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“A little peace away from the maddening crowd” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chinese and Japanese Gardens

Chinese and Japanese Gardens
Ranked #55 of 796 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.
Brisbane, Australia
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134 reviews
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“A little peace away from the maddening crowd”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

These are well planned gardens with wide, sealed walking paths. The gardens cover a large area and although they are popular it is possible to find a quite spot for a picnic, relaxing or admiring your surrounds. The lakes are full of carp and there are many water birds to be seen.

Entry to the garden is free. Within the Chinese Garden is a small turtle and tortoise sanctuary. Entry fee is $5.00. Some of the tortoises roam freely around the garden. You can buy a bag of tortoise food for $1.00 and feed the animals in the ponds. A great activity for young children.

Although there are many vending machines around the park selling cans of soft drink and bottled water I did not see and cafes or vendors selling food other than ice-cream.

The parks are very easy to get to as the entrance is directly outside the Chinese Gardens MRT station.

Visited April 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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20 attraction reviews
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“Do not waste time for oversea tourists”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

It is more suitable for local people to hanging around. Nothing special in the garden only with a pond with fresh air. Suitable for family with kids like me to spend a weekend with them, picnic or jogging.

For oversea tourists i would suggest to visit Botanic Garden instead.

Visited March 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Wasted potential”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

There are no so many parks of such size in Singapore and this one could very well be the "botanic gardens of the west". However, nothing really seems to make it attractive, particularly the Japanese gardens section which is old-fashioned (tyres used as flower pots, large unappealing paths) and offer virtually no attractions to children, In land scarce Singapore, it is really a pity that the potential of these gardens be left unattended.

Visited February 2013
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“Peace & tranquility - well mostly”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013

If you take the MRT,get off at Lakeside. It is a fairly short walk along Jurong lake (and if you look carefully, you see a number of small animals such as squirrels. The bonsai garden is definitely worth a visit - pity that a large part of it is not accessible. Climb to the top of the high-rise pagoda for a nice view of the gardens and surrounding area. The more wooded areas are really nice & quiet. I found a number of people who insisted on playing music at high volume on their cell-phones, something I find extremely rude. Would I go back? Yes, it is a nice place to visit. Take water though - it is HOT (there is at least a shop at the tortoise museum if you forget)

Visited March 2013
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“not bad for free :)”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

I went to the gardens on the MRT. I live quite a way away on the east coast. If I lived in the city I would use this facility again as it was lovely and peaceful there. Not too many people. Everything freshly painted and well kept gardens and lake. Only downside was nowhere to sit and buy a cold drink. If you go definitely take plenty of water, there are plenty of toilets there. Try and go at the cooler part of the day.I visited the turtle sanctuary but it upset me that there were so many crammed into a small place in concrete boxes.

Visited March 2013
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