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Discover the traditions and customs that have long been part of Singapore’s Chinatown community on this cultural walking tour. As you stroll through the lively neighborhood, you’ll meet a local doctor who introduces you to Chinese medicine, visit a confectionery shop to learn about special items for Chinese holidays and explore a wet market for a look at the produce and other things residents buy on a regular basis. You’ll also hear about wedding customs, funeral traditions, tea ceremonies and more. 

Highlights

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

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What You Can Expect

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

Tea Tasting

From birth to marriage to death, traditional customs have surrounded the lives of the Singapore’s Chinese community since immigrants arrived in Singapore in the 19th century. As you explore the Chinatown district on a guided walking tour, learn about the rituals and ceremonies that mark events like weddings, holidays and festivals.

With your guide, visit a medicine hall to meet a local doctor, who tells you about Chinese medicine and the theories of yin and yang. Stroll through a wet market, where fresh food is sold, and pass by stalls filled with produce, livestock and household items before stopping by a confectionery shop for a tasting of sweet treats traditionally enjoyed during Chinese celebrations.

Learn about local wedding customs at an accessories shop, and taste tea at a tea shop, where you’ll hear about the importance of tea ceremonies in Chinese society. The traditions continue at the end of life, as well, with funeral rituals that include burning fake paper money.

You’ll discover all this and more during your fascinating tour. 

Customer Reviews

Carol M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Chinatown. Our tour guide was extremely pleasant and knowledgeable. Would recommend it to others who want to learn more about the Chinese culture and the NiuCheShui or Chinatown area.

Tomi O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The tour guide did an excellent job presenting the history and culture of Chinatown. We visited an herbalist, took part in the tea ceremony, learned about the wedding and funeral customs and the food of Singapore. It was a very interesting and educational tour.

fionatully

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We loved this tour of Chinatown, and learned so much from our guide Siew Tin about the Chinese rituals around birth, death and marriage.

francesrenteria

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.

sj.reading

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!

ostrip

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.

Nora N

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.

Rob L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Loved it. Best tour I have been on. Great guide. Very informative- would highly suggest all my friends go on this tour

Emerson R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

I absolutely loved this walking tour. Our guide Bernard was knowledgeable, engaging and answered all my questions. It was a great way to learn about the Chinese culture, particularly rituals and traditions of birth, death and marriage. Would highly recommend this tour, ask for Bernard!

rebecca r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Very interesting tour
Lot of interesting topics to discover in very nice group

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