Chinatown



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Chinatown is the traditional Chinese quarters of Singapore, and while the entire city is largely Chinese these days the area does retain some of its own charm. The area is also known as Niu Che Shui (牛车水) in Chinese and Kreta Ayer in Malay, both names meaning "bullock cart water", a reference to the carts that used to haul in drinking water. The area between Pagoda Street and Smith Street has been tarted up considerably for tourists, but workaday Chinatown continues south and east, merging seamlessly into the Central Business District.



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200,000 Singaporeans and tourist celebrate the Lunar New Year in Chinatown

Reviewed 2009-01-26 14:44:46 NEW

More than 200,000 Singaporeans and tourists gathered in Chinatown on Sunday night to usher in the Lunar New Year. "Hope and Happiness" — a team reflecting on the current economic times remind Singaporeans to maintain optimism amid the downturn. The thousands of visitors who were in Chinatown to soak in the festive atmosphere got their hands on last—minute bargains from the more than 550 stalls selling New Year goodies such as ’waxed’ duck, cookies, flowers, handicraft and chinese themed novelties.

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