Singapore is undoubtably one of the most expensive countries in the world so backpacking around can be a total drain on your bank account. Luckily, there are loads of free things to do, if you look hard enough. My favourite? Exploring the Chinese Gardens!
Located in Jurong East, the gardens have their own metro stop, so there’s no faffing around with taxis or overcrowded buses. It takes around 30 minutes from the Downtown Core but given the luxury of travelling in a clean and quiet metro cart, it won’t feel like long at all!
Despite only being built in the 70s, the garden mimics 5th century Chinese architecture, showcasing beautiful tea houses, stone bridges and statues. The actual gardens itself cover over 13 hectares of land so good luck trying to cover it all in the heat and humidity!
Although we visited on a cloudy day, the humidity got to us very quickly so make sure to stock up on water and snacks at the metro’s convenience store before setting off. There’s limited places to grab food in the gardens but plenty of opportunities to sit down in the shade and enjoy the landscape- so take full advantage!
As easy as it would be to talk for hours about one of Singapore’s most aesthetic free attractions, the pictures do far more the gardens far more justice than words ever can!
The gardens are perfect to fill a few hours in a beautiful city, especially when you contrast to its urban setting. It’s very similar to the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Sydney– only on a larger scale!
For more free things to do when you’re backpacking across Asia, check out the rest of my guides here.
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