Chinese Garden: Journey to a Different Place

Chinese Garden: Journey to a Different Place

[Editor’s Note, 2020: Chinese Garden is currently closed for renovations.]

Chinese language Backyard, along with its sister park, Japanese Backyard, are on the coronary heart of recent, upcoming Jurong Lake Gardens. Whereas work has began on the adjoining Jurong Lake Park to remodel it into Jurong Lake Gardens West and each the Chinese language and Japanese Gardens will proceed to remain open to the general public up until 2018.

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The Chinese language Backyard first opened in 1975. This makes it greater than forty years outdated. Whereas it doesn’t have the glamour of Gardens by the Bay or the pedigree of Singapore Botanic Gardens, it’s nonetheless some of the characterful parks in Singapore.

In 2015, it was given a sprucing up with architectural repairs, together with electrical and repainting works. In 2016, it obtained an extra enhance to its visitorship with sightings of uncommon Pokemon on the Chinese language Backyard drawing droves of Pokemon trainers.

However, there are extra causes to go to the enduring Chinese language Backyard than Pokemon-hunting. The Chinese language Backyard affords a panorama that’s distinctive in city Singapore. As a consequence of its setting on an island in Jurong Lake, it affords a tranquil place to flee to – significantly on weekdays when there are fewer guests to the park.

Primary Entrance to Chinese language Backyard

The crimson foremost entrance to Chinese language Backyard has a inexperienced tiled roof with three arches that play peek-a-boo with guests to what lies contained in the Backyard. Guarded by two conventional Chinese language lions, look out for particulars such because the brass titties on the crimson picket doorways.

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Chinese Garden Singapore

Chinese Garden doorway

Previous the doorway is the 13-arch Bridge. The classical white bridge squirrels guests throughout the waters of Jurong Lake to the island the place Chinese language Backyard is located. The Chinese language Backyard’s 13-arch bridge is constructed within the fashion of the 17-arch bridge of the Summer season Palace in Beijing.

Chinese Garden bridge

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Primary Arch Constructing

On the finish of the 13-arch bridge is the Primary Arch Constructing. Two broad units of stairs lead upwards to the imposing constructing. Inside, there are two courtyards and a fish pond stuffed with koi.

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Since 2002, the Primary Arch Constructing has been house to the Dwell Turtle and Tortoise Museum. Contained in the museum is a personal assortment of dwell turtles and tortoises (what else). These are saved in enclosures and tanks. There are additionally free-ranging turtles and tortoises wandering round its open-air backyard.

In addition to the animals, there are additionally over 3,000 turtle and tortoise-related gadgets within the museum. Nevertheless, one of the simplest ways to expertise the personal museum is to buy some leafy greens from the counter and feed the animals.

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The Dwell Turtle and Tortoise Museum is open from 9 am to six pm each day with a small entrance charge.

[Editor’s note: The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum has shifted to ORTO]

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Landmarks Round Chinese language Backyard

Chinese language Backyard is constructed within the northern Chinese language imperial architectural fashion of the Track Dynasty (AD 960-1279). Because of this, you will see distinctive landmarks such because the Stone Boat and Tea Home inside its grounds.

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Chinese Garden Tea House

Essentially the most noteworthy of landmarks within the Backyard are its pagodas.

There are three in complete – a pair of dual pagodas abutting the waters of Jurong Lake and a towering one atop a hillock.

The dual pagodas are every three-storeys tall and accessible for the general public to make the climb to the highest.

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The opposite pagoda, generally known as the Cloud Piercing Pagoda, is seven-storeys tall. Impressed by the Linggu Temple Pagoda in Nanjing, China, it rises majestically above the encircling Gardens. Those that are keen to make the spiralling climb are rewarded with sweeping views of the Gardens and lake beneath. The Cloud Piercing Pagoda is open from 6 am to 7 pm each day.

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Bonsai Backyard

Open from 9 am to five pm each day, the Bonsai Backyard was added on to the Chinese language Backyard in 1992 and constructed within the Suzhou-style. When you get previous the 2 imposing terracotta warriors guarding the doorway, you’ll really feel as if in case you have wandered into a standard Chinese language house – one stuffed with bonsai.

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Apart from the various crops across the courtyards, a singular spot throughout the walled Bonsai Backyard is a pavilion located on a rocky crag. Paths lead as much as it from both aspect.

Chinese Garden Singapore As well as, for these within the know, there’s a hidden cave beneath the pavilion too!

Chinese Garden Cave

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Simply outdoors the partitions of the Bonsai Backyard is one other enjoyable spot – massive stepping stones that hippity-hop throughout the waters of a pond.

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Backyard of Abundance

Near the bridge connecting Chinese language Backyard to the adjoining Japanese Backyard is the Backyard of Abundance. Essentially the most noteworthy characteristic listed here are the 100-year-old pomegranate bushes planted right here, however you usually tend to be drawn to the statues of the 12 Chinese language Zodiac animals within the backyard.

Chinese Garden rat statue

There are kid-sized stone benches that includes the animals, a sundial, and miniature bridges on this quiet nook of the park.

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Chinese language Backyard for All Seasons

The Chinese language Backyard additionally has a neighborhood backyard situated towards the rear of the Dwell Turtle and Tortoise Museum.

Chinese Garden Community GardenOn account of its distinctive setting, Chinese language Backyard is a well-liked location for households to go to through the Mid-Autumn Competition for lantern walks. In earlier years, it might host a lantern competition and carnival. These days, the main lantern show through the Mid-Autumn Competition takes place at Gardens by the Bay.

The Chinese language Backyard is linked to the neighbouring Japanese Backyard by a white arch bridge.

The Jurong Lake Park and its enjoyable playground was situated subsequent to the Chinese language Backyard. Nevertheless, the Jurong Lake Park has been closed since April 2016 and is about to reopen in 2018 as Jurong Lake Gardens West. After Jurong Lake Gardens West has reopened, improvement work will begin on Chinese language and Japanese Gardens. Collectively, the Chinese language and Japanese Gardens will type a brand new Jurong Lake Gardens Central.

Attending to Chinese language Backyard

Chinese language Backyard is open from 5.30 am to 11 pm each day. Admission is free.

Chinese language Backyard is well accessible through the MRT. Firstly, from Chinese language Backyard MRT Station, head within the route of the Cloud Piercing Pagoda. Then cross a small crimson bridge to get to the Chinese language Backyard (albeit not by the principle entrance).

Chinese Garden MRT

These arriving by automobile or taxi can enter by Yuan Ching Street.

There aren’t any meals shops on the Chinese language Backyard apart from somewhat kiosk promoting drinks and ice cream by the Primary Entrance.

Chinese Garden kiosk

Chinese language Backyard 1 Chinese language Backyard Street Singapore 619795 Free admission

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