Part 2 of day twenty begins after lunch – we headed across to the Gardens by the Bay. This is similar to the Eden Project in Cornwall, but bigger, with two large greenhouse domes that are nice and cool. We spent a while in these simply because it was much more pleasant than the heat and humidity outside! First was the Flower Dome:
The Flower Dome is divided into different areas representing different parts of the world, and contain plants native to each location. There’s also some sculptures including a weird “missing body” family, and a wooden dragon…
I also found a stone bench to have a stare-off with.
Some of the flowers we saw…
Next up, we headed across to the other dome, Cloud Forest. This one has a large man-made mountain and waterfall inside:
You begin by getting an elevator up to the top of the mountain. I was happy to find a small garden of “eating”plants built out of Lego, although I was less keen on the spider…
Everyone was doing selfies by the little pond (well actually, everyone was doing selfies *everywhere* here, and selfie-sticks are definitely a thing) so we took photos ourselves…
We then started the walk back down. You go around various walkways where you can see down to the bottom
And part-way along you get to a lookout point alongside the waterfall, and there’s also a crystal garden
As we got towards the bottom, they turned on all the misters (they do this a few times a day) which added to the Jurassic Park feel of the place, although there were no dinosaurs, just a snail.
We left the Cloud Forest and headed along the waterfront to find food, ending up at “Satay by the Bay”. This was cheap and tasty, although the tables and chairs were only about a foot high meaning I had to adopt a rather awkward sitting pose. I know the people here are a bit smaller than westerners, but this was a bit extreme.
It was now getting dark, so we walked over to the Supertree Grove for the light show. Various soundtracks (and music from the Lion King) did a colourful display vaguely in time to the music. It lastest 10 minutes or so and was quite fun. A few pictures…
Finally we walked back to our hotel round the edge of the bay, but on the way out of the gardens, I caught sight of this odd baby:
Anyway, for the walk back, the first stop was the Helix Bridge. While walking across here, a convoy of guys came past on bikes that were completely covered in lights like the worlds’ worst Christmas tree playing cheesy 90s music. No idea what that was about, but there’s worse hobbies to have.
After the bridge, there was a nice view back towards the Marina Bay Sands and the ArtScience building
Walking along a section of the Formula 1 track, there was a good view across the water to the towers of the business district, too.
We made a stop at a kiosk for some coconut ice cream, and to watch a little of the tradition dance show that was taking place
Next, we walked across the Jubilee Bridge. Part-way across, the Marina Bay Sands hotel lit up with some lights- there then followed another surprise light show which we stood and watched. Close to the hotel on the other side of the water, there seemed to large spray fountains, so it might have been one of those “projection onto water” displays- we could make out the music from other side of the bay. The highlight was the green lasers swooping around though!
At the end of the bridge is the Merlion – well one of them, there’s a larger one on Sentosa island, although this one does shoot water out of its mouth…
We then walked along the river and back over North Bridge up to the hotel. Feet were tired by this point, so I wrote part i, and then went to sleep.