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CNY 2023: River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay

CNY 2023: River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay

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River Hongbao is an annual festival that is held during the Chinese New Year in Singapore. Started in 1987, River Hongbao has become a tradition that locals look forward to every year.

This year’s River Hongbao features giant glowing lanterns scattered all around Gardens by the Bay, carnival rides and games, as well as performances by getai singers and local artistes.

Unlike last year where getting a ticket was quite a struggle, this year’s event requires no ticket. Everyone can visit the event during the event’s opening hours. There is no need to book any slot.

River Hongbao 2023 features more than 18 enchanting lanterns sets scattered all around Gardens by the Bay, nightly stage performance, street food, amusement rides, and carnival games.

On CNY Eve, there will not be fireworks, but there will be laser show at midnight at Supertree.

When and Where is River Hongbao 2023?

Date: 20 January 2023 to 28 January 2023
Time: Varies, refer to table below
Location: Gardens by the Bay outdoor garden, refer to “Map” section
Ticket: Free
Booking: Not required

DateVisiting hours
20 January 2023 (Friday)6.30pm – 10.30pm
21 January 2023 (Saturday)6.30pm – 12.15am
22 January 2023 (Sunday) to
28 January 2023 (Saturday)
2.30pm – 10.30pm

Map of River Hongbao 2023

River Hongbao 2023 map
Source: River Hongbao (click to enlarge)

How to go to River Hongbao 2023

There are 3 entrances at River Hongbao 2023 event:

During the admission, bag check will be conducted.

Entrance 1 at Floral clock

CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
From Golden Garden near Visitor Center, you will see this signage pointing to Entrance 1 (near Floral Clock)
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
凤凰来仪 Welcome Arch @ Golden Garden – This arch is not Entrance 1, but it will lead you to Entrance 1 at Floral Clock
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore (26) Entrance Checkpoint 1
Checkpoint 1 at Entrance 1

Entrance 2 at Floating Baby

CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
From Bayfront MRT Exit B, you will see this signage at Dragonfly Lake, pointing to Entrance 2
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
Entrance 2 at The Meadow Bridge (near Floral Fantasy)
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore (25) Entrance Checkpoint 2
Checkpoint 2 at Entrance 2

Entrance 3 at The Meadow near Garden Pod

CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
“吉祥拱门 Entrance Arch” Lantern Set at Entrance 3 at The Meadow Gate (near Garden Pod)
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore (39) Lantern
“吉祥拱门 Entrance Arch” Lantern Set at Entrance 3
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore (27) Entrance Checkpoint 3
Checkpoint 3 at Entrance 3

By MRT

Take MRT to Gardens by the Bay Station (Thomson East Coast Line) then walk about 15 mins to Entrance 1 at Floral Clock (near Flower Dome/Shake Shack)

Take MRT to Bayfront Station (Circle Line/Downtown Line) then walk about 15 mins to Entrance 2 at Floating Baby (near Floral Fantasy).

By Car/Taxi

Gate 1 (Floral Clock):
Nearest Drop-off: Gardens by the Bay Gift Shop
Nearest Carpark: Main Entrance Basement Carpark

Gate 2 (Floating Baby):
Nearest Drop-off: Bayfront Pavilion
Nearest Carpark: Bayfront Plaza Carpark

Gate 3 (Garden Pod):
Nearest Drop-off: The Meadows Car Park
Nearest Carpark: The Meadows Car Park

It is not recommended to drive to River Hongbao because of the limited parking.

Tips / Things to Note Before Visiting

Be prepared for hot & wet weather. River Hongbao is an outdoor event with limited shelter. Do bring umbrellas or raincoats to be protected from the hot sun and rain.

Food stalls will only be open from 8.30pm on 20 Jan 2023, the Opening Night. Hence, if you usually eat early, like before 8.30pm, go have an early dinner before coming to River Hongbao on the 1st day.

Lanterns

There are various lanterns scattered all over the garden. Here are this year’s lanterns.

CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
与春共舞 Dance of Spring at Dragonfly Lake
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore - Lantern
与春共舞 Dance of Spring at Dragonfly Lake

Unlike previous year where God of Fortune Lantern was located at Supertree, this year, he is located at The Meadow, near Entrance 2 and Stage. It’s quite hard to see his face if you’re standing right below the lantern statue, because his face is blocked by the fish that he’s holding.

CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
God of Fortune Lantern

I found a spot where you can see his full face! And that is by standing near Entrance 2.

CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
God of Fortune Lantern
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
感恩的心 Wishing Heart
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore  Lantern
感恩的心 Wishing Heart
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
The 12 Zodiacs: Ox, Rooster, Pig
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore (40) Lantern
The 12 Zodiacs: Ox, Rooster, Pig
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
The 12 Zodiacs: Rat, Rabbit
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore (41) Lantern
The 12 Zodiacs: Rat, Rabbit
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
The 12 Zodiacs: Dragon, Tiger, Goat
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore (44) Lantern
The 12 Zodiacs: Dragon, Tiger
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore (43) Lantern
The 12 Zodiacs: Goat
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
The 12 Zodiacs: Monkey, Dog, Snake
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore Lantern
The 12 Zodiacs: Monkey, Dog, Snake
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
“平平安安 Peace and Prosperity” Lantern
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
“大展宏图 Flourishing Times Ahead” Lantern
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore (36) Lantern
“大展宏图 Flourishing Times Ahead” Lantern
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
“兔谋大业 Futuristic Ventures” Lantern
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore (37) Lantern
“兔谋大业 Futuristic Ventures” Lantern
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
“快高长大 Kuai Gao Zhang Da” Lantern
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore (38) Lantern
“快高长大 Kuai Gao Zhang Da” Lantern
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
“龟兔赛跑 The Great Spring Race” Lantern
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
“龟兔赛跑 The Great Spring Race” Lantern
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
“龟兔赛跑 The Great Spring Race” Lantern
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
“好彩头 Hao Cai Tou” Lantern
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore - Lantern
“好彩头 Hao Cai Tou” Lantern
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore

Garden Rhapsody

At 7.45pm and 8.45pm, there is a 5-minute music and light show at the Supertree Grove. Specially curated for Chinese New Year, the show is titled Spring Blossoms (春暖花开). Don’t miss it during your visit!

There will also be specially curated laser show only on 21 Jan and 28 Jan!

On 21 Jan, the laser show will be at midnight.

CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore - Garden Rhapsody
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore - Garden Rhapsody

Food Street

Unlike last year’s edition where there wasn’t any food available at the festival ground, this year, there will be a dedicated Food Street section located at Supertree Grove. So, you don’t have to worry about being hungry!

As for seating, there are plenty of tables and benches around the Supertree where you can sit and enjoy your food. During peak hour, it might be tough to find a seat, though.

CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore - Food Street
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore - Food Street
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore - Food Street

Amusement Rides and Carnival

What is a festival without carnival, right? In this year’s carnival, visitors may look forward to kids-friendly rides and carnival games such as the double-storey carousel, bumper boat rides and various exciting carnival games.

CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore (47) Games
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore (54) Double Storey Carousel Amusement Ride
Double Storey Carousel
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore - Carnival Game Lobster Pot
Lobster Pot
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore - Carnival Games and Amusement Rides
Credits required for games and rides

Nightly Festive Shows

Every night, there will be live performances at the central stage located at The Meadow. The performances include music performance, dance performance, Getai shows, as well as performances by our local artistes.

CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore (31) Nightly Festive Show
The stage

Below is the schedule of the nightly festive shows.

River Hongbao 2023 - Stage Performance - Nightly Festive Show
Source: River Hongbao

Seats are usually allocated on a first come, first served basis. Visitors who want to watch the show need to queue for entry. When there are available seats, visitors will be ushered to the available seats.

CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore (32) Nightly Festive Show
The queue to watch the Nightly Festive Show
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore (34) Nightly Festive Show
Opening Ceremony at the Stage

This year, there is only 1 fireworks show at River Hongbao. It takes place on the first day, 20 Jan 2023, during the Opening Ceremony. During CNY Eve, there won’t be any fireworks at River Hongbao, but there will be specially curated laser show during Garden Rhapsody at midnight.

CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore (35) Opening Ceremony Fireworks
Fireworks during Opening Ceremony on 20 Jan 2023

Facilities

While you can buy food and drinks at Food Street, it may not be convenient for people to walk from The Meadow all the way to Food Street to get a drink. Fortunately there are drink stalls scattered all around the festival ground so you don’t have to worry about being thirsty. They sell beers too!

CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore - Drinks
CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore - Drinks

Even though there are plenty of toilets at Gardens by the Bay, the organizer provides portable toilets as well.

CNY 2023 River Hongbao 2023 at Gardens by the Bay Singapore - Toilet

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