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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.


  • 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 April 2015

We had an excellent tour with Siew Tin yesterday. She was very knowledgeable and the tour was very interesting. We learned about customs surrounding food, marriage, death and tea. We've been to Chinatowns and China on multiple occasions but didn't know most of what we learned from our guide. It was three hours well spent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

We had this tour to ourselves. I had booked the morning tour and it was truly wonderful. Our guide oozed knowledge and she was very amenable to spending time explaining various items of fresh produce for sale in the market. Our trip sped past in 'super quick' time, it was so fascinating. I love cooking and learning about produce with which I'm unfamiliar and this trip managed to provide insights into ingredients as well as an insight into some of the traditions of the Chinese community here in Singapore.
It was a great tour.
Wear your comfy shoes!

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