What to see in Green Singapore
All who come to Singapore, surprised by how uniquely combined and preserved local customs, architectural coloring, rich nature, wildlife and technology of the future, the implementation of which was until recently a fantasy.
Every tourist can find for themselves the attractions for which it was worth going to such a distant, for most, the trip.
Singapore is a city that is considered one of the most “green” in the world. Back in 1967, the authorities began a campaign to green the territory, trying to build into the overall strategy of urbanization of the region a policy of respect for nature, and make people’s lives comfortable and healthy.
Parks, gardens, and even nature reserves are an integral part of the urban landscape – everything around them grows, blooms, and smells. In the streets you can meet a wild otter, and birdsong does not surprise anyone, even in the busiest streets. Today the country has 350 parks and gardens and 4 nature reserves.
Already in the first seconds of stay in Singapore, right at the airport, travelers see the world’s largest waterfall surrounded by a tropical garden, arranged in five tiers. This natural wonder is man-made and constantly maintained by many professionals.
On the roofs of city buildings you can often see mini gardens. Singaporeans also plant plants on the facades of their houses. It is worth noting that under the law of this state, the builder is required to place on the building as many trees as were destroyed during the construction of the facility.
Sometimes the number of plants becomes even greater than they were before the construction work began. The Park Royal on Pickering Hotel is an example of such development – the vegetation doubled, and the total area of gardens, green terraces, and even water bodies and waterfalls on the hotel building was 15,000 square meters.
“The Green Plan. Reboot
In 2021, Singapore launched a new government plan called the Green Plan 2030. It envisages sweeping changes concerning the city’s greenery.
Singapore’s striking green space will be planted even more. One million new trees will appear in the city, and the area of parks will be increased by more than 50%. By 2035, the total area of green spaces will grow by 1,000 hectares. Particular attention should be paid to the goal of the program – each resident of the city should spend no more than 10 minutes to walk to the nearest park.
In addition to increasing the amount of greenery, the authorities plan to reduce the amount of garbage per resident by 20% by 2026, and by 2030 to build 1,320 km of new bicycle paths (there are currently 460 km). The same plan provides for increasing the number of charging points for electric cars (from today’s 28 thousand to 60 thousand).
Popular “green” attractions in Singapore
Gardens by the Bay
“Gardens by the Bay” can be called one of the most popular tourist spots. It offers beautiful views of the Marina Bay. There are a variety of flora of the world in the unusual glass domed greenhouses, which have no internal supports. All the greenhouses have a name.
“The Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest were listed in the Guinness Book of World Records (2015) as the largest glass greenhouses.
The Flower Fantasy Dome is a photographer’s paradise with over 32,000 plant species from around the world. They are planted in the form of waterfalls, balls, flower walls, and caves. In the greenhouse there is a vivarium with more than three dozen species of poisonous frogs of incredible colors. The premise combines seven gardens and olive groves under its roof, and it hosts exhibitions and makes unusual holiday compositions.
“Cloud Forest” is a dome with a 42-meter vertical forest, along which you can go up in an elevator or reach the top of the “Cloud Mountain” with a 35-meter waterfall on foot along a special serpentine. The waterfall has long been the leader in the ranking of the tallest indoor waterfalls, but gave the palm to the 40-meter-high waterfall (The HSBC Rain Vortex) located at Singapore’s Changi Airport.
The Gardens by the Bay has created a tourist complex of 18 amazing giants – artificial trees (from 25 to 50 meters), each with its own special function. The two tallest structures are connected by a 128 m long bridge. The height of the bridge is 22 meters and you can walk along it admiring the futuristic beauty and incredible lighting in the evening.
The remaining “trees” are responsible for collecting rainwater for the ecological irrigation of the park, collecting solar energy with special batteries, recycling products of horticultural activities. The project has won numerous international awards for its unique engineering solutions.
The oldest garden in Singapore, started by city founder Stamford Raffles some 150 years ago. The garden is on the list of UNESCO protected sites and you can walk around it endlessly, enjoying nature, its scents and sounds.
The botanical garden is divided into zones – bonsai garden, cacti, palm valley, ginger garden and others. The orchid zone contains over 1000 species and 2000 hybrids of these plants.
Mount Faber Park
The park opened in 1965 and will take at least half a day to visit. You can bike here and climb to the top of Mount Faber by cable car or on foot.
At the top of the mountain there is a bell of happiness and a fence with “wish bells,” where visitors tie bells bought there and hang notes with wishes on them.
At the highest point is a statue of “Little Merlajon”. – Singapore’s symbol and calling card. The statue has the head of a lion and the body of a fish. In total, there are 7 such sculptures in the city. The largest of them is located on the waterfront of Marina Bay (height 8.6 m and weighs 70 tons).
The green side of Singapore. What to see in the technological eco-capital of the world
Singapore is woven of contradictions – futuristic architectural masterpieces of glass and concrete are easily combined here with parks and gardens, preservation and multiplication of which was elevated to the scale of public policy. We have compiled the top locations, after visiting which you will call the city-state the eco-capital of the world.
SINGAPORE WILL SURPRISE EVERYONE
Travelers of completely different tourist preferences can safely go to the exotic Singapore.
This city is without any exaggeration multifaceted: here you can take a trip to the future, plunge into the unique local color, follow the life of wild nocturnal animals, come to admire the smells, sounds and authentic architecture of ethnic neighborhoods.
No matter what you do or where you go in Singapore, you’ll always find that man, technology and nature go hand in hand.
SINGAPORE IS ONE OF THE GREENEST CITIZENS OF THE WORLD
One of the greenest cities in the world, Singapore’s nature is amazing: everything grows and blooms here. Parks, gardens, squares are literally integrated into the urban environment.
