A Chinatown Discovery on Foot

A Chinatown Discovery
on Foot

Spending half a day soaking up Chinatown’s vibrant sights, sounds and aromas starts from
the moment you take your first steps of this walking tour. We reveal a blend of old
and new, including temples, traditional medicinal halls alongside trendy bars.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Stroll in the footsteps of Singapore’s pioneers as we turn into unknown corners in culturally enthralling Chinatown. Besides being an ethnic enclave for first Singapore’s early Chinese settlers, Chinatown has transformed into the country’s largest heritage precinct—filled with an exciting meld of hip haunts, cultural treasures and architectural gems.

This half-day discovery of Chinatown on foot passes some of the most exquisite examples of Chinese heritage as your guide elaborates on the means, symbols and historical values of one of Asia’s most thriving Chinatowns.

TRAIL ITINERARY

A Chinatown Discovery on Foot

09:00 - 14:00

With an excellent public transportation system in place, meeting your guide at Telok Ayer MRT station is easy; it is here where we will meet your local, English-speaking guide. The following immersive five-hour walking tour of the colourful quarter is all about following in the footsteps of Singapore’s early pioneers and discover the stories of people who made Chinatown their home. The city state’s Chinatown is the only one in the world to have a Buddhist temple, Islamic mosque and a Hindu shrine on a single street.

Our journey starts at one of the city’s oldest Chinese temples, the Thian Hock Keng Temple. It is one of the most venerated Hokkien temples in Singapore and patron of the deity Mazu, who was said to have watched over the 19th-century Chinese immigrants who made their way across the seas.

Next, we explore what makes China town such a treat to visit. Via the National Monument, we will reach Tajong Pagar, gazetted as a conservation area in 1989 thanks to its beautifully ornated and colourful shop houses. Standing out from this picturesque landscape is the Pinnacle at Duxton representing a testament to the nation’s innovative approach to urban planning and public housing. The 50th-storey sky bridge is open to the public and offers a breathtaking view of Chinatown and the port of Singapore.

Experience a tea degustation at a traditional teahouse before making our way to the last stop of this elaborate walking tour. Experience the Chinatown Heritage Centre before heading to the Chinatown MRT station and making your way back to your hotel. Nestled in the heart of Chinatown in Singapore, the Chinatown Heritage Centre brings the history of the area to life and tells the stories of the people who immigrated here through exhibits and immersive experiences. Spending more time to venture deeper into this vibrant part of Singapore is an option you can pursue.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Tea tasting at the Tea Chapter
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Return transfers from / to your booked accommodation from / to the indicated meeting point.
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travellers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • This excursion does not include return transfers from and to your booked accommodation. Customers are requested to get to the meeting point well ahead in time of the starting time on own arrangement. Should customers prefer to have a pre-arranged transfer included, supplements apply
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to reach the meeting point for this excursion at least 30 minutes prior to the commencement of this excursion. Failure to do so may result in 100% cancellation charges / no refunds
  • We recommend wearing light, comfortable cotton clothing and comfortable shoes; this tour is operated only in the morning.

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