Focus on Singapore: 17 good reasons to visit the Lion City

Wednesday, 01 February 2017

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It represents one of the core destinations of business travel. It is one of the places to visit in 2017. It is Singapore, «a ruled by unusual and unexpected balances microcosm where present and past joins creating a human and landscape variety able to surprise and to fascinate», as written by the Singapore Tourism Board, Singapore’s Tourism Institution.

State-city located in the South end of the Malaysian Peninsula, in the Pacific Asia region, Singapore rises on a diamond-shaped island and it counts 60 islets off the southern cost. That is why Singapore is better known also as the Asian Diamond.

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It is also known as the City of the Lion, denomination whose origins are linked to a Malaysian legend: Sang Nila Utama, Sumatra’s prince, unloaded on the island after a storm, met a strange animal that identified as a lion. This meeting was for the prince such a good omen that he founded a city, Singapura that in Sanskrit means exactly city of the lion. It is more probable that, in reality, the animal was a Malaysian tiger.

The Singapore Tourism Board suggests 17 reasons to visit the Asiatic city in 2017:

1. The gastronomy

img-articolo-6-2Singapore has become a milestone of the Worldwide gastronomic panorama thanks to the infinite Chinese, Malaysian, Indian and Peranakan restaurants (these last serve dishes that blends Malaysian and Chines techniques and  ingredients with Indonesian and European influences), and moreover thanks to the Hawker center and the Food court, which are great indoor markets with kiosks and stands, where it’s possible to taste traditional dishes as well as unusual exotic food.

2. The cultural melting pot

img-articolo-6-3Singapore is the most cosmopolitan and multicultural city of Asia. «Many areas, in fact, show an ethnical preponderance, and they represent glimpses open to as much different cultures, far-back used to live together in perfect harmony […] Chinese, Malaysian, Indian and Euro Asiatic people live in this generous land and they keep active their traditions also practicing their religions».

3. All-year-long shopping

img-articolo-6-4Singapore is a reference destination for those who love shopping: shopping centers, sophisticated small stores, art shops, flagship stores, stands and infinite thrift shops. Those who look for good deals, have to remind that on June, every year begins The Great Singapore Sale, the discounts period.

4. The artistic scene

img-articolo-6-5Singapore is also able to offer a lively and multiform artistic scene showed during the Singapore Art Week. Every year, on January, it is possible «to lose themselves into a real artistic universe made of artistic fairs, street art’s festivals, open galleries, installations and routes where you can admire International and Local artists works of art ».

5. The fascinating neighborhoods

img-articolo-6-6Singapore’s urban center is located in the Southern area of the island, around the namesake river, and the neighborhoods still reflect the partition stated in 1822 by Stamford Raffles, founder of the city. Recommended stages are Chinatown, Kampong Glam, Little India, Colonial District and Marina Bay. To enjoy a 360 degrees view of the city, just hop on the Singapore Flyer, one of the largest Ferris wheels in the world.

6. The iconic architecture

img-articolo-6-7Those who love architecture absolutely must reach the new district of Marina Bay, where you can admire the majesty and the futuristic design of the buildings, such as the Esplanade and the Art Science Museum.

7. Museums

img-articolo-6-8The most famous museums of Singapore are the Singapore Art Museum, the National Museum of Singapore, the Asian Civilizations Museum, the Art Science Museum, the Peranakan Museum and Changi Museum. For younger and for toy enthusiasts, the recommended step is the Mint Museum of Toys.

8. The family-friendly attractions

img-articolo-6-9Singapore offers several attractions for the little ones to have fun, play and learn. Among these you can find River Safari which is a park with more than 150 plant species and more than 5,000 specimens of animals, and Jurong Bird Park, 200 hectares with 5,000 birds of 400 species. In the south of Singapore, on the island of Sentosa, there is the Adventure Cove Waterpark Aquatic Park, where you can also make snorkeling on a coral reef, which is inhabited by about 20,000 tropical fishes.

9. The theme parks

img-articolo-6-10They go along with the family-friendly above attractions, the theme parks in Singapore. Who wants to project himself within some of the most popular animated films, should not miss the Universal Studios of Singapore. However, those who want to have fun in the water, should make a stop at the Wild Wild Wet. And then there is the Haw Par Villa, a park based on the Chinese mythology.

10. The nightlife

img-articolo-6-11In Singapore there are lot of places and occasions to to stay up late in a disco, in a pub or in a club. The reference area is Clarke Quay. Those who love dance music cannot miss especially the party organized at Siloso Beach, the liveliest beach on the island of Sentosa.

11. Sporting events

img-articolo-6-122017 will mark the tenth anniversary of the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Singapore, staged in September at the Marina Bay street circuit. A month later, it will be the turn of the WTA Finals, the women’s tennis circuit Masters final. Earlier, in April, the spotlight will be on the Singapore Rugby Sevens, which is the annual rugby sevens tournament.

12. The Healthy living

img-articolo-6-13Race. Yoga. Walk. Bicycle. Mindfulness. Tai Chi. Healthy life lovers will find many opportunities in Singapore to follow their passions. Two events on all: the Sundown Marathon and Soulscape Festival.

13. The greenery

img-articolo-6-14Singapore is the home of numerous city parks, nature reserves, gardens, tropical forests, swamps and mangroves. The same urban fabric reveals the green soul of Singapore: everywhere trees, flowers and plants. Two names: the Singapore Botanic Gardens and the Gardens by the Bay.

14. The savage nature

img-articolo-6-15Singapore is also savage nature. Reference destinations for lovers of wild life are the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, where you can experience the tropical forest, and the MacRitchie Reservoir, a water basin with paths and bridges.

15. The islands off the coast

img-articolo-6-16Singapore is also sea, sun and relax. Just reach some of the islands off the southern coast :  Sentosa, Pulau Ubin, Kusu Island and Sisters Island.

16. Transports

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You do not have to go to Singapore to see how trains or ferries are. When you reach Singapore, you can take advantage of an efficient transport system and move around easily.

17. Hospitality

img-articolo-6-18Singapore is a typical example of the authentic Asian hospitality, meaning many solutions to meet the needs of every single guest. And that’s where we come in, with 6tour.com platform for travel agencies and tour operators.

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