Opened in June 2012, Gardens by the Bay offers visitors a vibrant horticultural oasis of lush greenery and floral displays. Enter the Flower Dome and be inspired by thousands of magnificent flowers and plants from the Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions in this cooled conservatory. Get awe-inspired by the botanical wonders of the tropical highlands in the Cloud Forest, where a spectacular waterfall and mountain cloaked in vegetation await you. Walk along the 22-metre high OCBC Skyway suspended from the iconic Supertrees, and admire the most ravishing scenic views of Marina Bay and Singapore’s Skyline. These Supertrees not only provide shade and shelter during the day, but also have environmentally sustainable functions. As night falls, catch the dazzling display of light and sound in the OCBC Garden Rhapsody amidst these impressive Supertrees to end your day with a wonderful note. How to get here: – Nearest MRT station: Bayfront MRT Station (CE1/DT16), Exit B – Bus service: 400 – For more details, visit: http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/plan-your-visit/getting-here-and-parking.html
Established in 1859, the Singapore Botanic Gardens played an important historical role in the introduction and promotion of many plants of economic value to Southeast Asia, including the Para rubber tree. Over the years, the Gardens has continued to introduce and rejuvenate its horticultural attractions, each designed to enchant and delight while continuing its mission of connecting plants and people. Today, the 74-hectare Gardens is a key civic and community space, and a national tourist destination. Attracting an annual visitorship of more than 4 million, it is also an important institution for tropical botanical and horticultural research, education and conservation. The Singapore Botanic Gardens showcases the best and most spectacular of tropical flora, including more than 10,000 types of plants and the region’s most significant living collection of documented palms, orchids, cycads and gingers. Its historic 19th century garden landscape is well preserved and includes the earliest ornamental designed lake in Singapore. Home to numerous heritage trees and a tract of primary rainforest, the Gardens is less than a 10-minute walk from the shopping belt in Orchard Road. The Singapore Botanic Gardens is managed by the National Parks Board.
A gateway to Singapore’s nature reserves, the MacRitchie Reservoir Park is a popular spot for nature lovers and exercise enthusiasts. With hiking trails, a newly improved pontoon for kayakers and an upgraded canoe shed, it is also a great place for recreational activities, both on land and in water. A 12-hectare green haven bordering the country’s first reservoir and the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, the MacRitichie Reservoir Park is highly visited by nature lovers and sports enthusiasts. As a gateway to our pristine forest and waters, the park is a popular venue for schools and organisations to hold cross-country events, allowing participants to run through designated trails while embracing the wonders of our native biodiversity. The iconic MacRitchie bandstand continues to hold a special place in the hearts of many Singaporeans, and is often used to host performing arts presentations and solemnisation ceremonies. Take a morning or evening walk and stroll along the water’s edge to admire the beauty and serenity of the reservoir. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely paddle through the calm waters or explore the forest and discover its inhabitants on the many trails. For those looking for an adrenaline rush, hike over to the TreeTop Walk. Featuring an amenities centre equipped with washrooms, showering facilities, lockers, drinking fountains and food kiosks, the reservoir deck is an ideal venue for warm-ups and cross-country events. Under the Active, Beautiful and Clean programme initiated by the Public Utilities Board, a landscape highlight in the park is a near 100-metre vegetated gravel swale, which is complemented by a 40-metre submerged boardwalk. These features are primarily designed to sieve out coarse sediments and pollutants from surface water runoffs, which eventually enhance the nation’s water quality in the reservoir. The furnishing of these features with plants and vegetation has further enriched biodiversity. Visitors can stay captivated by nature while taking a leisure stroll along the reservoir edge. The park also features a green two-storey car park with 300 parking lots, with an upper deck which collects rainwater and channels them into a bioswale. The MacRitchie Reservoir is one of the four reservoirs that bound Singapore’s nature reserves. Other reservoirs include the Lower Peirce Reservoir, the Upper Peirce Reservoir and the Upper Seletar Reservoir. Serving as water catchment areas, forests surrounding these reservoirs are protected from agricultural activities in order to ensure the quality of the water.
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