Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Changi Village

Description

Changi Village is known to many locals for its variety of good food but surrounding it are also many avenues for nature pursuits. Located at the waterfront, Changi Village boasts a 2.2 km boardwalk leading to the western end of Changi Point for easy exploration of the coastline. This Changi Point Coastal Walk is divided into six sections and lining the boardwalk are various species of coastal plants like the Sea Lettuce (Scaevola taccada) and Sea Almond (Catappa terminalia). The Black-naped Tern (Sterna sumatrana), Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica) and White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) are among some of the birds that can be spotted from the boardwalk.

To get back to Changi Village from the end of the boardwalk, one can retreat the same way or take Netheravon Road where there are several Heritage Trees. In this area, there are about 15 Heritage Trees of almost 100 years old or more and reaching more than 20 m tall. One will be able to witness among them, the majestic Dipterocarps standing at 35-40 m tall that have been around for at least 200 years. They stand as evidence of the Lowland Dipterocarp Rain Forests that had range from the interiors of Singapore all the way to the shores. One of these Dipterocarps, the Chengal (Neobalanocarpus helmii) is believed to have given Changi its name. The common name “Changi Tree” however, belongs to a legume, Sindora wallichii. Legend has it that there was a very tall Sindora wallichii in Changi, which was marked in maps and stood as a landmark, and was thus named the “Changi Tree”. A Changi Tree can still be found here and it is said to have grown from the seed of the orginal “Changi Tree”.

Changi Village is also home to the Tanimbar Cockatoos (Cacatua goffini), Sulphur-crested Cockatoos (cacatua sulphurea) and the Red-breasted Parakeets (Psittacula alexandri), all of which are non-native. They are commonly seen in the area and their loud calls are hard to miss.

Adjacent to Changi Village sits Changi Beach Park and Pulau Ubin is just a short boat ride away.

Getting there:

There are several buses available at Changi Village Bus Terminal: 2, 29, 9, 19 and 89.

Other Resources

Lai, J. Significant Trees and Shrubs in Changi. http://www.eart-h.com/text/changi3.htm. (Accessed December 2011)

Loo, A. & H.T.W. Tan. The Legend of the Changi Tree. http://habitatnews.nus.edu.sg/heritage/changi/changitrees/changitree.html. (Accessed December 2011)

National Parks Board. A Guide to Changi Point Coastal Walk. http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/docs/Changi_Coastal_Walk_e_Guide_Final(LR).pdf. (Accessed December 2011)

National Parks Board. A Guide to Heritage Trees at Changi Walking Trail. http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/docs/diy_guide/Changi_trees.pdf. (Accessed December 2011)

National Parks Board. Heritage Tree Register. http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=197&Itemid=79. (Accessed December 2011)

Rajathurai, S. The Exotic Village Birds of Changi. http://habitatnews.nus.edu.sg/heritage/changi/villagebirds/index.html. (Accessed December 2011)

Urban Redevelopment Authority. Rediscover Singapore 2: Changi. http://www.ura.gov.sg/rediscoverSpore2. (Accessed December 2011)

References

Urban Redevelopment Authority, 2006. Rediscover The East: Changi Point. Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore. 32 pp.

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