August 15 & 20, 2012
Located in Marina Bay area, this super-park is the newest addition to Singapore’s wide selection of tourist attractions that marks the country’s vision in becoming a “City in a Garden”. It is very accessible via the Bayfront MRT station (Circle Line). You can also opt to come from Marina Bay Sands where there is a connecting bridge to the gardens.
From afar the thing that would draw your attention to this place is the big tree-like structures aptly called the Supertrees. Ranging in height from 25 to 50 metres, the Gardens’ 18 Supertrees are basically vertical gardens covered in bromeliads, ferns and tropical flowering climbers. Two of the trees are connected via an aerial walkway (called the OCBC Skywalk in which you have to pay 5sgd in order to walk through this bridge). The structures mimic the ecological functions of real trees through their environmentally sustainable features. Some have photovoltaic cells on their canopies to harvest solar energy to light up at night, others are integrated with cooled conservatories and serve as air exhaust receptacles (Source: http://www.cnngo.com/singapore/visit/gallery-gardens-bay-opens-singapore-403330). This is the one I wanted to see, especially the lights at night that surround the trees, hence the purpose of visiting at night.
The place is great for sight-seeing and relaxing in one of the benches or swings beside the reservoir. If you want to do some relaxing, then I suggest going on a weekday, so that there wouldn’t be too much people passing by your designated spot 😀
Aside from the supertrees, you can also opt to visit the conservatories- the Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome, situated along the edge of the Marina Reservoir, although you have to pay entrance fees for both, separately. There are also different dining options available within the Gardens. Other information are available at the Gardens by the Bay website.