What makes a city stand out from the rest is its balance between the natural and the manmade, and in this respect, Singapore has never fallen behind. In spite of a new skyscraper rising against the backdrop of the cobalt sky almost every month, Singapore has never fallen short of making genuine efforts to preserve its natural parks and the lush green forests. These very efforts have given rise to beautiful and serene spaces, such as the Southern Ridges, where people take shelter in order to get away from the city and feel closer to nature. This ten-kilometre long trail spans the hills of four parks and picturesque pathways and provides an excellent walk through nature without ever having to leave the city.
With the Forest Walk, the Earth Trail and the Terrace Garden, Telok Blangah Hill Park is a sight to behold. Midway through the Forest Walk is situated the Singing Forest, an area with over two-hundred birds lending their voices to nature. Comprised of a bunch of semi-circular terraces, the Terrace Garden is situated at the top of the park and is one of the most popular places for wedding couples. Sit back and enjoy an outdoor picnic at one of the numerous picnic tables housed within while watching squirrels running by, or pump up some adrenaline by jogging along the park while the butterflies flutter by.
Hone your gardening skills under a single canopy setting in HortPark. In addition to beautifying Singapore, this spacious area has taken up some significant projects to conserve nature. By hosting Gardener's Day Out every month, the management committee of HortPark encourages people to take part in the enjoyable and interactive gardening activities. Connecting the Forest Walk of Telok Blangah to HortPark's Floral Walk, the magnificent Alexandra Arch is designed in such a way that it resembles an opened leaf. Forming a gateway to HortPark, the Flora Walk is a long trail lined with flowering plants which are pleasing to the eye and a popular spot among photographers.
Rich in historical significance, the Kent Ridge Park is the place where Singapore fought one of its last battles. To the east of the park lies a valley along the path of which is a pond thriving with fish and turtles. The exuberant Kent Ridge Park is linked to HortPark by the elevated Canopy Walk, which is home to the rare white-crested thrush and is covered with groves of the Adinandras and Tembusu.
An oasis of natural wonders, the beautiful Labrador Nature Reserve offers an extraordinary view of the sea and the lush greenery encompassing it. The melodious trills of birds and an occasional visit from the rare Oriental Magpie-robin among many others make this place an ideal one for nature enthusiasts.
As you enter the Marang Trail you are welcomed by a loud, melodious chirp of cicadas and a gust of fresh air amid the extensive flora and fauna stretching across the lush greenery. Occasionally thronged by the rarely sighted Black-naped Oriole and the Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, the Marang Trail is a popular hub for bird-watching. Here you can also spot the Saga Tree, which has bright crimson seeds used in jewellery-making and artwork. It also symbolises everlasting love and passion.
One of the oldest parks in Singapore, this sprawling space offers a plethora of activities to its visitors. Bird-watchers, joggers and nature lovers often find solace in this park covered by a dense secondary rainforest. Dig deep into history at the zenith of the park, the Faber Point, housing a mural wall which depicts a number of scenes from various local historical events. You can also enjoy the mesmerising view of the surroundings while gorging on some delicious food at one of the restaurants at the Jewel Box. The Henderson Waves, a piece of architectural brilliance, links the trail of Mount Faber Park to the Telong Blangah Hill Park and is the highest pedestrian bridge of Singapore. With alcoves formed of undulating curved ribs, this bridge houses sheltered seats for you to sit and take in the beauty that is Singapore.
As you walk past the Henderson Waves, you will come across a gallery of gigantic trees, most of them growing up to eighty metres tall. Home to over six hundred colossal trees, including the native Kempas, Tualang and Jelutong, which are endangered at present, this forest exists in order to educate people and raise awareness about reforestation.
For Alexandra Arch: 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM,
For Henderson Waves: 7:00 PM - 7:00 AM,
For Forest Walk: 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM, 5:00 AM - 7:00 AM,
On bridges: 7:00 PM - 7:00 AM
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