The city is buried in flowers and trees, otters run in the streets, birds can be heard singing in the busiest streets, and right at the airport visitors are greeted by the world’s largest artificial waterfall surrounded by five-tier tropical garden.
The city’s large-scale planting campaign started back in 1967 and was one of the foundations of the city’s development policy, seeking a balance between urbanization and respect for nature. Gardens, greenhouses and nature reserves have since become an integral part of the cityscape. Today, about half of Singapore’s land area is occupied by parks and gardens – 350 parks and four nature reserves.
The city’s buildings are also immersed in greenery. It’s quite common for Singaporeans to place miniature gardens on the rooftops and facades of their homes.
There’s a law in Singapore that says a builder must place as many trees on a building as were cut down during construction. Some buildings have even more plantings than they had before construction.
For example, the Park Royal on Pickering was designed to have twice as much green space as what was there when it was originally built. The total area of gardens, ponds, waterfalls, green terraces and vertical greenery covering its building is 15,000 square meters.
“SINGAPORE’S GREEN PLAN
In 2021, Singapore launched its so-called “Green Plan 2030,” under which it plans to plant at least one million more trees and increase the area of natural parks by more than 50%. Thus, by 2035 the area of green areas in Singapore is to grow by at least another 1,000 hectares. The goal of this whole endeavor is impressive – the nearest park from any house should be no more than a 10-minute walk away.
By 2026 Singapore plans to reduce the amount of garbage per capita by 20% and by 2030 will have 1320 km of bicycle paths (compared to 460 km in 2020). The number of charging points for electric cars will be more than doubled, from 28,000 to 60,000.
Singapore, the government plans, will become a regional hub for developing new solutions for sustainable development and eco-friendly businesses, and will actively involve local entrepreneurs in this work.
GARDENS BY THE GULF
As you begin to explore the green side of the city, one can’t help but wonder, “How did Singapore come up with everything so incredible and original?”
One of the most popular natural attractions is Gardens by the Bay, which offers stunning views of the Marina Bay waterfront.
The gardens feature several greenhouses where you can experience a wide variety of flora from around the world. The orangeries are made as free-standing domed glass structures without internal supports. The Flower Dome and Cloud Forest greenhouses were listed in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2015 as the largest glass greenhouses in the world.
In April 2019, a new pavilion, Flower Fantasy, opened. It quickly won the love of seekers of truly high-quality and original photo content: everything here is filled with flowers.
They come down from the ceiling in the form of balls, growing on the walls. There is a very photogenic “flowerfall”, bonsai trees, a magical cave filled with exotic plants. And there is also a vivarium with three dozen rare poisonous tropical frogs of bright colors.
The Flower Dome exhibit has over 32 thousand plants of 160 species and unites seven “gardens”, olive groves. Hundreds of flower species are on display and themed floral arrangements are created for the holidays.
The Cloud Forest has a 42-meter vertical forest “Cloud Mountain”, which can be climbed by elevator or on foot along a circular path to the top of a 35-meter waterfall.
It had long been the tallest indoor waterfall in the world, until the Singaporeans themselves surpassed that record by opening a 40-meter waterfall at Changi Airport, The HSBC Rain Vortex.
Artificial waterfall and the mountain several times a day envelopes the man-made fog, which is released on the hour, creating the illusion of a thick, wet haze high in the mountains.
Here in the park for tourists created a special complex of 18 giant “trees” (from 25 to 50 meters). Each performs a different function. For example, some are responsible for collecting rainwater, which irrigates the park, others have solar panels, one of the “trees” is an eco-friendly power plant for the processing of horticultural products.
The two highest “trees” are connected by a 128-meter bridge. Walking on it at a height of 22 meters, you can admire a fantastic landscape. At nightfall, the trees are lit with hundreds of neon lights. By the way, this miracle of landscape engineering has received numerous international awards.
BOTANIC GARDEN IN SINGAPORE
A real find for nature lovers and those who just want to have a good time outdoors will be the Botanical Gardens, whose history dates back to the time of Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore. This sanctuary is about 150 years old and it is infinitely beautiful.
The best botanical garden in Southeast Asia, inscribed in 2015 on the UNESCO World Heritage List, you can walk for hours: look at the sculptures, admire the Swan Lake, enjoy the wonderful scenery, silence and sounds of nature.
In the park, tourists are waiting for plants from all over the world, they are divided into several thematic areas: bonsai garden, cactus garden, palm valley and ginger garden. Flower lovers should definitely visit the legendary orchid garden, because it has a collection of over 1000 pure species and 2000 hybrids of orchids.
THE PARK AT THE TOP OF MOUNT FABER
If you try to compile a list of Singapore’s top ten natural locations, Mount Faber Park, one of the city’s oldest parks atop Mount Faber, opened in 1965, is sure to be on the hit list.
You should budget at least half a day for a trip here, and there’s plenty to do. You can ride a bike or climb to the top of Mount Faber on foot or by cable car.
On the mountain is a ship bell, known as the Bell of Happiness. There is a fence with “wish bells” next to the bell. Those who wish can buy mini bells in a nearby store, tie a note with wishes to them and start believing in a miracle.
On the highest point of Mount Faber is a statue of “little Merlayon. Merlayon is a symbol of Singapore, representing a mythical creature with the body of a fish and the head of a lion. There are 7 such sculptures installed in the city. The most famous of the art objects is 8.6 m high and weighs 70 tons, which rises majestically in Merlajon Park on the waterfront of Marina Bay at the mouth of the Singapore River.
In fact, every park and natural attraction in Singapore is worthy of its own narrative. The most correct thing in this situation is to see everything with your own eyes.
Such an opportunity for Russian tourists may appear soon. The authorities of Singapore do not exclude the gradual opening of the borders, although, of course, everything will depend on the situation with the pandemic in the world.
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