Chinese lanterns in the heart of Chinatown, Singapore
Many of the boutique hotels and guesthouses in the district are nicely preserved with charming colour combinations and shutters to make you feel like you are travelling back in time.
After walking around Chinatown for 3-4 hours, I began to take note of the things I truly adore about this type of setting. One definitely has to be people watching. It’s one of those rewarding activities that’s absolutely free, yet very interesting. Chinatown in Singapore is an ideal location to observe how wealthy and budget tourists, local hawker stall workers, and flocks of children and teenagers all come together to create a truly unique atmosphere. Tourists who appear to have no intention of buying things are suddenly bartering over two dollar key chains and counterfeit t-shirts. Children are seen pulling on mommy and daddy seeing if they can get some tasty street-side snacks. Hawkers try to hawk squid balls to tourists. Yeah, this is Chinatown.