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Annual Chinese New Year carnival, River Hongbao kicks off

The annual River Hongbao carnival kicked off on Wednesday evening at the Floating Platform @ Marina Bay. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
The annual River Hongbao carnival kicked off on Wednesday evening at the Floating Platform @ Marina Bay. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Members of the public taking photos and viewing the displays at the River Hongbao opening ceremony at on Jan 29, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Members of the public taking photos and viewing the displays at the River Hongbao opening ceremony at on Jan 29, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Taiwanese university students performing a contemporary dance act at the River Hongbao opening ceremony on Jan 29, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Taiwanese university students performing a contemporary dance act at the River Hongbao opening ceremony on Jan 29, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong tours the various displays at the River Hongbao opening ceremony at on Jan 29, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong tours the various displays at the River Hongbao opening ceremony at on Jan 29, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shakes hands with those present upon his arrival at the River Hongbao opening ceremony at on Jan 29, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shakes hands with those present upon his arrival at the River Hongbao opening ceremony at on Jan 29, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arrives at the River Hongbao opening ceremony at on Jan 29, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arrives at the River Hongbao opening ceremony at on Jan 29, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

The annual River Hongbao carnival kicked off on Wednesday evening at the Floating Platform @ Marina Bay.

More than 1.1 million visitors are expected at the 11-day event, which features 28 displays of large handcrafted lanterns as well as performers, delicacies and handicraft from China's Yunnan province. Admission is free.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is the guest of honour at the light-up ceremony on Wednesday. Health Minister Gan Kim Yong will join revellers at the event to usher in the Year of the Horse on Thursday.

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