Introduction to Singapore
Republic of Singapore, commonly referred to as Singapore, is also known as the lion city. It is an island country in Southeast Asia that implements the parliamentary republic political system. Singapore is neighbors to the south of Malaysia via the Straits of Johor, and to the north of Indonesia via the Straits of Singapore. It is also south of the Straits of Malacca. Other than Singapore island (88.5% of the country's area), there are also 63 small islands in its surroundings.
In 1965, Singapore was declared independent. Singapore is a multicultural immigrant country. Promoting racial harmony is one of the core policies of the government. Singapore is famous for its stable political situation with a clean and efficient government. It is one of the most international countries in the world.
Singapore is a relatively developed capitalist country, known as one of the “four little dragons of Asia". Its economic mode is called "state capitalism". Singapore is the fourth largest international financial center after New York, London and Hongkong. It is also one of the most important service and shipping hubs in Asia.
Grand Prix Singapore 2018 Travel Guide – Places of Interest
1. Universal Studios Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore is located in the world's top tourist destination with the world’s highest investment and richest content, Resort World Sentosa. Universal Studios Singapore is the only Universal Studios theme park in Asia. It is divided into seven theme zones like Hollywood, New York, ancient Egypt, science fiction world, remote Kingdom etc. It is like being transported to the fantasy world of movies, experiencing the wonderful journey of immersing oneself in the movies. Among the 24 scenic spots and rides, there are 18 uniquely designed and exclusive for Singapore, including a double track roller coaster ride based on science fiction series Battlestar Galactica which goes up to a height of up to 42.5 meters. It also boasts the world's largest capacity futuristic water world theatre with 3500 seats.
Transportation: take the NE or CC subway line and alight at HarbourFront station. From the 3rd floor of Vivo City, transfer to the Sentosa Express and alight at Waterfront station.
Opening Hours: 10:00~21:00
Ticket Price: 74 Singapore Dollars
2. Merlion Park
Merlion Park is the smallest park in Singapore, located at the reclaimed area beside The Fullerton Hotel. The park has been moved 120 meters from its original site, and is currently located at its new home at One Fullerton. There is an open-air seating platform with souvenir and food and drink shops catering to visitors to take photos and rest. The 200 capacity platform holds a variety of artistic performances and recreational activities. With the marina bay in the background, audiences sit on the platform to enjoy concerts and wonderful performances under the starry sky, and also take pictures of the Merlion. The two different sized Merlion statues in the Merlion Park are a symbol of Singapore, a unique image of the local artist who ingeniously combined the body of a fish with a lion's head. If one visits Singapore, this is one place not to be missed.
Transportation: take the EW or NS subway line and alight at Raffles Place station and walk along the Singapore River for about 5 minutes.
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Ticket Price: Free of charge
3. Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is a new landmark of Singapore. It is a city garden belt composed of various gardens at the marina bay area. During the day, one can visit two conservatories and enjoy viewing thousands of plants. In the evening, one can enjoy the wonderful lighting shows, immerse in the night view of the garden, and have a seamless and memorable experience.
There are two conservatories in the garden, one named "Flower Dome", one named "Cloud Forest". There are more than two hundred thousand plants from all continents (except Antarctica) cultivated in the conservatories. The conservatory dome is the combination of architecture, environment and gardening culture.
Another feature of the garden is the Supertrees. These structures are actually 16 story high vertical gardens. One can have a bird's eye view of the whole garden at the top of a Supertree. In addition, the trees also have many practical functions like collecting rainwater, generating solar energy and serving as ventilation ducts for the conservatories.
The canopies of the Supertrees provide shade during the day while multicolored lights and projected multimedia dress up the vertical structures at night. At the top of the center tree, there is a circular walking platform which provides a stunning view of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, the Singapore Flyer and the Singapore skyline.
In addition, it is a paradise for children. In the Children's Garden, children can enjoy themselves playing with the water features.
Transportation: take the CC or DT subway line to Bayfront station, exit to the left and go along a glass underground passageway.
Opening Hours: 9:00~21:00
Ticket Price: Free of charge (Conservatories are 28 Singapore Dollars)
4. Night Safari
The Night Safari is the first zoo in the world to be built for nocturnal animals. It is located inside a 40 hectare secondary rainforest. The zoo is surrounded by plants and trees and one can enjoy touring on foot or ride an electric tram. The Night Safari has 130 species of animals, of which 35% are endangered species. Under the special lighting resembling moonlight, one will be able to observe the movements of these nocturnal animals in their natural habitat. The wildlife park is divided by eight geographical regions, and visitors can take the 45 minute tram tour with two routes which allows close observation of the animals. In addition, there are 3 trails meandering in the rainforest, namely the Fishing Cat Trail, the East Lodge Trail, and the Leopard Trail. These trails allow visitors to get close to the animals that are not easily seen from the tram, such as the lazy monkey and the cobra monkey. The area is also one of the few remaining tropical forests in Singapore. Walking along the East Lodge Trail, visitors will be able to see more than 100 species of native plants, some of which are over a hundred years old.
