FUSION AND FESTIVITIES
Singapore enables travellers to experience numerous colourful cultures and cuisines without ever leaving the island. One important local tradition is the many festivals celebrating this cultural diversity. An unmissable spectacle, if you are lucky enough to be there at the right time, is the Chinese New Year extravaganza: the highlight is Singapore’s equivalent of carnival – the Chingay Parade, featuring dancing dragons and lions, fire eaters and elaborate floats. There are plenty of enticing experiences to enjoy throughout the year, though. In Chinatown, for example, the smell of sweet cured pork intermingles with the smoke from the Hindu temples at neighbouring Little India, whose Tekka Market is one of the most vibrant and colourful (and frequently Instagrammed) sights on the island. Meanwhile, in Kampong Glam, the Arab quarter, Haji Lane is lined with independent boutiques, retro barbershops and even a Tokyobike store, a hipster accolade positioning Singapore alongside Copenhagen, Berlin, Melbourne and London.
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