Sunday, October 13, 2013

The beautiful Garden By the Bay - Singapore

Garden by the Bay is a park on a reclaimed land in central Singapore, adjacent to the Marin a Reservoir. It is a favorite place in Singapore today and It's a 'must.' even if you only have a few hours in Singapore. It is a great sight and it is very close to the Marina Bay Sands hotel at Shoppes at Marina Bay.

the supertrees at night
It is a Singapore's premier urban outdoor recreation space and a national icon too. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. There is a fee to enter the domes but you can walk around the gardens for free.

The park has proven popular for event planners, with demand so high that the park has to limit the number of events to three per week.

bridge from Marina Bay to The Garden

Flower Dome
It is the lower but larger of the two, at 1.2 hectares  and it is 38 meters high. It maintains a temperature between 23°C and 25°C. It replicates a mild, dry climate and features plants found in the Mediterranean and other semi-arid tropical regions (e.g. parts of Australia, South America, South Africa).

The Flower Dome features 7 different "gardens" as well as an olive grove with a bistro and a central changing display field has also been incorporated to enable flower shows and displays to be held within the conservatory.

Cloud Forest
It is higher but slightly smaller at 0.8 hectares. It replicates the cool moist conditions found in tropical mountain regions between 1,000 meters and 3,000 meters above sea level, found in South-East Asia, Middle- and South America. It features a 42-meter "Cloud Mountain", accessible by an elevator, and visitors will be able to descend the mountain via a circular path where a 35-metre (115 ft) waterfall provides visitors with refreshing cool air.

The "cloud mountain" itself is an intricate structure completely clad in epiphytes such as orchids, ferns, peacock ferns, spike- and clubmosses, bromeliads and anthuriums. It consists of a number of levels, each with a different theme.

The Supertrees
These are tree-like structures that dominate the Gardens' landscape with heights that range between 25 meters and 50 metres. They are vertical gardens that perform a multitude of functions, which include planting, shading and working as environmental engines for the gardens.

The Supertrees are home to enclaves of unique and exotic ferns, vines, orchids and also a vast collection of bromeliads such as Tillandsia, amongst other plants. They are fitted with environmental technologies that mimic the ecological function of trees – photovoltaic cells that harness solar energy which can be used for some of the functions of the Supertrees, such as lighting, just like how trees photosynthesize; and collection of rainwater for use in irrigation and fountain displays, exactly like how trees absorb rainwater for growth. The Supertrees also serve air intake and exhaust functions as part of the conservatories' cooling systems.

the supertress view from bridge

There is an elevated walkway, the OCBC Skyway, between two of the larger Supertrees for visitors to enjoy a breathtaking aerial view of the Gardens. A food and beverage outlet is planned atop the 50-metre (160 ft) Supertree. At night, the Supertrees come alive with a light and music show called the OCBC Garden Rhapsody

This place is very different day and night! Visit the dome in the day time, they have exhibitions sometimes. They had an exhibition in the Flower Dome sometimes.  You will love the exhibition and walk around the Cloud Forest, so paying to get into both Domes were totally worth it. Visit the Supertreea Grove at night, you will love the light against the night.

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