Singapore & Hong Kong
Singapore is an ever-changing mosaic of fascinating contrasts of East and West, of rich legacies and sleek modern living. Hong Kong has developed from a tiny fishing village in the 1800 to a dynamic and thrilling cosmopolitan metropolis. Hong Kong is an incredible mix of traditional charm and modern wonder that needs more than a few days to fully explore.
With its friendly and welcoming people, Singapore has a state-of-the-art infrastructure and something new happening everyday. From the wonderful shopping on offer along Orchard Road, the famous long bar at Raffles hotel to the beaches and experience of Sentosa Island.
Picture Hong Kong and the first image that springs to mind is usually a dramatic cityscape, with towering skyscrapers jutting into the sky. While the city certainly has no shortage of big high-rises, remnants of old Hong Kong remain apparent in its many historical buildings. Thanks to efforts in the past few years to preserve these beautiful older buildings visitors to the city can explore these fascinating sites that they remain part of Hong Kong’s vibrant street culture.
Kowloon is the peninsula to the north of Hong Kong Island. It lacks some of the glamour of the Island, but makes up for it with unmatched vibrancy: Kowloon is by some measures the most densely populated place on the planet.
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Universal Studios Singapore
Go beyond the screen and Ride the Movies at Universal Studios Singapore at Resort World Sentosa. Only here can you experience cutting-edge rides, shows, and attractions based on your favourite blockbuster films and television series. Immerse yourself in the seven zones of history and fantasy as the silver screen is brought to life in front of your eyes. Take a bite out of The Big Apple as you pass all the classic landmarks of New York or find yourself in The Lost World where dinosaurs lurk round every corner. Step through a portal into another world in Sci-Fi City and pick your side in the battle between good and evil before taking a stroll down the walk of fame on Hollywood Boulevard. Befriend ogres and princesses in the Shrek-themed Far Far Away zone or chill out with lions, hippos and zebras in Madagascar.
Gardens by the Bay
Come and discover Singapore’s new botanical wonder, the Gardens by the Bay, a breath-taking horticultural paradise and cutting-edge green space built on land reclaimed from the sea. Bay South Garden, which was opened to the public in 2012, is the largest of the three gardens, with its 54 hectares showcasing the best of tropical horticulture and garden artistry. Make your way to the two cooled conservatories situated along the edge of the Marina Reservoir: the Flower Dome, featuring plants from the Mediterranean and other semi-arid tropical regions, including thousand year-old olive trees, baobabs and cacti; and the Cloud Forest, which replicates the conditions found in tropical mountain regions and features orchids, ferns, pitcher plants and many other species besides. It even boasts a 35-metre man-made mountain and waterfall.