04 Agustus 2011

Explore Singapore’s Garden Wonders at the Famed Chinese and Japanese Gardens

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Tucked away within the breathtaking landscapes of Jurong Lake lies Singapore’s most prized horticultural possessions. Simply dubbed the Chinese and Japanese Gardens, this touristic haven next to Jurong Bird Park near Yuan Ching Road is a popular attraction frequented by locals and foreign nature lovers who continue to be captivated by the beauty of these lush gardens. Constructed in 1975, the Chinese Garden is undoubtedly the more stunning of the two with its imperial style architecture and Chinese art inspired garden design. 

Stately marble stone lions welcome visitors to the garden at its entrance. Found in the famed Peking Summer Palace is the Bridge of Pai Hung Ch’iao’ with its 16 arches boasting an architectural style.  Aptly named the Garden Courtyard, its gardens contain a pond named “Fishes Paradise”, located at the heart of the structure. It is also known as the Early Spring Courtyard. Described by many as a work of stunning art, the Stone Boat is an ideal example of the stylistic elements known to Peking style structures and Yao-Yueh Fang, although the Tea House remains equally spectacular with its winding gallery, reminiscent of the prestigious Summer Palace. A grand venue, the Main Arch building is ideal for shutterbugs as the locale contains two scenic courtyards.  The seven storey pagoda at the garden is another highlight which is located on a slightly elevated hill within the locale. Built in the manner of the Ling Ku Temple Pagoda in China’s Nanjing, it is also one of the most recognizable structures in the garden which is visible from across the Bridge of Double Beauty due to its towering stature. Deemed the inner spirit of the gardening art form in China, the Chinese Tower, Pavilion and Plateau adheres to the traditional arrangement and landscaping dictums of Chinese garden architecture. The pavilions at the Chinese are a collection of four, where they follow the Northern Chinese Pavilion style with quaint footpaths, rocks, plants and streams connecting the buildings.

The garden’s Bonsai  Garden is another focal point at the premises with 2000 bonsai trees brought over from China and other parts of the world. Spread out across 5,800m2, this beautiful landscape of Suzhou-style structures is the biggest Suzhou-style Bonsai garden outside the Chinese republic. Containing sculptures of the 12 Zodiac animals deeply rooted in Chinese culture, the Garden of Abundance has a stone bridge and a sundial with pomegranate trees over a 100-years-old, imported all the way from Shantung in China. The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum is also worth a visit while the adjoining Japanese Garden is laden with marble paths that resonate with the sound of your own footsteps. Simplistic in design and ideal for meditation and escaping with your thoughts, the Japanese Garden encompasses beautiful summer houses and several Zen rock gardens. Other highlights include ponds filled with koi, stone lanterns and elaborately gilded arch overpasses. 

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