Singapore: Garden City Of Asia and more..
The Lion City of Asia
Singhapura in Sanskrit means the land of Lions, is a red dot situated at the southern tip of the malaya peninsula, is the only island city, state in the world. Since the 1970s, Singapore has also been widely known as the Garden City of Asia, owing to its extensive greening policy covering the whole island.
Singapore is one of the original Four Asian Tigers, but has surpassed its peers in terms of GDP per capita. In 2015, Lonely Planet and The New York Times listed it as their top and 6th best world destinations to visit with over 15 million tourists visiting it.
We at Black Swan Journeys, through this page, will strive and hopefully change your preception of Singapore from a place that is supposed to be the “least exotic place in Asia. There’s nothing to see there, unless you’re a connoisseur of skyscrapers or container ports
Lap of Nature
Singapore is knows as a city of gardens, with over 300 parks and 4 national reserve forests. The Vanda Miss Joaquim is the national flower of Singapore. The botanic garden is a UNESCO world heritage site which offers a dazzling array of over 60,000 plants, and is home to the majectic Tembusu tree that is featured on the Singapore $5 note. One can also enjoy free concerts at Singapore Symphony Orchestra. The Gardens by the Bay is a 101-hectare park with towering steel Supertrees that stretch up to 50 metres into the sky. Other places of intrest could be Labrador Nature Reserve, a haven for flora and fauna like magnificent monitor lizards. The Southern Ridges is a 10 km link up of parks, a must see here is the Henderson Waves pedestrian bridge, which is particularly beautiful at night when it’s lit up.
Culinary & Nightlife Escapades
Singapore offers an array of cusine from the side walks and hawker centers to the mix of Chinese, Malaysian, Peranakan (a mix of Chinese and Malay) and Indonesian food as well as restaurants by internationally famous chefs including the most Michelin-starred chef in the world, Joel Robuchon. If your are the intrested in experiencing night life then Singapore is right up there, visit the enclaves of Holland Village and Dempsey Hill or paint the town red at Boat Quay or Clarke Quay. Jumbo Seafood is a must try for seafood lovers with chilli crabs being a speciality. For typical Sichuan style hot pot, Hai Di Lao at Clarke Quay is a great place.
Singapore can also surprise travellers with its stature as an art paradise. Read up more about it here - Singapore Art
Heritage, Architecture and Culture
If you like history, then some must visit places are the Asian Civiliasations museum which showcases 11 thematic galleries displaying some 1,300 artefacts from China, Southeast Asia, South Asia and West Asia. The Changi museum offers exploration of Singapore’s wartime history during the Japanese Occupation. A must visit place for families with kids is the Mint museum of toys at Seah Street, is believed to be the largest collection of its kind in Southeast Asia. It has more than 50,000 pieces of vintage toys, some of them over 100 years old, and childhood memorabilia from more than 40 countries. he National Museum of Singapore tells you the intriguing story of Singapore in a manner that is both fun and rewarding. Some old as well as modern pieces of architeture of merit is the Raffles hotel very close to Merlion park, the most identifiable icon of Singapore. The Marina bay sands is a site to visit, especially when the sun sets.
Recreation, Leisure and Shopping
No article on Singapore is complete without mentioning the shopping experiences for the retail addicts. Bugis street is a 600 shops souviner and affordable shopping paradise, right opposite which is Bugis Junction for high street brands. Orchard road is the is the other retail and entertainment hub of Singapore, whith malls that lined up on both sides of the road. For the electronic lovers, funan mall specialises in electronics and IT-related goods. For the more authentic local experience, head to Chinatown which is filled with traditional shops and markets as well as cool stores and cafes. For families with young kids some of the must do are Sentosa amusement park, Gardens by the bay, considered amongst the most beautiful gardens in the worls, the Jurong bird park, the Mandai zoo, with the night safari.
Some great times to visit Singapore can be married to your intrests. The great Singapore sale happens from June till August. The Singapore Food Festival (SFF) happens from July to September and if your in Singapore in August do not miss the National day celcebrations on 9th of August. The Hungry Ghost Festival (also known as Zhong Yuan Jie in Chinese), when the souls of the dead are believed to roam the earth is celebrated in August and is one of the best times of the year to soak in the local culture and observe traditional rites. The Singapore International Festival of Arts is a smorgasbord of theatre, dance and music performances. For the adrenaline afflict the Singapore Grand prix season offers an opportunity to be a part of High-speed racing, blockbuster concerts, star-studded parties, pop-up stores. One can sign off the year in style by celebrating Christmas and New year with the spectacular Marina Bay Singapore Countdown.
So, Singapore as a destination is for all ages, intrests and personalities. So like any Singaporian might say ‘Chop-chop’ and have a great time in Singapore la 😉
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