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Singapore Chinatown is the traditional Chinese quarters of the Singapore city. Though the entire Singapore city has a large chinese population but this area does retain some of its own charm. The area is also known as Niu Che Shui in Chinese and Kreta Ayer in Malay, both names meaning "bullock cart water", a reference to the carts that used to haul in drinking water. The town is colorfully painted by its unique traditions and cultures. Everything comes alive in Chinatown.

History of Singapore's Chinatown shows that the region evolved around 1821 when the first Chinese junk arrived from Xiamen, Fujian province in China. The passengers, all of which were men, set up home around the south of the Singapore River which is known today as Telok Ayer. Today Singapore Chinatown is an ethnic neighbourhood featuring distinctly Chinese cultural elements and a major ethnic concentration of Chinese people. Chinese forms one of the largest ethnic group in Singapore, alomost amounting to about 75% of the population. Chinatown in singapore has retained major historical and cultural significance with huge sections of it being declared as national heritage sites officially designated for conservation by the Urban Redevelopment Authority. The area has many places of interest, including mosques, temples, markets, parks, and shophouses. There places like Chinatown Heritage Centre, Chinatown Food Street, and Chinatown Night Market, have largely been maintained today for heritage and tourism purposes.

During a visit to Singapore and taking a round of Singapore Chinatown will let one discover the nostalgia of living in Singapore's past. Chinatown in the past was the hiding place for the people during the Japanese invasion of Singapore. Moreover Chinatown is a great place for ultimate shopping experience as the prices are great there. The area is a multiracial place that welcomes visitors from all nations to experience the rich customs and traditions of the great cultures of Asia. For a fine dining experience local dishes will arouse your appetite while the major cuisines of the world are easily available at the comfortable restaurants.

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