In Pics: Festive shopping at Chinatown this CNY

The culture enclave of Chinatown may have lost its lustre for the younger generation, but it springs to life during Chinese New Year, and remains the go-to place for festive shopping for many. 

Here's a pictorial walk through the historic street as the Chinese community in Singapore prepares for the most important period of the Lunar calendar:

For the older generation, Chinatown remains the default shopping space for Chinese New Year goods. Photo: Connected to India
For the older generation, Chinatown remains the default shopping space for Chinese New Year goods. Photo: Connected to India
An entire mountain of Chinese New Year snacks ;) Photo: Connected to India
An entire mountain of Chinese New Year snacks ;) Photo: Connected to India
A variety of nuts and seeds. Photo: Connected to India
A variety of nuts and seeds. Photo: Connected to India
Taiwanese jellies are now popular Chinese New Year goodies in Singapore. Photo: Connected to India
Taiwanese jellies are now popular Chinese New Year goodies in Singapore. Photo: Connected to India
Different flavours of peanuts. Photo: Connected to India
Different flavours of peanuts. Photo: Connected to India
This open space is where the older folks gather daily for their chess games. Photo: Connected to India
This open space is where the older folks gather daily for their chess games. Photo: Connected to India
Mandarin oranges are a must have as they are said to bring riches into your life. Photo: Connected to India
Mandarin oranges are a must have as they are said to bring riches into your life. Photo: Connected to India
All smiles and festive vibes. Photo: Connected to India
All smiles and festive vibes. Photo: Connected to India
Cute lion dance puppets are on sale too. Photo: Connected to India
Cute lion dance puppets are on sale too. Photo: Connected to India
Dried persimmon cake, said to represent a smooth year, is a popular treat for the Chinese New Year. Photo: Connected to India
Dried persimmon cake, said to represent a smooth year, is a popular treat for the Chinese New Year. Photo: Connected to India
It's the year of the rat, and the toy mills are in overdrive making different variations of rat plushies. Photo: Connected to India
It's the year of the rat, and the toy mills are in overdrive making different variations of rat plushies. Photo: Connected to India
Traditional clothing can be found along the streets of Chinatown too. Photo: Connected to India
Traditional clothing can be found along the streets of Chinatown too. Photo: Connected to India
This odd-looking fruit known as Buddha's Hand is commonly used as an offering for prayers, especially during Chinese New Year. Photo: Connected to India
This odd-looking fruit known as Buddha's Hand is commonly used as an offering for prayers, especially during Chinese New Year. Photo: Connected to India
It's always Christmas somewhere. At Chinatown, you can buy customised Christmas tree ornaments with a Chinese twist. Photo: Connected to India
It's always Christmas somewhere. At Chinatown, you can buy customised Christmas tree ornaments with a Chinese twist. Photo: Connected to India
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