Chinese constitute the largest part of the Singapore’s population. No wonder that Chinatown – a small area pressed between the South Bridge and the New Bridge Roads and fronting the Central Business District – is an obligatory point on the tourist map of Singapore.
We recommend to visit Chinatown in the afternoon or evening when the narrow streets of this mini-district start flashing with the lights of hundreds of shops. Chinatown is also a good place to buy souvenirs. Except of typical plastic-fantastic stuff made in China the tourists can buy good quality ginseng (surprise, surprise: ginseng of the best quality comes from Korea, not China), products of traditional Chinese medicine, good quality tea and the related accessories, jewelry and the original perfumes which might be found at 70-80% of the high-street price (although sometimes in form of a tester). There is also plenty of restaurants and bars, particularly in the Food Street. Last but not least, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple located in the South Bridge Road is very popular among tourists.