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Chinese and Japanese Gardens
Ranked #49 of 866 things to do in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The stunning colors of the plants and rock formations in the Chinese Garden contrast with the thought-provoking Japanese Garden.
Reviewed 23 November 2013

pls give this place a miss.

the name sounds attractive but this place is mediocre compared to the grandness of the "Gardens by the bay" attraction.

You have nothing to lose by giving this place a miss...

3  Thank singlish_sg
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

if you want to runaway from a busy and crowded place you have come to the right place. The place is near the MRT station just go straight and "Tadaaa" you've found it. On the way to the garden you can find a huge field for you to play kite, soccer, baseball, etc. In the garden it self you can find turtle museum, lake (with turtle and fish swim or you can find a lizard swim in it) and if you have more energy, try to climb to the top of pagoda to see the beautiful scenery. Or you can have picnic with your family, friends or your beloved.

Thank Anty A
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

In many previous visits to Singapore, I had ignored the Chinese Gardens. Faced with a blank Saturday afternoon in my diary and uncertain weather, I made a spur-of-the-moment decision to visit the Chinese Gardens. The name understates its attractiveness in several ways.

It's worth the thirty minutes on the MRT to come here - once at the station, it's an easy, signposted two-minute walk to the gardens. The name 'Gardens' fails to do it justice, since it is really a big and well-tended park on two islands in a complex of smaller and larger lakes. There is a tall pagoda with commanding views from the top and two smaller twin pagodas plus several other Chinese-style buildings which give the park its name.

There were three surprises for me.

First, was the abundance of wildlife in the park. No monkeys - which is a good thing as they are becoming a nuisance in other parts of Singapore. I have never seen so many large monitor lizards in one place before, together with a variety of big and small fish in the lakes. I saw some lovely birds, from long-legged cranes walking stiff-legged through the shallows to a dazzling electric-blue kingfisher winging over the water. A number of helpful signs offer information on all that can be seen in the area.

Second surprise was the turtle museum which contains a wide variety of tortoises and turtles. Despite the 'museum' name, they are all very much alive. Interesting for adults and amusing for children.

Finally, the best surprise for me was the Japanese Gardens next to the Chinese Gardens. They are less publicised, but provide a lovely, harmonious contrast to the Chinese version.

Larger than the Botanic Gardens but similar in character, this visit is for those who enjoy peaceful walks in lovely parks. Not too much for children to do except the turtles and renting a boat on the main lake.

1  Thank TACustomer
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

The Chinese and Japanese gardens in Singapore are a must-visit places if you are a nature lover. The gardens are easily accessible with a MRT stop just in front of one of the garden entrances. And the good note is that entrance is FREE! The chinese garden is beautiful with my favorite view being the pagodas - so colorful amidst the greenery. The Japanese garden is as expected - very neat and well trimmed - walk around the bonsai garden and you will wonder how all the trees are so well trimmed!

1  Thank verobl21
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

On a recent business trip to Singapore had a chance to spend a free afternoon at this wonderful spot in Singapore. I'm not usually one for gardens etc, but this was well worth the trip. There is no entrance fee to this large and beautifully maintained parkland (really too big to be called a garden). The water themed grounds are well laid out and are made up of the Chinese and the Japanese gardens. Both are full of interesting plants and trees (I guess you would expect that), and a wide variety of culturally themed pagodas, buildings, bridges, and places to just sit and relax. i recommend climbing the stairs to the top of the multi-storey pagoda (it has a proper name but it escapes right now) and I hope you do it easier than I did! I was there on a weekend and it was great to see not only tourists but family groups of Singaporeans picnicking under the trees and wandering through the various parts of the gardens. The gardens are easily accessible via the MRT. The journey is interesting also, with most of the trip being on the elevated line, giving you an aspect of 'suburban' Singapore you might not necessarily see as a tourist. Give yourself plenty of time to explore this great attraction.

Thank Ron P
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