Things to see and do - Singapore
Singapore Leisure tips
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Shopping has been raised to the level of a national sport in Singapore, reaching a climax during the big sales in May and July, in particular on Orchard Road. Both a city and a country, the island has developed a boldly successful economic system that worships business and consumerism and is driven by the energetic Chinese, Malaysians and Indians who have made their country one of the richest in the world.
You can feel the lively atmosphere in the city's many diverse neighbourhoods - from Chinatown and Little India to CBD, the business district, as well as Geylang Serai, a hotbed of gastronomy, and the Colonial District whose fine architecture is a reminder of its colonial past.
Although Singaporeans have created a modern city, they have also organised the surrounding natural world into numerous nature reserves. And Singapore being just south of Malaysia, you can explore its primary equatorial forest at the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, take a night safari in search of wild animals, and visit the Singapore zoo and Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Lastly, use the excuse of a well-earned break and enjoy the water activities at East Coast Park, relax on the tropical-style beaches of Sentosa or escape to Pulau Ubin, a quiet traditional island that is also part of the archipelago. Singapore is a magical blend of city and nature.