Here’s Why Sentosa Is The Next Chinatown This CNY 2018

Sentosa: home to just about anything exhilarating – the tallest dueling coasters in the world, a speedy skyline luge, and an indoor wind tunnel so anyone can fly like a bird, just to name a few. That’s merely the icing on top of the cake; Sentosa is also home to not one, but a total of three beaches for all to take a quick breather from the stressful confines of the mainland. It’s really no surprise to see why the humble little island is touted as the state of fun!

This year, Sentosa goes beyond just being a fun place for all – it wants to become the next Chinatown in 2018 during the Lunar New Year. With the various activities lined up for the upcoming festive season of hong baos and glorious feasting, Sentosa is giving crowded Chinatown a good run for its people!

First and foremost, FUN-Tastic Fortune awaits you at every corner in Sentosa this Chinese New Year. Between 19 January and 4 March 2018, work your luck at the inaugural Sentosa FUN-Tastic Draw, with a total of 15 experiential prizes to be won – prizes that simply pamper you in every way.

The Grand Prize this year is an exclusive private sunset sail and overnight stay on the Royal Albatross, which is the sole luxury Tall Ship in all of Asia. Runner-up goodies include VIP attraction packages and stays at some of the island’s most exclusive hotels – including Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa and Capella Singapore.

The lucky draw list doesn’t just stop at elusive stays: For you adrenaline junkies out there, other prizes include a Conqueror package for two at the Mega Adventure Park, as well as a heart-dropping Bungy Jump for two at AJ Hackett Singapore! All the prizes in the Sentosa FUN-Tastic Draw amount over a whopping $50,000, and you just need to sign up to be on the Sentosa mailing list or spend $8 on the island in a single receipt to qualify for a chance in the draw.

It’s not just the eye-popping lucky draw that’ll steal hearts. This year being the Year of the Dog, our childhood beagle from PEANUTS, Snoopy, is here to stay in Sentosa to liven your Instagram feed. Right from the Sentosa Boardwalk through to Beach Plaza, everyone will be able to get up close and personal to the iconic Peanuts star at various locations, including impromptu meet-and-greets and two massive Snoopy sculptures of up to 4m and 3m in height that will attract all the eyeballs at the Sentosa Boardwalk and Merlion Plaza respectively.

A myriad of other festive activities and programmes are also at play, including Wishing Trees for guests to pen down their hopes and dreams; Lion and Dragon dances to usher in a prosperous year ahead with eclectic finesse; and Prosperity Drum booths, where visitors can try their hand at composing their very own personalised Chinese New Year rhythm. Oh, and not forgetting meet-and-greets with the ‘Sanxing’ (三星, or Three Stars) deities – ‘Fu’ (福, or Prosperity), ‘Lu’ (禄, or Status), and ‘Shou’ (寿, or Longevity) – as they roam freely about Sentosa!

Those seeking for a more cultural experience at Sentosa are also not going to be disappointed, as Resorts World Sentosa Fortune Street will be giving you the chance for that important fortune reading to kickstart the brand new year, as well as helping you understand the fascinating ways through which Eastern and Western cultures attempt to divine the future.

With all the buzz and exciting happenings that are going to take place at Sentosa this Chinese New Year, the island will morph into a Chinatown everyone will huat in for over 40 days. Join the fun at:!

Photos courtesy of Sentosa.

Bryan Chua

Sneakerhead, Techie, and absolute sucker for foreign languages. Oh, and I #ShootFilm too.

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