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The New Singapore

For a small nation, Singapore is packed with interesting sights and attractions. Get acquainted with some of the more recent places that tourists flock to.

by / Published: 17 Jul 2013

The New Singapore

The Helix Bridge

This delightfully designed footbridge is proof that Singapore's planners and architects possess a light touch. It will form part of a continuous public waterfront loop but for now it is worth visiting more in its own right than because of where it leads—yet more shopping malls. It stretches for more than 300 yards and features a curved design of latticed metal in the shape of a "double-helix" structure. It's worth seeing again at night, when it glows in subtle shades of purple.

Marina Bay Sands

The five-star hotel and casino—backed by Las Vegas investors—dominates Singapore's shoreline. Most visitors are drawn by the journey to the roof of the 57-storey, 660fthigh building, where you'll find the SkyPark, which offers 360-degree views of Singapore's skyline across to Malaysia and Indonesia, and an infinity pool.

World Resorts Sentosa

Sentosa was once a dozy pebble-sized island a short ferry journey from the south of Singapore. You can reach it by cable car or train and, thanks to land-reclamation, the two islands seem to nudge closer by the day, especially with a 770-yard boardwalk between the two. But when you get there you will see some world-class tat—a giant kitsch statue of the merlion, Singapore's national symbol, gazes down disconcertingly on visitors. For children, there's Universal Studios, the region's first Hollywood film theme park; for adults there are endless places to eat, some of them overseen by heavily promoted international chefs. The resort, though, is dominated by the casino, which has proved a huge draw for Chinese visitors. The Tiger Sky Tower is one don't-miss attraction, as this observatory gives striking views of Singapore's docks, the heartbeat of the world's freight industry, crammed with tankers and liners.

 

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