Adjacent to the Jurong bird park, on the Jurong Lake are the Chinese and Japanese gardens. The gardens are accessible by means of an overpass and connected with the Bridge of double beauty.
The Garden was constructed in 1975 by a renowned Taiwanese architect by name Prof. Yuen Chen.Based on the Chinese gardening art, the Chinese garden was devised. The “northern style “landscape architecture imperial garden forms a major portion of the garden. While the Chinese garden stimulates visually, on the other hand the Japanese garden induces feelings you can yourself hear your own footsteps on the marble chipped pathways. You can contemplate on the sound.
The salient features of the garden comprises of the following aspects.
Bridge: The Bridge plays a vital role in the Chinese gardening art. They are the most prominent structure and portray the diverse eras of civilizations. The white rainbow, the 13 arch bridge called the “Pai Hung Chiao ” bridge pursues the method of the 17 arch bridge located at the Peking summer palace China.
The Main arch building: After crossing over the bridge, you are received by this famous and characteristic Chinese arch building. This superb and splendid structure is a feast for photographers for taking snapshots. There are two courtyards inside the main arch buildings called as the “Garden Courtyard” and the “Early spring courtyard” There is also a fish pond callus ad the fish paradise.
Stone boat and Tea House: A renowned conventional Chinese architecture feature is the Stone boat structure .Its spectacular design and marvelous beauty is a master piece that is widely appreciated people all around the globe. ‘Yao-Yueh Fang’ (the stone boat) style is based on the Peking style design adaptation. The ‘Ming Hsiang Hsieh’ (Tea house) is a minute composition pursuing the extensive, zigzag gallery style located at the summer palace. This roundabout design is a distinctive and elegant Chinese architectural feature.
Pagoda; In olden times, the Pagodas was basically kept adjacent to the temple for housing human bones by the Buddhist monks. With the advent ops new architectural skills, the Pagoda got evolved into a beautiful and magnificent architectural structure.
The Pavilion, Plateau tower: The Chinese Pavilion Plateau and tower denote the Chinese gardening art’s soul. The creative features resemble the Chinese architecture and are greatly appreciated by mankind. The structural arrangement is very much vital and one of the most important rules is that the structure arrangement’s position is unbiased by its size and height. Moreover, the building must be connected with winding scream, rock and footpath to give a poetic look. At the Chinese garden the 4 pavilion designs depends upon the Northern Chinese pavilions style. It is decorated to merge with the garden harmoniously.
The Bonsai Garden: The Suzhou style bonsai garden was built on June 1992.at an amount of SGD 3.8 million. The garden is spread over an area of 5,800 sq. meters with Suzhou style buildings (integrating a 50 sq.metres major hall). The garden has nearly some 1000 bonsais imported from China. This world renowned garden now poses a well groomed look with an additional expenditure of nearly SGDD 5, 00,000 pumped in to tone up its look. Bonsai training centre is likely to be launched where the local bonsai expert will teach you how to groom and maintain the bonsais.
The garden of abundance Here you will see a century old pomegranate tree from Shanyung, China. This is planted along either the 12 Chinese Zodiac animal structures. This innovative planting material concept with significance of prolonged existence, fulfillment and abundance. It is devised in accordance with the traditional Chinese folk culture.
The main garden is opened daily from 6am to 11 pm.
The bonsai garden and garden of abundance is opened daily from 9am to 6pm.
No admission fee for the main garden. For the bonsai and the garden of abundance the admission fees is for adults it is SGD 2 and for kids in the age group between 3 to 12 years it is SGD 1. For elderly people who are 55 years and above the admission fees the SGD 1.
The estimated tour timing is about one hour.
Location: 1 Chinese Garden Singapore 619795
Tel: (65) 6261 3632
How to get there? The garden is at a walk able distance covering 5 minutes from the Chinese Garden MRT station (EW25).