Botanical tourism in Singapore

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Allie Caulfield

For many Singapore may bring to mind skyscrapers with financial cooperation headquarters, high-tech industry and one of the largest harbours in the world. And this is true, but Singapore is no concrete jungle — on the contrary it was the vision of founder Lee Kuan Yew, that it should not be so. The Government often refers to Singapore as "City in a Garden" and that is largely true, there are plants and trees everywhere, even downtown, and apart from the many great parks there are also a number of wild, green patches. One patch, the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve consists almost exclusively of primary rainforest, and is said to have more species living there than North America, and although that is debatable the biodiversity is indeed extremely high. Singapore has tropical rainforest within its city limits, and the Singapore Botanical Garden is one of only three botanical gardens to have UNESCO World heritage status (The other two being Kew Gardens in London and Padoa Botanial Garden in northern Italy). In Singapore you can board a train or bus and go directly to primary rainforest or mangrove swamp, and at the same time you don't really have to worry about horrid tropical diseases, poisonous snakes (do exist, but are quite rare) or giant spiders.
Singapore is part of the Indomalayan Realm, with South Asian wildlife.


Changi airport

Central and North

The Southern Ridges