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Singapore : Where Nature And Urbanism Co-exist In Harmony

December 18, 2013

The English name of Singapore is derived from the Malay word Singapura, hence the customary reference to the nation as the Lion City. Singapore is the world’s only sovereign city-state that is also an Island Country. It lies in Southeast Asia off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Pulau Ujong, is its native name. Tourism in Singapore is a major industry in Singapore. It has one of the world’s lowest crime rates. Transport in Singapore exhaustive including the well-known Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system. Popular tourist attractions include the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari, Jurong Bird Park, Sentosa Island and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Singapore is a premium shopping destination as well with its various shopping belts Marina Bay, Bugis Street, Chinatown, Geylang Serai, Kampong Gelam & Arab Street, Little India, North Bridge Road, Orchard Road.

Singapore – a modern, urban city which celebrates Nature with special care!

Singapore, an island country in Southeast Asia, is one of the leading commercial hubs in the world. Founded in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles, modern Singapore was a flourishing trading post of the East India Company. After declaring independence from the UK in 1963, Singapore has flourished as a highly developed urban nation.

Home to various cultures, languages and religions, Singapore is a diverse young country. It is urban and cosmopolitan in outlook and offers a wide range of attractions for tourists.

You can head to the 150-year-old, 74-hectare Botanic Gardens to enjoy a day in the lap of nature, check out varied colors of orchids, watch tai-chi experts practicing their art and so much more.

Head to Jurong Bird Park to watch around 5000 birds belonging to more than 300 species, catch a glimpse of pelicans, watch a large flock of flamingos and check out some of the endangered species. Jurong Bird Park is the largest bird park in the world in terms of number of bird and 2nd largest in number of bird species.

Singapore’s Night Safari, the world’s first nocturnal zoo, is an entire open-air zoo that is only open at night. The Night Safari currently houses 1,040 animals representing 120 species, of which 29% are threatened species. Here the animals are not caged. Natural barriers keep them from visitors and you can see them in the darkness of the night with the help of lighting that resembles moonlight.

Underwater World is an oceanarium located on the western part of Sentosa (“Sentosa” means peace and tranquillity in Malay). The main attractions in Underwater World are Tiger Sky Tower (previously known as the Carlsberg Sky Tower) Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom, Merlion Statue, Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon, Songs of the Sea, Sentosa 4D Magix, SentosaCineBlast, Fort Siloso, MegaZip Adventure Park, Azzura Beach Club, Sentosa Luge & Skyride.

Songs of the Sea at Siloso Beach is a mesmerizing musical fountain show complete with water jets, and great music that is sure to leave you spell-bound. The Dolphin Lagoon houses some Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, also known as the pink dolphins.

Singapore is a shopper’s paradise with top brands vying for your attention – Chanel, Luis Vuitton, Dolce and Gabbana, Dior, Prada and what not! The markets are choc a bloc with top quality goods, making Singapore a favourite haunt for shopaholics!

Another reason to visit the country is the varied cuisines you get to taste here ranging from Malay, Chinese, Indian delicacies and more. In fact, the diversity of cuisine clearly indicates its multi-cultural society.

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