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    Saw that the traditional God of Fortune that's there each year is up already while passing by on a cab. No more @ Esplanade Park this year...

    River Hongbao at Marina Bay floating platform in 2009

    River Hongbao, an annual event held to celebrate Chinese New Year in Singapore, will be held at the Marina Bay floating platform next year.

    Floating platform for River Hongbao

    River Hongbao 2009, with nine days of festivities marking the Chinese New Year, will centre on the Marina Bay floating platform, officials revealed yesterday.

    The event's 23rd edition is expected to attract about half a million people, though the line-up for the Jan 24 to Feb 1 festival has yet to be unveiled.

    Speaking at the first press conference for the event, organising committee chairman Sam Tan said the floating platform is a 'wonderful' venue.

    “It is a central location that is highly accessible. On the right, you can see the beautiful skyline. On the left, you can see the Singapore Flyer, and further down is the Marina Barrage.”

    The theme of River Hongbao 2009 will be niu zhuan qian kun, a Chinese proverb which means turning an unfavourable situation to your advantage - a reference to the global economic downturn.

    It is also a reference to the coming Year of the Golden Ox, with the first word of the proverb a play on the word for ox.

    The organising committee's co-chairman, Mr Seng Han Thong, said funding for the event has not been affected by the financial crisis.

    The event will incorporate performances geared towards young and old Singaporeans, new immigrants and tourists. It will culminate in a dinner involving 1,000 people on the seventh day of the new year. According to Chinese customs, this day is the common birthday of all humanity.

    The event is jointly organised by the Singapore Tourism Board, Singapore Press Holdings, the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations, the People's Association and the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

    Last year's River Hongbao was held at Esplanade Park and ran for 12 days.


    Source: The Straits Times, 14 November 2008 ©Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Permission required for reproduction.
    We really need some niu zhuan qian kun to turn this crisis.

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    anyone noes when is e 1st night of the fireworks? Issit true the 1st and last night's fireworks is the most beautiful? I nv been able to make it on the 1st or last day for the past few years

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    No fireworks this year.

    http://www.etour-singapore.com/chine...pore-2008.html
    "Chinese New Year Celebrations @ Marina Bay
    Schedule: Nightly from 24 January 09 - 1 Feb 09
    Note: Firecrackers have replaced the fireworks for this year."

    http://www.etour-singapore.com/chine...pore-2009.html
    "Firecrackers & Pyrotechnics Show at 8pm nightly
    (except 11.59pm on 25 Jan 09, Chinese New Year's Eve)"
    Last edited by huluyue; 23rd January 2009 at 09:44 AM.

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    I just called Singapore Tourism Board and was told that there will be Fireworks for tomorrow 8pm and CNY midnight, that is 26 Jan 09 mid-night, at River Hongbao, Marina Bay.

    Just to share.

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    Quote Originally Posted by godsonwill View Post
    I just called Singapore Tourism Board and was told that there will be Fireworks for tomorrow 8pm and CNY midnight, that is 26 Jan 09 mid-night, at River Hongbao, Marina Bay.

    Just to share.
    tt means only 2 nights of fireworks this yr,looks like gt to make a trip down on 26/01 mon midnight catch the fireworks

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    Quote Originally Posted by godsonwill View Post
    I just called Singapore Tourism Board and was told that there will be Fireworks for tomorrow 8pm and CNY midnight, that is 26 Jan 09 mid-night, at River Hongbao, Marina Bay.

    Just to share.
    confirm have fireworks? some online site saying firecrackers

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    Quote Originally Posted by KelvinDestiny View Post
    confirm have fireworks? some online site saying firecrackers
    A STB staff told me so. Can someone else confirm?

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    Only thing to confirm is to call the organiser of the river hong bao ^^

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    It's fire crackers. Not fireworks. Confirmed as this was being told during the media press conference 2 days ago.

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    Firecrackers will be at 8pm everyday, except on CNY eve, it would be at 12 midnight.

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    yup it's firecrakers cos it will be weird to do fireworks since today isn't even the eve or the actual chinese new year.

    only confirmed fireworks is at Chinatown on the eve at 11.59pm
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    Quote Originally Posted by gordonator View Post
    yup it's firecrakers cos it will be weird to do fireworks since today isn't even the eve or the actual chinese new year.

    only confirmed fireworks is at Chinatown on the eve at 11.59pm

    Yeah .......... they slashed the budget ...................
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    Quote Originally Posted by godsonwill View Post
    A STB staff told me so. Can someone else confirm?
    they dunno and if info not updated, i won't purposely make a trip if there's no fireworks.

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    The fireworks is near Chinatown MRT. Dunno where is the firing spot though. It would be difficult to catch the first shot (which is very important with less smoke). Can only prepare and guess where is it.

    http://www.etour-singapore.com/chine...fireworks.html
    http://www.visitsingapore.com/publis...chinatown.html

    Gong Xi Fa Cai

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    Firework Firing Point Will be On Top Of Building People Park Complex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hamnivla View Post
    The fireworks is near Chinatown MRT. Dunno where is the firing spot though. It would be difficult to catch the first shot (which is very important with less smoke). Can only prepare and guess where is it.

    http://www.etour-singapore.com/chine...fireworks.html
    http://www.visitsingapore.com/publis...chinatown.html

    Gong Xi Fa Cai
    Firework Firing Point Will be On Top Of Building People Park Complex

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    There was a tiny bit of fireworks on the opening day (24/01/09) But I wouldn't really call that fireworks. It was ground fireworks that was on the audience seats, level with the creakers. The performance on stage was nice though.

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