This was the highlight of my time in Singapore. It's a billion dollar botanical garden, part of the city's strategy to transform Singapore in to a Garden City. It's free to visit except for the two huge domed conservatories (a ticket to visit both costs $28) which are superb inside.
One of the domes is the 'Flower Dome', the largest columnless glasshouse in the world which replicates the dry climates of the Mediterranean, Australia and South America. It was a kaleidoscope of colour with exotic flowers and plants all around, some of which looked too bizarre to be true. It's possible to download an App which tells you what each flower is. The second dome is 'Cloud Forest' which replicates the cool, moist conditions from tropical mountain regions like SE Asia and middle America. When we walked in we were confronted by its spectacular centrepiece, a man-made mountain containing the world's tallest indoor waterfall. It was quite an impact walking in, being met by the blast of air from the falling water and the cooling spray.
The most recognisable sight at Gardens By The Bay are the garden of futuristic techno-trees. They are between 25 and 50 meters tall and aren't just interesting to look at, they are the environmental 'engines' for the gardens, harnessing solar energy for the lighting, collecting rain water for cooling, irrigation and fountains and providing air for the cooling systems in the domes. The whole park has been designed to minimise environmental impact. Twice a night these trees have a light show, so at 7.45pm the music began and hundreds ooohed and aaahed to the show, which was like a firework display.
There is far more to explore in this brilliant attraction - I felt we barely skimmed the surface. You could easily spend a whole day here.
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