Sunday, September 27, 2015

Mid-Autumn Festival 2015 @ Gardens by the Bay

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More than 10,000 Chrysanthemums has blossomed at the flower field within the Flower Dome! To celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival, our family headed down to Gardens by the Bay to take a stroll within the garden and admire the beautiful lantern display.



With the haze looming over the sky, we can finally enjoy some fresh air and fragrance from the flowers within the Flower Dome. More than 40 varieties of Chrysanthemums can be found, including unique Spider Chrysanthemums that have been specially brought in to Singapore for the first time!


Look out for the cute Pompon which are round and Disbud which have one central stem and produces one large flower. My personal favourite is the Pompon.

Spider Chrysanthemums - long, tube-like ray florets which coil or hook at the ends.

Flowers are spotted at every corner and we find ourselves snapping photos with the flower beds. This seems to be a 'ladies' thing and the boys had fewer photo shots. 




We used to bring the children to Chinese Gardens when they were very young. The moon gate at the backdrop definitely brought back some fond memories then.


More awaits us outside the Flower Dome as 300 lanterns shaped like various animals and plants ruled the Gardens. Do not miss these hand-crafted lanterns by master craftsmen from Zigong province in Sichuan, China which will be on display from now till 4 October 2015.


Zebras and Giraffes spotted at the Supertree Grove. 

Seems like the Night safari has been transported to the gardens.


Since it is the Year of the Goat and in conjunction with Singapore's 50th anniversary, a competition was organised where participants decorated their goat lanterns on site. All 50 specially designed goat lanterns were hand painted by the public and displayed during the festival.


Majestic elephants on the grounds 

Chinese zodiac lanterns are one of my favourites and this year the animals are celebrating Singapore's jubilee with everyone.


The magnificent dinosaurs lanterns, up to 25m long is one of the main highlights at the Gardens. A distinctive contrast with the pre-historic creatures against the city skyline. 



Spot Chang-E and her little bunny at "Birds Singing in Harmony" lantern display.

Arches of Flora and Insects

More lanterns can be spotted at various locations in the Gardens which includes floating lanterns, such as majestic sea palace, dragon boats as well as Racial Harmony lanterns and flowers and baobab trees.

Apart from lantern viewing, there are nightly cultural performances at the central stage area in the heart of the Supertree Grove put up by local music and cultural arts groups. For more information on the performances, click here.


It's absolutely stunning to enjoy an evening under the glowing Supertrees. Plus, do not miss the Garden Rhapsody, a spectacular light and sound show which happens every night (7.45pm & 8.45pm).

Feeling hungry or thirsty? Enjoy a variety of food choices from more than 30 stalls at the Food Street. You can find local delights like muah chee, kebabs, roti john, fried ice-cream and more.


Denver & Gladys went for their favourite - Ramly Burger!! Queue was long but it was worth the wait.


There are a couple of stalls selling ice-cream but our kiddos prefers to go for the nostalgic, old-school style Magic Ice-cream Popsicle among all choices.
 

Are you game for a round of Chinese Chess? You can try the vertical version or sit down with your opponent for a game of wits by the table. Alternatively, you can try to guess the Lantern riddles which I find it extremely intellectual and challenging.


Mid-Autumn Festival is one of our favourite traditional festival as our family can spend time to get together. Carrying lanterns, sampling mooncake and viewing the lantern displays are some activities that we will not miss out every year.

More photos at BPDGTravels facebook page

Wishing everyone a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

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Mid-Autumn Festival @ Gardens by the Bay will be on-going from now till 4 October. Look out for the fireworks display on 3 October, 8pm at Supertree Grove!

"Celebration of Chrysanthemums" floral display
Date: 24 September to 10 November 2015
Time: 9am to 9pm
*Admission charges to the Flower Dome applies, with special promotions for children and local seniors.

Mid-Autumn Festival @ Gardens by the Bay 2015
Date: 25 September to 4 October 2015
Time: 7pm to 11pm
*Free entry

Special Promotions

- Children aged 12 years old and below who show up with a lantern at the ticketing counter from 25 September to 4 October, between 5pm and 9pm, can redeem a free ticket to enter the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest on the same day.
*Candles are strictly not allowed in the Gardens

- SG50 Seniors Special : Local senior citizens aged 60 and above can enter the Flower Dome & Cloud Forest for free, while accompanying caregivers enjoy 50% off tickets. This will be on-going till 31 December 2015.

Gardens by the Bay website: http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/

17 comments:

  1. I love the chrysanthemums in the Flower Dome! Was so amazed to see so many different kinds, other than those we always see at wet markets. =P

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    1. Yes! The chrysanthemum definitely looks so different types from the markets

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  2. The gardens look so beautiful lighted up! Our family had enjoyed ourselves there as well :)

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    1. Yes. The lanterns very pretty in the night. . Too bad it's the hazy period.

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  3. We missed it this year! The flowers look gorgeous!!

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    1. There's still time and chance to catch it.

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  4. We were there too :) wasn't it awesome that we got to enjoy the the gardens on the day that had the least haze for the month! Lucky us and lucky GBTB!

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    1. Yes! We were so blessed to be there without the haze.. I hope this weekend will be the same too!

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    1. It's pretty. Don't miss the fireworks this Saturday too!

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  6. Wow! We had a great time last Saturday too! Loved the Flower Dome Chrysanthemum displays... just awesome!

    ~ Audrey @ SAys! Happy Mums

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    1. Didn't get to meet you the other day.. Hope to meet you next time! :)

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  7. I was there too! The moon gate was a hit with the crowd and everybody wanted to take home a memory from there. Haha!!

    Shirley @ SAys! Happy Mums

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    1. Yes.. we had to wait awhile before getting pictures taken at the moongate! :) Somehow it reminded us of Chinese Garden.

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    2. Yes.. we had to wait awhile before getting pictures taken at the moongate! :) Somehow it reminded us of Chinese Garden.

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  8. The photo of Garden Rhapsody is absolutely beautiful. Hmm.. must make a trip there when it is less hazy. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. seems like the haze is back up again.. Awww.. there will be fireworks at the Gardens tonight!!

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