|Step into the Chinese Garden and you might just imagine you're in ancient China! The imposing 7-storey Pagoda is a focal point in Chinese Garden, which also comprises ponds, bridges, courtyards, pavilions, the Twin Pagodas, a stoneboat, Bonsai Garden, Garden of Abundance and much more.
Chinese Garden was officially opened on 18th April 1975 and designed by Prof. Yuen-Chen Yu, a well-known architect from Taiwan. The Chinese Garden dedicates most of its area to "northern style" landscape architecture, the style of Imperial gardens, integrating brightly colored buildings with the surroundings.
The Chinese arch building is magnificent and grandiose from has made it very popular for picture-taking. Inside the main arch building, expect to find two courtyards, namely the "Early Spring Courtyard" and "Garden Courtyard". Also, there is a fishpond in the centre which is named the "Fishes Paradise".
In ancient times, the pagoda, originally a simple tower located beside a temple, was used for keeping of human bones by Buddhists. Later, with improvements in architectural skills, incorporated with the traditional art of building, the pagoda was developed into a structure of striking architectural beauty. The "Ru Yun Ta" (7-storey pagoda) is situated on a small hill and its design follows the style of Ling Ku Temple Pagoda at Nanking.
Bonsai Garden was opened on 22 June 1992, the Suzhou-style Bonsai Garden cost an estimated SGD 3.8 million to build. This 5,800 sq metres garden with Suzhou-style buildings (incorporating a main hall of 50 sq metres) and landscape houses a collection of some 1,000 bonsai imported mostly from China. This world-class Bonsai Garden has since taken on a new look after spending an estimate SGD 500,000.
You will find 100-year-old pomegranate trees from Shantung, China at the Garden of Abundance, planted alongside sculptures of the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals.
No Tour here, however, you can also visit the The Live Turtle And Tortoise Museum inside Chinese Garden or next to Chinese Garden is Japanese Garden.