Singapore Night Tour

At 6.15pm, we were picked up from our hotel and joined a small group of 17 people for our night tour of Singapore. We started off at the Gardens By the Bay, which is a relatively new botanical gardens of 101 hectares, built on reclaimed land. We sat on the grass, along with several hundred other people and watched a spectacular synchronized light and music show. They have created 18 tree-like structures of up to 50 metres tall and over a period of time the structure will become totally covered by the plants that they help to support. The trees have solar panels on the top to provide power for the lights and the misting watering systems. The light display, The Garden Rhapsody Show, had the trees being illuminated by a multitude of coloured lights that were synchronized to perform intricate lighting patterns in time with the background music eg William Tell Overture, Carmen and many other classical pieces. It really was impressive and entertaining.

Our second stop was at Marina Bay Sands Hotel, where we caught the express elevator from the basement to the 56th floor, which is called the SkyPark. It is an iconic platform built 200m in the air that looks like a boat, sitting on top of three towers. From this high vantage point we had a spectacular 360° view of the Singapore skyline. We could see the lights of the city, the major highways, the Singpaore Flyer and the many illuminated ships in Singapore Harbour. It was a beautiful warm and clear night, which made the views even more stunning.

We dragged ourselves away, descended to Level 1 and walked down to the waterfront to watch another synchronized light and music show, this time against the city and bay as a backdrop. Laser lights were projected onto fan-like formations of water being pumped into the air. Light formations were projected and various images were displayed into the water mists eg children running towards us, an orchestra playing, faces of babies, elderly people etc. It really was well done and something that we had never seen before.

We then boarded a bumboat for a cruise around the bay and up the Singapore River to Clarke Quay, passing under historical bridges and buildings that were built more than a century ago. This part of the bay is separated from the ocean by the Marina Barrage, which keeps the seawater from mixing with the fresh water of the bay and river, which they use as one of their 17 reservoirs they use for Singapore’s water supply.

We were delivered back to our hotel at approximately 11.00pm, tired from a very full, but rewarding day in this beautiful city.

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