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Chinatown is characterised by its narrow streets, street traders and festivals, and the mix of peoples.

To quote from Singapore's celebration of 25 years of Independence:

One People

One Nation

One Singapore

Chinatown Streets - Views In Opposite Directions

Whilst tower blocks are the norm in modern Singapore, skyscrapers are restricted to the business district.

ęStephen Dee

ID 2011-12-04-44168 (L) and 2011-12-04-44171 (R)

Chinatown Streets - Back Street Views

LH view shows a back street between the tourist routes.  RH view shows how modern living demands air conditioning, note all the AC units on the walls of the houses.  When I went in 82, the norm was open windows or shutters and large slow moving ceiling fans.

ęStephen Dee

ID 2011-12-04-44216 (L) and 2011-12-04-44135 (R)

Chinatown Streets - Street Views

Traditional shutters with a modern view on painting them..

ęStephen Dee

ID 2011-12-04-44172

Chinatown Streets - Street Views

Street traders crowd the central area of Chinatown.  Note the famous Sri Marianman Hindu temple in the background.  Chinatown is a reflection of Singapore, it is not just the domain of the Chinese, in addition to the Sri Marianman temple on the same side of the road on the next corner is the Masjid Jamae mosque.

ęStephen Dee

ID 2011-12-04-44173 (L) 2011-12-10-44377 (R)

Chinatown Streets - Masjid Jamae Mosque

One problems without a shift lens one does not get good photos of such buildings when one is in close quarters with it.

ęStephen Dee

ID 2011-12-04-44139

Chinatown Streets - Street Views - MRT Stop

The MRT stop has been used to create a canopy over the streets to link with the indoor markets.

ęStephen Dee

ID 2011-12-04-44217 (L) 2011-12-04-44218 (R)

Chinatown Peoples Park

An air condition Indoor Market would be better description rather then shopping Mall

ęStephen Dee

ID 2011-12-03-44011

Chinatown - Temple of Budda's Tooth Relic

This is in the same street, and same side as both the Sri Marianman temple and the Masjid Jamae mosque

ęStephen Dee

ID 2011-12-04-44170

Chinatown - Festival

On a Sunday a couple of lorries/mini-buss stop on the busy road and out pops a procession that then proceeds down temple street.

ęStephen Dee

ID 2011-12-04-44176

Chinatown - Festival

Followers of the dragon then went through a ritual fight before being allowed to continue. Despite the importance of tradition in Chinese culture, the mobile phone trumps tradition!

ęStephen Dee

ID 2011-12-04-44180

Chinatown - Festival

Followers of the dragon then went through a ritual fight before being allowed to continue, except for the lady (mother figure? as many of the characters seem to be babies with dummies).  Some had interesting arm decorations!

ęStephen Dee

ID 2011-12-04-44193 (L) 2011-12-04-44209 (R)

Chinatown - Festival

The procession stopped by an alter at a shop and offerings were made.

ęStephen Dee

ID 2011-12-04-44214 (L) 2011-12-04-44202 (R)

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