Mid-Autumn Festival 2010: Streets of Chinatown

I have never seen the Mid-Autumn Festival done on such a grand scale before. It must be because of our million tourists, but I like it as well.

I was thinking it would be much prettier here at night when the streets are all lit up, but we were not prepared to be jostled by the crowds. I am starting to get a flu too.  It must be the weather – sweltering hot for the past 2 days and today it pours.  I also got a bit wet in the rain.

Anyway I digress…If you’re a tourist here, it would be be great time to soak in the atmosphere.  A bit like going to Germany during Oktoberfest?

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The princess from the legend who flies to the Moon.

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I saw loads of pomelos and mooncakes for sale.

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photo by bookjunkie

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photo by bookjunkie

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photo by bookjunkie

Traditional lanterns zigzagged along the streets where the festive bazzar was held.

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Red is the main colour in Chinatown -it’s lucky.

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Poor crabs in a cage – makes you think twice about having chilli or pepper crab!

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Tourists seemed excited by the unfamiliar and captivating sights – exactly why I find travel so enthralling myself.

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More elegant expensive lanterns for home decoration.

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You could get your child a traditional cheongsam. Tots look cute in these.

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Beautiful red paper cuttings and carvings based on ancient art.

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photo by bookjunkie

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If you get this, you will be marked as a tourist. A bit like wearing sneakers in Paris.

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Most traditional kind of lanterns on sale too, but these days people seem to like the pink olive shaped ones.

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I prefer dining in the open air at food street over the Chinatown market which can get too hot and steamy for me.

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An old man buying a traditional type icecream which is a rectangular block encased with 2 wafers. Looks like it’s sweet corn flavoured – yum.

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There are plastic lanterns galore for little kids and even spongebob lanterns.

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Lantern in the form of your zodiac animal.

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About bookjunkie

Blogging about my daily life in Singapore helps with my mid life crisis.
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4 Responses to Mid-Autumn Festival 2010: Streets of Chinatown

  1. These pictures are so cute. You should pick out some of your favorite items, check if they are available on Amazone.com and then you can have an Amazon recommendations page for your blog followers to buy. It’s just a thought. I haven’t checked if anyone has ever bought anything from my store, but I like having one just the same. Here is the link.

    http://astore.amazon.com/httpwwwjangel-20
    Just a thought!

    Julie

    By the way, I truly enjoy visiting Singapore through your blog and pictures. Thank you. 🙂

  2. Pingback: Mid-Autumn Festival @ City Square Mall and Clarke Quay « Expat Bostonians

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