Gar­dens by the Bay

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The fu­ture has landed. The fu­tur­is­tic Gar­dens by the Bay (gar­dens­bythe­bay.com.sg) pro­pels botany into the 21st cen­tury with hi-tech de­sign and in­no­va­tion. Cost­ing $1 bil­lion and sprawl­ing across 101ha of re­claimed land, Gar­dens by the Bay is more than just a mind­clear­ing patch of green. A fan­ta­sy­land of space-age biodomes, “supertrees” and whim­si­cal sculp­tures, it’s a master­piece of ur­ban plan­ning – as thrilling to ar­chi­tec­ture buffs as it is to na­ture lovers.

S.E.A. Aquar­ium

You’ll be gawk­ing at more than 800 species of aquatic crea­tures at the world’s big­gest aquar­ium (rwsen­tosa.com). Its cu­ri­ous cast in­cludes gi­ant spi­der crabs and freaky an­gler­fish. S.E.A. Aquar­ium is a sprawl­ing, sta­teof-the-art com­plex that recre­ates 49 aquatic habi­tats found be­tween South-East Asia, Australia and Africa. The Open Ocean habi­tat is es­pe­cially spec­tac­u­lar – its 36m-long, 8.3m-high view­ing panel is the world’s largest.

River Sa­fari

Right be­side the Sin­ga­pore Zoo and Night Sa­fari, this new block­buster wildlife park (river­sa­fari.com.sg) recre­ates the habi­tats of seven world­fa­mous rivers. The Mekong River and Ama­zon Flooded For­est ex­hibits are im­pres­sive, their epic aquar­i­ums rip­pling with gi­ant cat­fish and st­ingrays, elec­tric eels, red-bel­lied

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