Gardens By the Bay in Singapore is one architectural marvel. The gigantic compound spans through an astonishing 101 hectares of reclaimed land, with conservatories, gardens and lakes that would guarantee a fantastic visit.
There’s a reason for the Cloud Forest to be the taller dome – because there is a little “mountain” in there ! We expected trees, flowers and plants in the dome, but walking into the Cloud Forest with a waterfall pouring from the mountain was totally out of our expectation.
The little mountain has different levels you could visit. Level 4 exhibits various types of crystals and it is also where you would do the “Tree Top Walk”.
At Level 5, this is where you get to walk the bizarre-looking bridge. The conservatory is cool throughout as it mimics the habitat of tropical rainforest at 1000 m to 2000m above sea level; a bit like Cameron Highlands actually.
Moving to the Flower Dome, it showcases 9 different sections from different parts of the world – the Californian Garden, the Olive Grove, the Australian Garden, tthe South American Garden, the South African Garden,
the Mediterranean Garden,
the Succulent Garden,
the Baobabs (water-storing trees, take a look at the fat tree trunks you’ll know where the water is stored),
It might be a good idea to plan to see the Supertree Grove at night, because it’s much more spectacular. Also, the Garden Rhapsody is played twice daily at 7.45 pm and 8.45 pm, where the trees put on a dazzling show of lights at play.
The vicinity is also the perfect place to view the Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands.
Lastly, don’t forget to check out Marc Quinn’s giant baby sculpture known as “The Planet” located at The Meadows – superbly looking like a floating baby only supported by the hand. I wonder what kind of physics / mathematics calculations had to be deciphered before materializing this sculpture !