Dragons of various shapes and forms have arrived at Sentosa Flowers 2012 (圣淘沙春节花会), in time to celebrate the Lunar New Year amidst a million cheery blooms!
The annual floral festival will return from 22 to 29 January 2012 and transform Sentosa into a magical floral wonderland that is cloaked in the sweet scents and brilliant hues of spring.
Carrying the theme “Enchanted Spring” (绮域之旅), the eight-day event will feature 16 colourful and interactive photo points – at least half of which are inspired by the Chinese zodiac dragon.
In its seventh year, Sentosa Flowers 2012 will feature a couple of firsts in the event’s history:
• First Sand Sculpture
Specially sculpted for the event, a majestic sand sculpture of a dancing dragon will be brought to life, at the hand of internationally-acclaimed sand sculptor JOOheng Tan. Named “Dance of the Dragon” (祥龙欢舞), this sand sculpture spans 10 meters long, three meters wide and three meters tall, and greets guests at Imbiah Lookout.
• Mount Faber’s Debut
Guests can complete the Sentosa Flowers experience by taking an idyllic ride on the Singapore Cable Car and visit the “Dragon Gate Inn” (龙门客栈) at The Jewel Box. At the “inn”, guests can take photos with a large dragon-shaped kite or enjoy a cup of Jasmine tea and light refreshments. Those with more sophisticated palates can also head to the Chinese restaurant, Empress Jade, for the luxurious Dragon Well Tea (龙井茶) and festive feasts.
“In creating the seventh installment of Sentosa Flowers, we wanted to captivate the imagination of our guests with intriguing interpretations of the Chinese zodiac dragon. The floral representations give a fresh twist to the majestic creature and are set to be colourful backdrops for guests to snap away with their cameras. To start the year on an auspicious note, the photo journey must include a walk through our specially-crafted Dragon Gate located at the Merlion Plaza,” said Grace Lee, Environmental Management Director, Sentosa Leisure Group.
Stretching across Merlion Plaza, Imbiah Lookout, Beach Plaza and Mount Faber, Sentosa Flowers will showcase some 800 types (species, cultivars and varietals) of flowers and plants – four times that of last year. Amongst these, dragon-related plants and spring flowers from temperate countries feature prominently, including the Red Spider Lily (龙爪花), which is reminiscent of dragon claws, and Daphne (睡香), a flower famed for its fragrance.
The dragon theme also extends to Resorts World Sentosa, where two giant dragons take centre stage during the festive season – a golden dragon at The Bull Ring blessing guests with good fortune and an auspicious dragon at The Forum.
Sentosa Flowers 2012 is the ideal venue for families to capture fun memories together and learn fun facts about plants bearing names with the Chinese character for “dragon”, dinosaurs, dragonflies, tea processing, scented orchids and sea creatures at the six educational trails available.
For information about Sentosa Flowers 2012, the public can visit http://flowers.sentosa.com.sg or call 1800-Sentosa (736 8672).
Date: 22 – 29 January 2012
Time: 10am to 10pm
Venue: Merlion Plaza, Imbiah Lookout, Beach Plaza, Resorts World Sentosa and The Jewel Box (Mount Faber)
Event admission: Free entry (usual island admission charges apply)
How to get there:
- Board the Sentosa Express ($3 per entry) from VivoCity, Level 3
- Take the Lunar New Year shuttle bus service ($2 per person) from HarbourFront Interchange
- Ride the Jewel Cable Car: Two-way trip – $26 per adult, $15 per child
- Walk in via the Sentosa Boardwalk ($1 per entry)