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  • Location: Singapore, Singapore
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)
From birth to death, traditional customs play an essential role in the life of Singapore’s Chinese immigrants. Learn about the various practices as you take a walk through Singapore’s Chinatown. Meet a Chinese doctor and be introduced to the yin and yang of Chinese medicine. Visit a confectionery shop and learn about special foods prepared for Chinese holidays. Discover the rituals surrounding life’s major phases, from birth to marriage to death.

Highlights

  • Walking tour to discover the traditions of Singapore's Chinese immigrant community
  • Meander around Chinatown's lively wet market
  • Meet a Chinese doctor and learn about the practice of traditional Chinese medicine
  • Learn about Chinese wedding customs and death rituals

What You Can Expect

Singapore Walking Tour: Chinatown's Rituals and Traditions Including Market Tour and Tea Tasting

Tea Tasting

On this walking tour in Singapore’s Chinatown, learn about the ceremonies and rituals that mark the different stages of a Chinese person’s life: birth rites, weddings, funerals, religious sacrifices and festivals. These traditions were carried to Singapore by Chinese immigrants in the 19th century, and many of these practices still continue on today.

Learn how the theory of yin and yang applies to traditional Chinese medicine as you meet with a Chinese doctor at a medicine hall. Walk through a wet market (fresh food market commonly found in Asian countries) and explore the stalls of livestock, vegetables and various housewares. Discover the local delicacies commonly enjoyed during Chinese celebrations and taste some of these sweets at a traditional confectionery shop.

Visit a wedding accessories shop and gain insight into Chinese wedding customs from your guide. Enjoy tea tasting at a local tea shop and learn about the importance of the tea ceremony during a Chinese wedding. Get a glimpse into Chinese funeral rites, such as burning fake paper money and miniature items like cars and houses to carry on to loved ones in the afterlife.

Join this walking tour for a fascinating look into Singapore’s culturally rich Chinatown to discover the traditions and practices of the Chinese.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Excellent! An enjoyable intimate tour of Chinatown including tea and egg tart tasting-yum! Our guide Eliza explained lots of Singaporean customs and beliefs and answered all our questions as well as providing dining recommendations! We voted this our favourite tour ever.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

We enjoyed our tour with our guide very much and learnt a lot of the Chinese habits. We were lucky to be the only guests this morning and had the full attention of our charming guide.

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