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October 23, 2021

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The future looks green

Singapore’s hot new attraction is a garden, but this one’s got far more than just botanicals. The 100-hectare Gardens by the Bay, near Marina Bay south of downtown, is more of a super park with super trees and a super skyway. There are 18, 25-to-50-metre tall, concrete, steel and wire trees throughout. Each looks completely futuristic and is covered with ferns and tropical climbers, bromeliads and orchids. Some include photovoltaic cells that convert solar energy into light at night, while others collect rainwater. Two are even connected via a 128-metre long walkway and there’s a bistro at the top of another. The park’s glass Flower Dome is another feature; it replicates the cool-dry climate of the Mediterranean and is home to plants from deserts worldwide. Then there’s the Cloud Forest with its 35-metre-tall mountain complete with giant waterfall. Admission to the two conservatories: about $22 for adults; to the skyway: about $4. The park’s other features will open soon.

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