Chinatown, is a suburb of the Singaporean ethnic enclave in the Outram district. With distinctly Chinese cultural characteristics, Chinatown has a traditionally clustered ethnic Chinese community.
Singapore’s Chinatown is regarded as Niu che shui (simplified Chinese: a; traditional Chinese: a; pinyin: Niú chē shu a; lit.: ‘ox car water’) in Mandarin, Gu Chia Chwi in Hokkien and Ngau-che-shui in Cantonese-all of which means ‘bullock water-cart’-and Kreta Ayer in Malai (Post-1972 spelling: ‘kereta air’), which means ‘water cart.’ This is because in the 19th century, Chinatown was mainly supplied with water by horse-drawn vehicles. These terms are also found in the region around Cretan Ayerstrasse as references to Chinatown in general.
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