The second day was indeed fun as expected especially because of new friends met. From my place at G4 Station I walked the street of Rochor to reach Bugis Junction where I would be meeting Mysh and his officemate, Atan- a Chinese who found Singapore her new abode. Upon meeting at MRT station in Bugis, we immediately took a train ride hopping from one station to another to reach our destination. After less than an hour or so, we finally arrived at Chinese Garden- one of the beautiful gardens (the other is the Japanese Garden) situated in Jurong lake adjacent to Jurong Bird Park. Chinese as it is, its concept is naturally chinese with designs reflecting chinese tradition of abundance and prosperity. It is said that its landscape and architecture manifest northern Chinese imperial style. I should have asked Atan about this. What I know is that Chinese gardens are artworks demonstrating Chinese beliefs in 3 thoughts: Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.
Instead of taking the main gate, we entered through the east entrance near the MRT station trekking along a narrow road then passing over a small red colored bridge (red is a chinese color for luck) where we found across us a squirrel jumping from one corner to another (the squirrel seems so glad seeing us). Entrance to the garden is free of charge, no entrance fee except at the Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum and Garden of Abundance. Welcoming us on our way inside is the 7-storey Pagoda standing proud at the hill, seemingly the tallest structure in the garden. We circled the Pagoda and then moved downward for some photo shoots at the big boulders beside it.
We followed the trail going west and found the sculptures of 12 Zodiac animal signs. We checked our own signs and took photos for souvenirs. Moving further, we got across some pavilions that are usual scenes in Chinese gardens. After a short stop, we followed the pathways pausing for a while for shots at some trees, probably decades old. Looking a bit tired, we decided to take a break in those benches approaching the arch bridge. There are several bridges in this garden and they said that these denote periods in Chinese civilizations.
While sitting in the bench, Mysh captured some of my moments.
Reenergized, we again walked to see ourselves the famous, Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum- home of the rarest and expensive turtles and tortoises in the world with over than 1000 collections of different species under their care. A bridge made of rocks arranged side by side connects the museum to the main place.
More posts about Singapore soon. This country though small offers a lot of choices to its visitors.