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“A great park”

Chinese and Japanese Gardens
Ranked #42 of 863 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 July 30, 2013

Firstly, it is important to note that we only visited the Chinese Garden. The heat was so intense that we decided to head for home rather than bear the Japanese Garden aswell

The Chinese garden is very scenic. Many pagodas and statues to look at, aswell as a koi pond. The Turtle museum is also based here which I have reviewed separately. Aside that, there is not really much to say, this is just a park. A very nice, very scenic park, but ultimately, just a park

Thank Jamie C
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

Take the approximately half hour ride on the MRT out of the CBD and into the distance to visit these lovely co located sympathetically and authentically planned gardens. Enjoy a people free few hours wandering amongst immaculately tended meadows, paths, trees and garden beds, together with pagodas, summer houses, ornate bridges, bonsai, squirrels, statuary, ponds and manicured lawns. If you plan to climb the 226 steps (yes, I counted) to the top of the seven level pagoda at the entrance, do so first, because you will cover several kilometres to thoroughly check out both gardens. The view from the top is lovely, and in the distance you will see the skyscrapers of Singapore, popping up over a green border. No maps are available so look carefully at the information board at the gate to work out which garden you wish to see first. Go left if you choose the Japanese garden.

Entry is free, however there is a world class tortoise and turtle collection in the Chinese garden which charges a small fee. I've never been particularly interested in them but this excellent private display changed my mind and there is a lot of variety in the amphibian world - some of these guys can bite a finger off without even trying. They are curious creatures and nearly all sidled over to me and we met eye to eye as I passed their tanks. It was lunch time for them and they were checking me out as much as I was looking at them. It was also deserted so I received a personal tour of the highlights by the friendly attendant. You can buy some food to toss in the water to witness a feeding frenzy.

Take your time to linger around the elegant summer house built over the water and don't be startled by a sudden splash. It will be one of the truly giant water dragons living around and under the boardwalk and you will see them sunning themselves in the shallows and on rocks nearby. There is beauty at every turn - something flowering, massive rocks with orange lichen, rough barked magnificent groves of trees, shrubs of different colours, grasses, water features and too much to mention. Of course the garden is also a delight for bird watchers.

Cross a long bridge to enter the Japanese garden and you will notice the garden design change immediately. I found it pleasant and it is perhaps not as old or expansive as the Chinese garden.
My only criticism is that it seemed as if there were too many things crammed together - e.g. way too much park furniture, bridges too close together, dreadful bollard lighting placed insensitively right beside attractive stone lanterns, and too many ugly rubbish bins placed in spots to ruin the view and "line" of the otherwise elegant scenery.

Rest rooms were clean and unexpectedly well appointed. Upon exiting I enjoyed a nice conversation with the pleasant Indonesian attendant who kindly held my umbrella to shade me while I wrote some feedback. If you are not in a hurry on your return journey, consider exiting the MRT at Chinatown and make it a thoroughly oriental day. Tip: take some food with you because none is available in the gardens.

4  Thank zappagirl
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

I visited this garden by morning (i think this is the best time to take a walk in the garden). the sky was so clear, the sun shine and warm. we take a lot of good photo in there. it so easy to reach this place. you can go by a MRT and also there is no fee when entrance the garden.

1  Thank Yunawati P
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Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

The best thing about this place is that it can't hardly be packed with tourists because it's really huge. After Co timeout bumping I to strangers on the street of Singapore, you can come here to have as much space of your own as you want.
No admission fee.
I saw many locals come here to do exercises.
The Chinese garden is very beautiful and the whole place is very photogenic, you just can't stop taking photos.
Ask for a ride after finishing sightseeing the whole place. They have electric rides from MET Chinese Garden gate to the other side and vice versa. Just hail any ride passing by you and ask very nicely for a ride. If there's anything I learned about people here in Singapore, it's that they are not friendly or helpful and they're just as cold as ice. Even if sometimes I ask them to do something that is supposedly their job, I always do it in a way that looks like I am asking for a favor. Otherwise, they'll immediately show attitude.
However, all and all, if you have re, come here, if you don't have time, don't worry, you won't seriously miss anything. The place is quite far. From city center (say ... Orchard) you ride North South line and drop off at Jurong East to transfer to East West line, then get off at Chinese garden which is only one station away from Jurong East, walk your way to the gardens.

1  Thank Nhu_Phuong
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

perfect hangout for lovers . the place is clean but when we went there, it was raining hard so we didn't get to enjoy the scenes. try to visit the turtle museum.

Thank Ronald R
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