Chinese and Japanese Gardens are two incredibly fabulous attractions, located in Singapore, on two islands. They are united by a picturesque bridge with just as a charming name - the Bridge of Double Beauty.
Harmony of Architecture and Nature
The Chinese Garden in Singapore was created in the Northern Imperial Style, which refers to the period of the Song dynasty reign. The main peculiarity of the Chinese Garden is in its ideal harmony between luxurious architectural monuments and the environment. Bridges play a key role in the landscape design of China. They symbolize different stages of civilization development.
The White Rainbow Bridge in the Chinese Garden is an exact copy of the bridge located in the Beijing Summer Palace. It’s considerably smaller than the original, but this fact doesn’t influence its majesty and general impression it has on parks’ guests. Perhaps one of the prime elements of the Chinese Garden is its architecture. However, the constructions don’t dominate the landscape. Designers work rigorously on their creations to make sure they blend into the surroundings perfectly.
When you cross the bridge, you’ll be standing in front of the traditional Chinese arc - paifang. It has quite a grandiose shape. Right behind the arc, you’ll get into two courtyards with a beautiful fishpond in the center.
Another cult construction which is considered to be traditionally Chinese is a pagoda. It origins from the ancient Indian stupas which were used as a storage of holy relics. Such architectural constructions had spread all over the Asian countries and shaped according to the local traditions and culture.
Priceless Bonsai Art
Don’t stick only to the diversity of numerous buildings. The green plantations deserve as much of your attention. It has its own garden of arbuscles, comprising nearly 2 thousand bonsais, brought not only from China but from all parts of the world.
The pavilion with bonsais was opened in the 90s years of the previous century. Price of the collection is reckoned in 4 million dollars. It occupies the area of 6 thousand square meters and effectively highlights and complement the Suzhou architectural style. The city of Suzhou is the birthplace of Bonsai Art. Nowadays it has a school which keeps the unique techniques and its incomparable style with great solicitude.
If Chinese Garden excites people’s fantasy, the task of the Japanese Garden is to awake human feelings and emotions. Ten traditional stone lanterns, a holiday house, a small pavilion are located between ponds and little islands. Monitor lizards and turtles inhabit the area. You shall also find a museum on the territory of the Japanese Garden.
Important Information for Tourists
Entry on the territory of the gardens is absolutely free
Address: 1 Chinese Garden Road (subway Station - Chinese Garden)
Contact Phone: +6562613632
- The Chinese Garden - from 5.30 till 23.00;
- The Japanese Garden - from 5.30 till 19.00.
Ticket Price to the Turtles Museum: 5 SGD (3,60$)