In a city with endless greenery, Mount Faber Park in Singapore was the first destination on our SE Asia Greenscape Tour. Park of the South Ridges park system which stretches for 9 kilometers, this is definitely a fantastic start to the trip!
A short ride on the MRT NE line to Harbor Front station and I popped out to nothing but greenery in front of me. We’re off to a good start here, I thought to myself.
With a mango shake in hand, I set off through the jungle. I’m just a few hours from arriving at Changi airport from Tokyo and now surrounded by tropical jungle with urbanism growing all around me.
So, off I go!
Making my way up the path, giant leaves greet me along my way. The sound of nature is all around, yet the faint sound of the city hums in the background.
By the time I reach the top of the trail, I’m pouring with sweat from the humid, tropical air.
Walking along the road atop the ridge, views of downtown Singapore framed in greenery abound. You truly feel as though you are in a city within a garden.
A stop by the Faber Hill Bistro for a cold drink and a light snack is a great place to take in the view.
After a refreshing drink at the bistro, a bit further along the path is the Henderson Waves, a 274 meter long pedestrian bridge stretching 36 meters above Henderson Road below. This impressive architectural structure is one of the most unique features in the park.
Beyond the waves is Telok Blangah Hill Park.
More so than Mount Faber Park, this park seems to be more catered towards fitness enthusiasts. Many joggers and work-out areas throughout the park (forest) make for an ideal place to take in some greenery and get the blood moving.
As the day comes to an end, I find myself utterly amazed already within the first 8 hours of being in Singapore, just how much greenery is here.
Beyond just the usual highlights of Orchard Road, Clark Quay, and Marina Bay, take some time to spend at least half a day at the South Ridges and Mount Faber Park. Already one of my favorite urban greenscapes.
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