Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Singapore Marina Bay Gardens

Marina Bay is said to be the center of tourist activity in Singapore, with modern buildings, museums, shops, gardens, and great views from both sides of the bay.  I'm approaching the bay from Chinatown, walking through a deserted-on-Sunday business district.  As soon as I exit the tall office buildings, the vista opens up.

 Approaching Marina Bay

I have heard of the fabulous Gardens by the Bay in Marina Bay and I quickly pass the huge mall (back for lunch later) and enter the urban jungle.

 Sculpture and petrified wood on display at the Gardens by the Bay visitor center

Just off the visitor center is the Flower Dome, the largest greenhouse in the world.  I can see lots of plants through the windows as I walk by and only a little further is one of the most recognized displays of the park, the Supertree Grove, with eighteen art trees and an aerial walkway through the tops of the trees.

 Supertree Grove with aerial walkway

 Other sights in the park include great gardens and sculpture.

 Sculpture and lush tropical landscapes in the Gardens by the Bay

But, all this walking is making me hungry.  And, I know that just outside the park is the large mall I walked by on the way here and it must have food.  The stairs from the park lead onto the roof of the mall, where I have more panoramic views and I pause for a bit, then resume my hunt for lunch.

 View from the roof

The food court is in the basement of the mall and the selection is fabulous.  True to form, I choose the roast duck stand, order smoked duck with bok choy and rice, and head over to the drink stand for a Diet Coke while they prepare my lunch.

 Roast duck stand, smoked duck with bok choy and rice

 Well fortified, I head back to the hotel.

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