More than 500 lanterns, 11 nights of fireworks at River Hongbao 2018

River Hongbao 2018 will feature an eleven-day extravaganza of lights, sights and sounds to usher in the Year of the Dog. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
Workers at the main entrance arch inspired by Singapore's iconic shophouses, standing at the height of 15m, and 26m across. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
This year's River Hongbao features the theme An Endearing Home for One and All. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
This year's River Hongbao features the theme An Endearing Home for One and All. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
This year's River Hongbao features the theme An Endearing Home for One and All. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

SINGAPORE - More than 500 lanterns will be featured at this year's River Hongbao.

About 35 craftsmen from Sichuan, China took about three months to handcraft and assemble the lanterns here into more than 60 display sets.

The lantern sets will be displayed at River Hongbao 2018, themed An Endearing Home for One and All, which will run from Feb 14 to 24.

The largest display set at 50m long and 15m tall is called Prosperous Nation, Flourishing People, and is inspired by Singapore's skyline.

Other lanterns will feature 13 different dog breeds, accompanied by information on each breed's characteristics.

There will be 11 consecutive nights of fireworks and lights shows, an exhibition, food, games and performances.

River Hongbao 2018 is organised by the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations, Singapore Press Holdings, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Singapore Tourism Board and People's Association.

The event will be held at The Float@Marina Bay from 2pm to 11pm daily, except on Chinese New Year's Eve on Feb 15, when it will be extended to 1am. Admission is free.

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