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Photograph: Stanley Chee
Photograph: Stanley Chee

Family of tigers stand loud and proud in Chinatown to usher in the roaring new year

Check out the eye-catching lights on display on Upper Cross Street and New Bridge Road

Written by
Izza Sofia

Chinese New Year is fast approaching and as we know, there’s no other neighbourhood that throws a bigger CNY bash than Chinatown. To welcome the Year of the Tiger, Chinatown is illuminated with eye-catching light installations. From Jan 7 to Mar 2, expect to see a large family of tigers standing proud at the intersection of Upper Cross Street and New Bridge Road, as they gaze at the cars and passers-by. The centrepiece boasting the family of five tigers symbolises reunion, harmony and prosperity.

More gorgeous sights and sounds and illuminated lanterns can be found along New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street and South Bridge Road. Divided into three sections, the different displays signifies the different stages of a tiger’s life. Colourful displays shows off the cub’s early life as it explores the world and frolics in nature. Displays such as pineapples and gold ingots symbolises its journey into adulthood, while the flowing waters and koi fishes represent perseverance and longevity. 

The district’s streets are also lit up with beautifully-designed lanterns as you revel in all the glorious celebrations. The lights will be on from 7 pm to midnight. In collaboration with local artists and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the tiger sculptures also aim to raise awareness on tiger conservation.

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