Singapore’s Amazing Supertree Grove and Cloud Forest

▪ Construction cost of the park was within its $1.035 billion (USD) budget
▪ The park has an annual operating budget of $58 million per year
▪ Over 7 million people visit the park each year from around the world

Marina Bay, Singapore — The Marina Bay precinct dominates Singapore’s skyline, with the magnificent Marina Bay Sands hotel complex being particularly noteworthy. Behind this colossal hotel is a now iconic part of Singapore – the Gardens by the Bay.

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A billion-dollar project that began in 2005 before opening in 2012, the Gardens by the Bay is a stunning nature park that features waterfront gardens that aim to help improve the quality of life in the city by improving the overall presence of greenery and flora.

The Supertree Grove

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The most eye-catching structures present in the Gardens by the Bay park is unquestionably the massive Supertrees. Ranging from 25 to 50 meters in height, each individual Supertree is a towering vertical garden that serves a variety of functions that aim to replicate those of living trees.

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For example, the tree-like structures feature a number of living plants such as vines, ferns and orchids. Not only that, they mimic photosynthesis through photo-voltaic cells in the structures to absorb energy just like a tree does. This is then used to power various parts of the park.

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They can also collect rainwater from the heavy rains known to frequent the city, which is then redistributed and used for irrigation and fountain displays.

As if that wasn’t cool enough, you can even take an elevator up to use the skywalk between two of the tallest Supertrees, providing a stunning view of the rest of the Gardens by the Bay and the surrounding city.

The Cloud Forest

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Nearby to the staggering Supertrees is the Cloud Forest, a bio-dome that replicates the climates found in tropical mountainous regions between 1,000 and 3,000 metres above sea level that are found in South-East Asia.

Upon entering, you can view the world’s tallest man-made waterfall that reaches an impressive 35 meters in height.

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Various garden areas can be explored inside the bio-dome, including the ‘Lost World’ garden found near the top of the structure. A number of skyways allow you to make your way down from the top of the dome, providing plenty of amazing views of the massive building and out into the rest of the facility.

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As they descend down the bio-dome, guests can visit the Crystal Mountain cave to check out some towering stalactite’s and stalagmites, as well as stunning hollowed-out crystals.

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A video presentation can also be viewed once reaching the base of the building again. It shows the adverse effects that a 5° C (+9° F) increase in temperature caused by climate change would have on a tropical mountain area that the bio-dome mimics.

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