Drawing inspiration from the style of architecture and landscaping that was present in northern imperial China, the Chinese Garden is one of Singapore’s picturesque parks. A peaceful refuge amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, the Chinese Garden is one of my favourite gardens to go to for runs, walks or even tai-chi practice. Built in 1975, the Chinese Garden was designed by Taiwanese architect Professor Yuen-chen to provide a piece of ancient China in Singapore’s western district.
I particularly like the Bonsai Garden, which houses a collection of over 2,000 beautifully manicured bonsais imported from Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand. Other main features of the 13.5-hectare garden include the Marble Stone Lions, the 13-Arch Rainbow Bridge, the Main Arch Building, the Stone Boat and Tea House, the Garden of Abundance, the Bonsai Garden, the Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum, a seven-storey pagoda and four Chinese pavilions.
Interspersed within the garden are bridges, pavilions and pagodas which make great backdrops for photos. My favourite spot is definitely the Main Arch Building. Within the building lies two courtyards, the Early Spring Courtyard with jasmine and pomegranate trees and the Garden Courtyard with its miniature lakes and bridges, and a fish pond called the Fishes Paradise. If you are a shutterbug like myself, this is the place to capture some Instagram-worthy images. Check out the photos I took in the slideshow rolling above!
Tip: The Chinese Garden is connected to the elegant Japanese Garden, which is modelled after Japanese aesthetics from the Middle Ages.
Address: 1 Chinese Garden Road
Hours: Daily, from 6am-11pm
Admission: No charge
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