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Singapore is one of the world's major hubs, with its airport served by over 100 airlines flying to more than 200 cities. Not surprisingly, therefore, Singapore is one of the world's most popular stopover destinations. It is very easy to combine a stay in Singapore with a visit to a wide range of exotic Far Eastern destinations, including Thailand, Malaysia, Bali and Borneo, and it's ideal for a stopover on the way to Australia and New Zealand.
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Singapore is without doubt one of the world's most magnetic visitor destinations. Not only does its location make it a unique gateway to South-east Asia and Australasia, but it is constantly evolving to make its tourist offering ever more vibrant and enticing. It is often seen as a stopover, but there is more than enough here to tempt you to linger for a much longer period.
One of the greatest charms of this island city-state lies in its distinctive cosmopolitan culture, which is not surprising, given its location at the meeting point of several of the world's great civilisations. This cultural mix is reflected in the blend of the ultra-modern with diverse heritage buildings throughout the city. So the old Chinese structures of Chinatown, the Islamic styles of Kempong Glam, and the authentic Indian streets of Little India mingle harmoniously with futuristic skyscrapers, shopping malls, and engineering marvels like the Helix Bridge.
Food Capital of the World
Of course, this cosmopolitan mix is nowhere more evident than in the cuisine, and Singapore is justifiably called the foodie capital of the world -- in fact, food is a national obsession here. The city is home to some of the world's great restaurants, and just about every conceivable flavour from every corner of the world can be found here. But some insist that if you really want to experience Singapore's food culture, you should head to the street stalls in the heart of the city.
The other aspect in which Singapore is acknowledged to lead the world is as a shopping paradise -- its iconic Orchard Road recently overtook Paris's Champs Elysées and London's Bond Street as the world's top shopping street. However, these days the shopping is not confined to Orchard Road -- the retail scene has exploded and diversified, with Tiong Bahru and Haji Lane emerging as ultra-hip boutique shopping enclosures. Meanwhile, the new Shoppes at Marina Bay complex houses the world's biggest collection of designer boutiques to be found under a single roof.
One of the World's Greenest Cities
But Singapore is about much more than shopping and restaurants, world-class though these are. In fact it is officially one of the world's greenest cities, with over 50% of its area given over to green spaces. Apart from its vast parks and amazing tropical wilderness areas, just about all the city's roads, from expressways to suburban streets, are lined with abundant trees.
In fact, you don't even have to leave the city to find wonderful green places -- right in the centre is the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, where visitors can roam the hiking trails, experience the last remnants of Singapore's original rainforests, and encounter over 500 species of fauna including plenty of long-tailed macaque monkeys. Also central is Gardens by the Bay, with its 15-storey vertical gardens known as supertrees, which light up with a stunning display of colour, and the Cloud Forest featuring a 115-foot Cloud Mountain, with an indoor waterfall clad in luxuriant foliage. The Singapore Botanic Gardens are home to some of the country's most splendid floral displays, including the National Orchid Gardens, the world's most comprehensive collection of tropical orchids.
Escape the Metropolis
Further out of the metropolis is the serene Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, where you can wander through mangrove forests filled with reptiles, fish, crabs and numerous bird species. The Southern Ridges, also home to a wide diversity of flora and fauna, are an easy-walking system of trails connecting several parks including Mount Faber Park and Labrador Nature Reserve, the best places to enjoy panoramic views of the city, harbour and southern islands. Joining Mount Faber Park with Telok Blangah Hill Park is Henderson Waves, Singapore's highest pedestrian bridge, famous for its distinctive wave-like structure, and the Forest Walk and Canopy Walk are also bridges, cutting through the Adinandra Belukar Forest.
The beautiful green spaces of the city are part of the highly efficient infrastructure, which is one of Singapore's attractions for visitors -- it is exceptionally clean and litter-free, and has one of the best transport systems in the world. It is also virtually crime-free, and has been called the world's safest city, thanks to its strict laws and enhanced security. Boasting some of the world's most fabulous hotels, and with so many attractions that it is known as Asia's favourite playground, Singapore is surely a place that everyone should visit once in a lifetime.