Crazy Rich Asians sparks local tour craze

A scene from Crazy Rich Asians, which was filmed at Chijmes in Victoria Street. The nightspot is part of the itinerary for some tours based on the movie. Tourists listening to guide Catalina Tong during a visit to Newton Food Centre as part of a Craz
Tourists listening to guide Catalina Tong during a visit to Newton Food Centre as part of a Crazy Rich Asians-themed tour offered by Jane's Singapore Tours. At least three other operators are offering tours of locations which featured in the movie and book.PHOTO: TAMARIND LIVING
A scene from Crazy Rich Asians, which was filmed at Chijmes in Victoria Street. The nightspot is part of the itinerary for some tours based on the movie. Tourists listening to guide Catalina Tong during a visit to Newton Food Centre as part of a Craz
A scene from Crazy Rich Asians, which was filmed at Chijmes in Victoria Street. The nightspot is part of the itinerary for some tours based on the movie.PHOTO: WARNER BROS SINGAPORE

The tours let visitors experience the sights and dishes featured, with anecdotes about lifestyles

It is unusual to see anyone other than students, teachers and parents in the vicinity of the Anglo-Chinese School in Barker Road.

So passers-by would have been somewhat surprised to see a minibus with 16 passengers - from countries including Britain, Norway and Australia - slowing down so the foreigners could take a look at its red brick facade earlier this month, as a guide spoke of the tough competition that parents face to get their children into the school. They were there because the school is the alma mater of Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan - a fact which has turned it into one of Singapore's more unlikely tourist destinations.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 23, 2018, with the headline 'Crazy Rich Asians sparks local tour craze'. Print Edition | Subscribe