Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Chinese Garden

Description

The Chinese Garden is a man-made garden built on an island in Jurong Lake, located in Jurong East of Singapore. The garden is connected to the adjacent Japanese Garden, also another island, by a bridge.

It was designed by renowned Taiwanese architect, Prof. Yuen-chen Yu and was constructed in the year 1975. Conceptualised based on Chinese gardening art, the architectures (ranging from pagodas and courtyards to bridges and statues) as well as as landscaping were modelled after the northern Chinese imperial style. Among the many interesting attractions are a Suzhou-style Bonsai Garden with more than 1000 imported bonzai plants as well as the Garden of Abundance in which Pomegranate trees from China were planted.

Surrounded by lush greenery and man-made lakes and ponds, the garden attracts a plethora of wildlife, ranging from water-associated species such as dragonflies and frogs to larger animals such as the Plantain Squirrel (Callosciurus notatus), Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis), and Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis).

Getting there

Take the MRT and alight at the Chinese Garden Station. The garden is a 5-minute walk from the MRT station.

Other Resources

Singapore Jurong Gardens. http://www.singapore-attractions.com/juronggardens.htm. (Accessed December 2011).

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