Singapore is one of the world’s most prosperous countries and had shown tremendous growth after independence. A small country in south-east Asia that is one of the World’s most important trading hubs. It is said to be only shopping complex to have a seat in United Nations. The city is very well planned. Its economy depends on its tourism sector. Singapore is a secular nation and has people settled from all around the world, but mainly includes Chinese, Indians, Tamil and Burmese. About 75% of the population of Singapore is Chinese. Many different religions are practised here like Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and even Taoism. English is the main official language of the city but Tamil, Hindi and Chinese are also widely used. The Singaporian Constitution gives complete religious freedom to its people. It is a very densely populated state despite its small size. Due to its multicultural heritage, it celebrates different festivals of different religions and enjoys different flavours of different cuisines from all around the globe. Singapore is quite an environment friendly city and has about half of its land covered with forests and number of wildlife sanctuaries and reserves.
Singapore is a very famous and crowded tourist destination. The most famous destination of Singapore is its Sentosa Island. It is an island in Singapore which was earlier used for military reasons but has been transformed into a popular tourist spot. It especially attracts children between the age of eight and twelve. It has Asia’s tallest observation tower which allows a full 360 degree view of the whole Island and Singapore. Sentosa is most famous among its native people for its artificial beaches named Siloso, Palawan and Tanjong. The last of the three, Tanjong beach is a quiet beach and is famous for playing beach volleyball along its coast. The Fish Reflexology offered here is also quite attractive, where the fishes nibble away the dead skin of your feet.
Sentosa offers the first Casino of Singapore. It is located underground, beneath the Crockfords Tower Hotel. The Casino is famous for its Asian games and provides free entry to the foreign tourists. It has 500 gaming tables with 19 varieties of games. The first Universal Studio theme park of Southeast Asia is also located in Sentosa. It has the world’s tallest duelling rollercoaster ride named Battlestar Galactica. The other attractions of the park are rides named “Cyclone” and “Human”. The first circus theatre of Singapore was also opened in Sentosa, named as Voyage De La Vie. It has international artists from about 16 countries of the world working for it. They depict stories and dramas in the form of song, dance and other circus arts which keeps the audience glued to their seats.
The Marina Bay is one of the newest district of Singapore and also a famous tourist attraction. It has the largest casino in Singapore which is much more glamourous compared to its counterpart in Sentosa. Esplanade Theatres on the Bay is often compared to the famous Opera House of Sydney. It offers song, dance, opera and all other types of classical arts. The Gardens by the bay offers large artificial trees which are showered by light at night and two conservative domes.
If you want to see the cultural heritage of Singapore, you should definitely visit the China Town of the city. Though more than half of the population of the island is Chinese, this place still had something new to offer. It reconstructs the 19th and 20th century era of China and shows its old culture and charm. The China Town is filled with variety of street stalls selling all kinds of Chinese food, handicrafts, antiques and accessories. It also sells all types of Chinese tea, herbs, medicines and its traditional clothes. At New Year’s Eve the whole China Town is decorated in traditional Chinese style and the famous lion dance of China is performed on the streets. China Town is also famous for its Chinese Spas and massage parlour of various types. Spa like Rustic Nirvana offer Balinese type spa and massage parlours like Qimantra are popular in the area. Other destination to encounter the culture of Singapore is the Little India. As the name says, it is the district for the large Indian community of the island. It is the most colourful and lively place of the city. The best time to visit this place is during Indian festivals like Kavadi and Deepavali. Of course the main cuisine of the place would be the Indian food which is very cheap here. It offers a treat especially for the vegetarian people. The main attraction of Little India is the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple which is the oldest and busiest temple of the city. Singapore is also famous for its ZackOut festival which is Asia’s largest music and dance festival. It is celebrated on the palm tree lined Siloso beach.
A trip to Singapore is incomplete without a good shopping experience as it is very famous for its malls and complexes. Due to strict consumer laws of Singapore, the shopkeepers are quite honest and the costs of the goods are quite low. The Orchard Road is the most visited tourist spot of the city and offers great deals of shopping experience. It is the venue of the Great Singapore Sale held in June – July and Singapore Fashion Festival. Singapore has low taxes and tariffs on imports thus the cost of goods is low especially electronic items. Singapore has large number of shopping malls and stores. Shopping is considered as the favourite past time of its people.
Singapore is one of the safest cities of the world even for single women travelling alone at night. But it is still advised to be cautious. The city authorities are very concerned about the cleanliness of the city and strict rules and heavy fines are imposed on the people. The laws of Singapore are very strict regarding drugs. Illegal trafficking and use of drug is a capital offence and results in death penalty.