I discovered the Chinese Garden soon after moving to Singapore and have since been back there a couple of times. You don’t get hoards of tourists here as it’s quite a way out to the east of the island and every time I’ve visited its been virtually empty aside from a couple of teenagers and the odd runner or dog walker. This always surprises me as it’s a beautiful spot and very well maintained, although I selfishly hope that it stays off the radar as I love the peace and quiet here – its great place to be alone with my thoughts, to sketch or take photographs.
The concept of the garden is based on Chinese garden art, where stunning architecture is integrated within the natural environment. The colourful buildings that dominate the park include pagodas and arched bridges, there is a beautiful Koi pond and you might spot terrapins and some enormous fish in the lake.
I’ve spent a couple of afternoons here just wandering, soaking up lots of inspiration and taking photographs of all the little details that caught my eye, these are some of my favourite photographs:
It is a Chinese belief that the lion represents authority and fealty, this one guards the main gate into the park.
One of several statues of Chinese Emperors and characters from Chinese history with the stunning Pagoda in the background.
If you are feeling energetic you can climb right to the top of the Pagoda for views of the park and the Jurong area. I loved the beautiful white spiral staircase, this is a photograph from the bottom looking up.
Throughout the park there are lots of interesting little features, the photograph below is a close up of one of the stepping-stones which crossed a pretty little stream full of lillypads.
And some stunning geometric tiles.
This is one of the buildings surrounding the lake, a lovely place to sit and escape from the heat. I love this style of architecture and the vibrant colours. I’m looking forward to coming back here for the Mid-Autumn festival when the garden will be decorated with hundred of colourful lanterns.