River Hongbao returns to Gardens by the Bay from Jan 30 to Feb 6

This year’s River Hongbao will have both physical and virtual events and activities.

Nur Sabrina

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Published: 19 January 2022, 1:32 PM

If you’re looking for a new date spot where you can celebrate Chinese New Year, you can look forward to one of Singapore’s largest Chinese New Year events, River Hongbao.

Held at Gardens by the Bay with scenic lantern displays, amusement rides, the event will also feature virtual events and activities. 

Here are some of the things you can expect at this year’s River Hongbao.

Scenic lantern displays

Apart from being a nice background for the Gram, the 30 mesmerising lantern displays hold significance and meaning behind them. 

The ‘虎啸龙吟 Roaring Tigers and Dragon’ display features a pair of regal tigers on the hills and a colourful dragon rising above the water among lotuses, signifying a year of new blessings.


This lantern display surely welcomes the Year of the Tiger. PHOTO CREDIT: RIVER HONGBAO WEBSITE


The ‘步步高升 Rising after Challenges’ lantern display signifies rising into greater heights after overcoming challenges, something Singaporeans can relate to while facing the pandemic. 


The piano-like lantern surrounded by flowers is something fun you can play with friends and family. PHOTO CREDIT: RIVER HONGBAO WEBSITE


The piano tiles are also interactive, and visitors are welcome to dance and play on the keys. 

Amusement rides and carnival games

The event will feature child-friendly rides like the carousel, robot rides and even a pirate ship, and carnival games for you to win goodies.


A romantic ride on the carousel while snapping some candid shots sounds like an ideal date. PHOTO CREDIT: RIVER HONGBAO WEBSITE


To ensure safety of all visitors, ride goers and carnival game players will have to keep their masks on at all times. There will also be a reduced ride capacity for safe distancing, and all stations will be disinfected every half hour.

Virtual River Hongbao

Through the virtual Nian Hau: Changing Times, Unchanging Aspirations Exhibition, visitors can explore a journey through time to find out more about traditional Chinese art and painting. 


The interactive games will be related to the things you will learn from this exhibition. IMAGE CREDIT: RIVER HONGBAO WEBSITE


There will also be a 360 degree version of this exhibition so you can enjoy the full experience at home while taking part in mini interactive games.

Those tuning in online can enjoy livestreams, with activities such as performances, virtual fortune telling and even zodiac-themed tang yuan making classes. There is also an Instagram ‘Emoji Hunt’, where three players stand a chance to win $388 worth of shopping vouchers. 

River Hongbao 2022 sure sounds like a promising time of fun with friends and family. The event will be held from Jan 30 to Feb 6 and bookings can be made here

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