Transportation: take the NS subway line to Ang Mo Kio station and take bus number 138 from Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange; or alight at Chua Chu Kang station, and take bus number 927 from the Chua Chu Kang Bus Interchange.
Opening Hours: 19:30-00:00 daily (23:15 final admission), restaurants and shops open from 18:00, animal show starts from 19:30
Ticket Price: 39 Singapore Dollars (ticket price includes tram ride)
Grand Prix Singapore 2018 Travel Guide - Gourmet
1. Song Fa Bak Kut Teh (Clarke Quay Branch)
Song Fa Bak Kut Teh is a shop with more than 40 years’ history. It has become a part of many Singaporeans’ memory. This bak kut teh is Teochew style with no taste of medicinal herbs. Instead, it is a clear broth with pepper taste. The soup is fragrant and delicious. Together with other dishes that Singaporeans like to pair with the soup, the result is heavenly.
Song Fa has seven branches but this is the recommended branch.
Recommended Dishes: fried dough sticks, bak kut teh, braised pork knuckles, stewed pork, stewed pork knuckles, stewed pork intestine, pig mixed organ soup.
Price: 60 yuan
Transportation: take the purple subway line to Clarke Quay station and walk for about 5 minutes.
Address: 11 New Bridge Road #01-01 (near Upper Circular Rd)
Business Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 9:00-21:15, closed every Monday
2. Tian Tian Hainan Chicken Rice
Located Maxwell Food Center, Tian Tian is one of the most famous Hainan chicken rice in Singapore. As it is in the food center, the dining environment is not so lavish, but one can judge the popularity from the long queue of patrons waiting to enjoy the food every day. The tender and juicy chicken, soft rice and the homemade chili sauce are delicious. There is little wonder why it is so popular with the locals. As there is limited quantity per day, it is recommended to go early to avoid disappointment.
Price: 50 yuan
Transportation: take the green subway line to Tanjong Pagar station or purple subway line to Chinatown station, and walk for about 10 minutes.
Address: 1 Kadayanallur Street Maxwell Food Center #01-10 (near Chinatown)
Business Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10:00-21:00, closed every Monday
3. Jumbo Seafood (Riverside)
The store is located near Singapore River. The restaurant specializes in Singapore styled Chinese dishes with all kinds of fresh seafood. The restaurant's signature dishes are chili crab and black pepper crab. They are representative of the authentic taste of Singapore.
Recommended Dishes: chili crab, razor clam, seafood fried rice, stir-fry beef flat rice noodles.
Price: 500 yuan
Transportation: take the purple subway line to Clarke Quay station
Address: 30 Merchant Road #01-01 Riverside Point Singapore 058282
Business Hours: Monday to Sunday 12:00-15:00 and 18:00-00:00
Grand Prix Singapore 2018 Travel Guide - Shopping
1. Orchard Road
Orchard Road is a famous shopping belt in Singapore, with many stores and famous brands. It is a real shopping paradise. There are many shopping malls such as Tangs department store, Plaza Singapore and Meritus Mandarin Hotel. At night, The Orchard Road transforms into a spectacle of lights. It is a must visit if one is in Singapore!
Transportation: take the NS subway line to the Orchard station.
2. Vivo City
As Singapore's largest retail and lifestyle destination, Vivo City is an integral part of Singapore's shopping essentials. Located in the waterfront area opposite Sentosa, Vivo City is a scenic and interesting shopping center. Its architect, Japanese Ito Toyo, made full use of the wide space and made it full of vigor and vitality. Vivo City has a series of works of art, an open playground for children and a rooftop amphitheater. Its shops range from beauty, books, food, DIY, electronics, entertainment, sports, daily necessities, pets and fashion.
Transportation: take the CC or NE subway line and alight at HarbourFront station.
Business Hours: 10:00-22:00
The Chinatown in Singapore is literally named ‘Cow, Car, Water’. The origin of the name came about because there was no running water at that time, and scenes of cattle transporting water were very common in Chinatown. Nowadays, Chinatown is the favorite gathering place among Singaporean Chinese. Food from all parts of China is available here and is very popular among local Chinese. Chinatown’s night market is ablaze with lights, like a temple fair in China. Today's Chinatown is also a modern shopping belt.
Transportation: take the NE or DT subway line to Chinatown station.
Business Hours: 11:00-23:00