Fancy a Trip to Singapore?

As the global gateway to Asia, Singapore offers a wealth of arts, entertainment, history and food that reflect the diversity of its multi-racial population. It is a city that is constantly changing, with something interesting around every corner. People from Asia came here eons ago to make their fortune.
Singapore has long ceased to be a pure stopover city. Now you can explore this city and have something to write home about – 🙂  When it comes to tourism, where you only spend one or two days before your onward flight to your next destination.
There is always something to discover was able to discover numerous new things and great highlights every single visit: a new spectacular garden, a new museum, new architectural highlights, cool new rooftop bars, trendy cafés, and of course, countless new restaurants and food courts.

1) Food in Singapore

Singapore’s greatest treasure is its colorful diversity of people. The ancestors of most of today’s Singaporeans only moved here from all parts of Asia during the last 200 years and shaped the kaleidoscope of cultures, religions, and customs that make the city so impressive and worthy of a visit.

And if you are like me and like world food then Singapore is  an absolute foodie paradise!

It is so  easy for an outsider to lose track of everything. The range of hawkish centers, food courts, kopitiams, pâtisseries, and restaurants of all price ranges and styles seems just as inexhaustible as the various kitchen traditions that have shaped Singapore.

In addition to various Chinese (Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese, Hakka and Hainanese) and Indian culinary traditions (mainly North and South Indian), the Indonesian-Malay and Nonya cuisine (a mixture of Chinese and Malay cuisine) can also be found in Singapore culinary tradition again.

Also, all other well-known Asian cuisines, such as Japanese, Korean, or Thai, are represented here in more than sufficient variation and in different price ranges.

And if you miss the local European flavors with all the exoticism, you can go to one of the many Italian or French restaurants and then stock up on the finest baked goods at a French Boulanger or pastry chef.

2) Gardens by the Bay

Singapore is astonishingly green for a city of this size: Biodiversity and sustainability naturally play a prominent role in the limited space.

Accordingly, Singapore naturally has many gardens. Probably the most spectacular of them, the “Gardens by the Bay” (→ Google Maps ). This top attraction extends over 101 hectares of land that has been reclaimed from the sea. The Gardens by the Bay consist of three different sections, of which the “Bay South Garden,” which stretches along Marina Bay, is the most interesting to me.

In addition to the huge outdoor area with a Zen garden and artificial lakes, there are also two spectacular eco-friendly greenhouses that houseplants from different climate zones.

The Flower Dome, probably the largest greenhouse in the world, is home to Mediterranean flora, while the Cloud Forest simulates a tropical vegetation zone at an altitude of up to 2000 meters.

However, the park’s real attraction are the 18 steel structures called Super trees, which protrude up to 50 meters and on which plants such as orchids, ferns, and bromeliads grow upwards.

These super trees are particularly impressive at night when they shine in bright colors against the futuristic Marina Bay Sands’ backdrop.

 

It is even possible to climb individual super trees up to the height of a 16-story house and stroll along the floating OCBC Skywalk at the height of 22 meters.

3) China Town

Another attraction is China Town. Under English administration, China Town was the place where the Chinese immigrants settled. With the Chinese making up by far the largest group of immigrants, ahead of all others, China Town was a chronically overcrowded place until the 1960s.

This district’s cultural heritage can still be discovered today while walking along with the beautifully renovated houses on Tanjong Pagar Road, Ann Siang Road, Club Street, and around Terengganu Road.

But the well-renovated houses of past decades can also be found along other streets. This seemingly charming look  – the view from the lantern-hung Temple Street is something to see. The  People’s Park Complex can be considered almost iconic for China Town or the whole of Singapore. Why ? “The architecture of the complex scored several firsts in Singapore. Its name as well as the block of flats was the closest to Le Corbusier‘s ideal of high-rise living, as expressed in his Marseilles Unité d’Habitation, both in concept and in form.[8]”

Another great attraction in China Town is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. The temple is really worth seeing, and you can see the whole complex and the individual floors of the temple for free. In the museum with Buddhist relics, there is a tooth that supposedly came from Buddha – hence the temple’s name.

 

And lastly due to Singapore’s great effort in environmental clean up

 

Otters are back and they have taken up resident in the city.

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/singapore-otters-wildlife/2021/10/22/9e85c3ac-2afd-11ec-b17d-985c186de338_story.html

 

 

 

 

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