Keng temple.

The food here is simply great and the hundreds of restaurants and cafes in the city thrive on its food crazy population. Whether you prefer world cuisines or choose local delicacies, you are offered with an exciting array of tastes and dishes that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. Singapore also boasts of a magnificent nightlife and drinking and dancing late into the night is quite common in the various nightclubs and pubs of the city


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Singapore holidays - Top Places To Go

 
1. Raffles Hotel
1 Beach Road
www.raffleshotel.com
What is it? The Raffles Hotel is a grand Victorian edifice rising from the pavements of the colonial district. Its elegant charm has enticed writers and entertainers such as Somerset Maugham, Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad and Charlie Chaplin. Singapore Slings have become the hallmark of the Long Bar. Here ceiling fans whirr above the heads of expatriates and tourists as they sip smart cocktails in superb comfort. The Tiffin Room is best known for its afternoon teas and sumptuous Saturday night buffets. Gin and tonics alongside the odd game of snooker can be enjoyed at the Bar & Billiard. Other distractions include an upper-level museum containing vignettes and photographs on the lives of Charlie Chaplin, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Noel Coward, as well as a Victorian-style playhouse and numerous specialty shops and restaurants. Hours of Operation: Phone:6337 1886

 

 

2. Chinatown

What is it? Chinatown is set against the backdrop of Singapore's modern infrastructure and the prosperous financial district. It is a crowded and colourful network of streets and alleyways contained by Upper Pickering Street, Cantonment Road, New Bridge and South Bridge Road. The area is a receptacle of traditional Chinese customs that were carried by the communities in Chinese Junks from the provinces of Guangdong and Fujian to Singapore in the early 19th century. Temples, terraces, markets and shops still provide a glimpse of the old ways but much of its original character has been lost in the redevelopment of the past 30 years. Yixing Xuan's Teahouse provides a fascinating insight into the ancient, ritualistic art of tea-making while a visit to the Thian Hock Keng Temple leaves one in awe of Chinese traditions of worship and symbolism. The streets of the district offer traditional healing practices. Here snake skins are blended with herbs and spices to produce powerful potions for various ailments. Brightly coloured exotic fruit interject the marketplace with lively displays of Rambutan, Durian and Mangosteen. The streets are a delight for bargain hunters looking to buy kimonos, jewellery, t-shirts, pottery and traditional crafts. Tanjong Pagar is the area best known for its traditional crafts such as painted masks, paper umbrellas, clogs and kites. Electronic goods, luggage, textiles and other more conventional products can be found in Chinatown's modern section located at the intersection of Cross, New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Street. Hours of Operation: Phone:

 

 

3. Little India

www.littleindia.com.sg
What is it? The first Indian settlers arrived with Sir Stamford Raffles in the early 19th century, bringing with them colourful silks, aromatic spices, incense and other accoutrements of Indian culture. They worked on the roads and helped build the infrastructure of the city, settling within the ethnic enclave that has become known as Little India. The area is delineated by the north-south Serangoon Road, which runs parallel to Race Course Road. Its eastern end stretches to Jalan Besar. Temples, fortune-tellers, busy restaurants, stirring curry spices, jasmine garlands and the exotic hues of silk saris fill the vibrant streets to create a colourful ensemble. Little India is at its best during the Hindu Festival of Lights when the area is festooned with decorative lighting displays. Hours of Operation: Phone:

 

 


Singapore holidays - Top Events

 

1. Thaipusam

From 2007-02-01

To 2007-02-01
 

What is it? Thaipusam is a Hindu festival in honour of Lord Subramaniam, son of Shiva, and is a day of purification and penance during which devotees make offerings of thanks for blessings received through fulfilment of vows. The festival centres on the two-mile (4km) procession of penitents who carry 'kavadis' (large wood or metal frames) hung with offerings such as milk, honey or flowers and decorated with bells and peacock feathers. These loaded shrines are gruesomely supported by heavy spikes, hooks and barbs driven into their bodies, and some participants pierce their tongues and cheeks with skewers and spikes. Supporters will gather around the devotees chanting prayers and encouraging them along the way. Devotees undergo a period of spiritual preparation before the procession and enter a trance-like state in order to tolerate the pain involved. Where is it? Procession from Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple to Sri Thendayuthapani Temple

 

 

2. Singapore Arts Festival

From 2007-05-26

To 2007-06-24
 

What is it? Recognised as one of Asia's top arts festivals, the Singapore Arts Festival is a celebration of dance, drama and music from around the world, embracing classical as well as the avant-garde, cultural diversity and the latest in artistic innovation. Audiences are treated to performances of creative freedom, from ballet to street shows within the Festival Village and on the fringes, as well as workshops and talks in venues throughout the city. Where is it? Various

 

 

3. Chinese Lunar New Year

From 2007-02-16

To 2007-02-25
 

What is it? Lunar New Year is the most important festival in the Chinese calendar and is a time to exchange well wishes and gifts of good fortune. The streets of Chinatown become lit with red lanterns, twinkling lights and elaborate decorations, fireworks colour the sky and busy street bazaar stalls are laden with Chinese delicacies and symbols of prosperity and good luck. Part of the festivities is the Chingay Parade, the largest and grandest street procession in the country, which is a multi-cultural and cosmopolitan parade featuring some of the finest performing groups from around the world. This colourful event presents lavishly decorated floats, stilt-walkers, lion dancers, fire jugglers, and music performances. Another annual New Year extravaganza is the River Hong Bao, which is a cultural event including a range of performances from top national artists, as well as art and craft stalls and floats; spectacular fireworks displays take place on the opening and closing nights. Where is it? Chinatown (Parade in Orchard Road, River HongBao in Esplanade Park)

 

 

4. Thimithi Festival

From 2007-10-16

To 2007-10-16
 

What is it? The major event at this Hindu festival is the breathtaking fire-walking ceremony in which devotees honour the goddess Draupadi. Legend has it that she proved her fidelity and innocence to her husband by walking barefoot over burning coals, and Hindu priests and devotees demonstrate their faith, courage and endurance by walking across a 21ft (7m) pit of glowing coals without showing any signs of pain. In this test of purity devotees believe that they will only be burnt if they are impure. Afterwards they wade through a pit of goat's milk and then stain their feet with yellow turmeric. For more information contact the Singapore Tourism Board on +65 736 6622. Where is it? Sri Mariamman Temple

 

 

5. Moon Cake Festival

From 2007-09-25

To 2007-09-25
 

What is it? This festival, also known as the Lantern Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival, commemorates the 14th-century revolution led by Yuan Zhang who smuggled notes inside moon cakes and used lighted lanterns as a signal to launch the revolt. One of the highlights of the festival is the Moon Cake Fair where hundreds of festive stalls line the streets of Chinatown selling an astonishing variety of moon cakes, traditional paper lanterns, decorations and other delicacies. Children parade down the streets with their brightly lit lanterns in the Children's Lantern Procession. The Chinese Garden becomes a fairyland of lights and colours for the Lantern Festival, and there is also a range of cultural shows and performances including lion and dragon dancing, Chinese instrumentalists and craftsmen. Where is it? Chinatown and Chinese Garden

 

 



 

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