There is also a mix of religions from the different sets of people, but I will talk about those in a different post. This post is going to be about the Gardens by the Bay.
Singapore is a beautiful country that is 1 degree north of the equator. Do you know what that means? It means that it is hot and humid there year round. Hot and humid every single day of the year. Every single day. Hot. Humid. Ugh.
Do you know what that means? That tropical plants can grow there and are expected to grow there and do grow there. Gardens by the Bay is a stunning example of tropical flora and fauna. It is a large area that houses several different gardens (duh), the Supertree Groves, the Flower Dome, the Cloud Forest, water features, and several restaurants.
After getting off the MRT (Singaporean subway), we had a bit of a trek to get to the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. It is a beautiful walk but really it was so hot and humid that it was hard to enjoy. (I am sorry, but I will probably whine about the weather quite a bit. We are use to hot, but throw in humid and that just about does us in!)
Before crossing the bridge to get to the actual Garden by the Bay area we encountered the Dragonfly Lake with its fountain and dragonfly sculptures.
Crossing over the bridge we got a good look at the Singapore Flyer (which we didn't go on), a few Supertrees and the Flower Dome.
The flowers in the Gardens by the Bay are stunning. I love the way the petals of this white plumeria twist. I am sure there is some math that can be found in it, especially with that spiraling.
It was in the Gardens by the Bay that I saw my first coconut tree!
One thing you need to know is that the layout of the gardens is completely man made. This particular part of Singapore was build by bringing in sand from Indonesia. They believe that they will have to build more land this way because of the growth of Singapore. Shoot, if it wasn't so hot we wouldn't mind living there ourselves! I kept thinking, "Man, I would love to come back here when it is cooler," Then I would realize that it doesn't get cooler. EVER. That thought would depress me. Those poor people!
I would just have enjoy it while we were there. So back to the gardens. There are sections dedicated to the heritage of the people of Singapore. We were able to walk through the Chinese garden.
We walked through the Indian garden as well. We didn't see the Malay or Colonial gardens though.
Once through the different gardens we made it to the Supertree Grove. They are amazing and even light up at night!
Here is the night one first.
There is a walkway that you can pay about $5 to go up to see the views.
But we opted for paying to go up an elevator to go to a restaurant for something to drink and see the views from there. Either way, the views are AMAZING. Let me share!
This is the Marian Bay Sands hotel. At around $300 a night we can't afford to stay there, but it is free to look at! Plus it is cool to look at!
Especially at night!
Gaze a little to the right and you can see the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, which I will tell you all about next.
That ends our trip through the Flower Dome. Frankie didn't want to leave, but with a promise of the coolness of the Cloud Forest next I was able to get him out the door.
The Cloud Forest's main attraction is the 115 foot waterfall that is the tallest indoor waterfall in the world.
The view from under the falls.
There are more flowers and plants in the Cloud Forest with a walkway to see them all from many different view points.
It was so pretty in there but after having just come from the Flower Dome it was starting to all blend together. There were a few things that stood out though.
Take for instance these huge flowers made completely of Lego's!
There was a pond where one wasn't expected. Then again, I don't walk around anywhere expecting a pond. So they are nice when they pop up. Especially pretty ones like this one.
One final picture to sum up the whole experience of the Gardens by the Bay is this shot taken from inside the Cloud Forest of the Supertree Grove.
How cool is that?
In my next post I will share our walk around the Marina Bay and the interesting things we saw there. I hope you will return to read all about it.