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Chinese new year 2018

manchester
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Chinese new year 2018

Hi, just looking at an itinerary and realise that I may be flying out of of Singapore on first day of Chinese new year (16th Feb). Just wondering a) are there celebrations on evening of 15th and b) will getting a taxi or tram to the airport be difficult?

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1. Re: Chinese new year 2018

Chinatown will be very busy on the evening, as will parts around Marina Bay. Other areas may not be affected.

To answer your question, we need to know where you will be departing from and what time do you need to arrive at the airport.

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2. Re: Chinese new year 2018

there will be taxis available. you can always book for one, but there will be additional surcharge for the booking and public holiday.

train service timing for public holiday is available on the smrt website. It usually only operates later on the eve of public holidays

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What time must you reach the airport on Feb 16 (CNY Day 1)? Wee hours or during daytime?

Feb 15 is CNY Eve, which is culturally just as important as CNY proper. It's not a public holiday, but there are 2 main events to commemorate: the annual reunion dinner (typically 6pm, plus another meal at 4pm or 8pm at the in-laws's), & the midnight temple rituals (thousands of devotees vying to make incense offerings exactly at 12am).

As such, Singapore will wind down after lunchtime on CNY Eve as the local Chinese take/get a half-day off for the reunion dinners. (Many will take the full day off if they have to cook.) As such, the shops tend to close by mid-afternoon for the CNY holidays, although basic transport services & the tourist attractions will remain operational.

After the reunion dinners, the locals will head to either Chinatown (official CNY countdown party & steep bazaar discounts after midnight) or the River Hongbao carnival (traditionally at Marina Bay Floating Platform). There are fireworks displays at both locations.

Meanwhile, the religious-minded will head to the Chinese temples for the midnight rituals (which, like the Chinatown bazaar, last until about 3-4am). The most famous is at Kwan Im Temple in Bugis (very congested & intense, although not as maniacal as in Taiwan) http://y2u.be/VNPQ48rQmYw so much so that HK & Taiwan TV like to film footage there as part of their CNY reports.

As for taxis, there'll be generally fewer on the streets during CNY Eve evening due to the reunion dinners, but the situation should improve later in the night. To manage the downtown crowds, the MRT & buses will extend their operating hours. On CNY Day 1 daytime itself, taxis will be scarce; you'll see many people all dressed up & trying to hail a cab everywhere. It's best to make phone bookings on both days.

Edited: 11:09 am, September 22, 2017
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4. Re: Chinese new year 2018

Planning on travelling out of Changi for Manchester at 02.00 a.m. on morning of 17th Feb.

Thanks for information so far.

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Have not got a notel booked yet as reserving idea of staying close to the airport if transport looks to be difficult.

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For 17Feb 2am flight, it would make more sense to be at the airport at about 11pm on 16Feb.

Check out hotels that offer complimentary airport transfers.

The hotel that came to mind is Village Hotel Bugis. We have stayed at Village Hotel Changi a few times and the complimentary bus shuttle service was a bonus. We have travelled on this bus to and fro Singapore Changi Airport, another bus to meetings in Changi and Loyang area, and to and fro Village Hotel Changi and Village Hotel Bugis.

Perhaps you would like to contact the hotel and confirm on the availability of complimentary airport shuttle bus service.

From Village Hotel Bugis, it is easy to get around as the MRT station (tube station) is just a block away, and that takes you to Chinatown if you wish to immerse yourself in the Chinese New Year celebration on the 15Feb (it's rather quiet in Chinatown on 16Feb being the frist day of Chinese New Year).

:) KK

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7. Re: Chinese new year 2018

Thanks for all your help. Decided to book Park Regis being quite close to evening fireworks. We will be travelling v light so can hopefully then catch a tram around 9.00 p.m. which will give us loads of time to get to airport.

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8. Re: Chinese new year 2018

1/ Park Regis is a splendid choice and most conveniently located

2/ there are no trams in Singapore. You probably mean mrt?

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About half of the taxi drivers are Chinese and they will be celebrating 15 Feb with their families already. Taxi is limited so please allow more time for your travelling.

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10. Re: Chinese new year 2018

I will be visiting Singapore from 8th Feb 14 Feb how will be the rush

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