This year, Intercruises is kicking off the Year of the Dog in style, as guests in Sinagpore enjoy a true culturally-immersive adventure that satisfies all the senses. But our adventures don’t end there….! If you’re looking to offer guests a captivating Chinese experience they’ll never forget, take a look at what we have planned for the year ahead!
- Singapore: Thian Hock Keng temple, the Bazaar in downtown Chinatown, delicious authentic Yusheng and River Hongbao festival
- China (overland): Harbin Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival & Ice Fishing in Chagan
- China (overland): Museum of Terra Cotta Warriors, authentic lunch and bicycle ride along Xi’an’s city wall
1) Thian Hock Keng temple, the Bazaar in downtown Chinatown, delicious authentic Yusheng and River Hongbao festival
Cruise guests in Singapore will shortly be ringing in this Chinese New Year with a fun-packed tour starting with a unique visit to Thian Hock Keng – Singapore’s oldest and most important Hoklo temple. They will later get to explore the Bazaar in heart of the city’s Chinatown, followed by a feast of fresh Yusheng and other mouthwatering Chinese delicacies. They’ll be finishing off this magical day with a trip to the River Hongbao festival – offering everything you could possibly want from a cultural experience, from giant lanterns and live shows, to fireworks and plenty of culinary delights.
2) Harbin Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival & Ice Fishing in Chagan
With temperatures nearing -35°C in January, it’s no surprise that Harbin – the most populous city in Northeast China – plays host to one of the largest ice sculpture events in the world, attracting almost 15 million visitors each year. Explore this world-class winter wonderland between January 5th and February 5th, for the chance to witness the magic of not only these colossal creations, but various other incredible snow and ice-related attractions!
Lake Chagan has earned its pin on the map for being the only place in China where traditional Mongolian fishing (in which fishermen drill numerous holes in the ice and cast their nets beneath the surface) is still practiced. The method is now a National Intangible Cultural Heritage of China, and the lake, due to its purity, is known to have over 70 different species of fish! See these professionals do what they do best while taking in the whitewashed landscape.
3) Museum of Terra Cotta Warriors, authentic lunch and bicycle ride along Xi’an’s city wall
One of the four great ancient capitals of China, Xi’an is an epicenter of culture and industry, and of course home to the world-famous Museum of Terra Cotta Warriors – an entire army comprising over 8,000 life-size handmade soldiers, believed to be over 2,000 years old. Guests have the freedom to explore the large site on foot, later catching a bus to enjoy an authentic lunch in a local restaurant. Lunch is followed by a trip to the Xi’an City Wall, where guests will get the opportunity to cycle along the 15-meter-wide wall for almost 13km, while enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of the city around.
May the Year of the Dog bring you as many unforgettable experiences as possible! If you’re looking for more fantastic Chinese adventures for cruise guests like these, get in touch with our Regional Product Manager Asia, Errol Chicano here.