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Unique Treetop Walks | Telok Blangah Hill Park, Singapore

September 10, 2009

By Dian Hasan | September 10, 2009

telok13In über modern and squeeky clean Singapore, with its forest of skyscrapers strewn across the small city-state, surprisingly there is plenty of green left. Swaths of green, whether city parks, nature reserves and even remnants of tropical rainforest that covered much of the island as it still does neighboring Indonesia and Malaysia, are intact. For the enjoyment of citizens of Asia’s country with the second highest GDP per capita after Japan. Telok Blangah Hill Park took it a few steps further, by incorporate green architecture with an organic design language to create an unforgettable series of bridges and walkways over tree canopies.

So what does a nation that’s had enough to eat do with all the acquired wealth? You focus on giving back to nature what you took away while busy modernizing your nation. As among Asia’s (and the World’s) smallest nations (a paltry 274.2 sqm space for a population of almost 5 million), Singapore should have very little green space left. But on the contrary, with a government-endorsed housing project established in the 1960s, pushing all inhabitants to high rise apartments, the green pockets in Singapore are just like their Tourism tagline – Surprising!
Here’s a look at one of their latest projects, a fusion of design, nature-inclined thinking, and resilient urban planning. Ensuring the city’s green pockets are enjoyed – responsibly – by her citizens. From a monkey’s vantage point! Over, above and sideways around the last remaining tropical rainforest in modern Singapore.
Telok Blangah Hill Park is located in Singapore, and giving you the very rare experience of viewing towering treetops from a monkey’s perspective. The pathways and suspension bridges are anything but rickety though. By the way many of them are elegant works of art and architectural precision.
The project of Telok Blangah Park is definitely spectacular. Many parks are designed by chopping trees down to make room for open space and eliminating the animals that make their home there, Telok Blangah’s layout chose to preserve the natural landscape and instead build around it. Furthermore, the web-like paths consist of open structures which allow light and air to pass through. Some of the most awe-inspiring connection points are the undulating Henderson Waves (Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge) and Alexandra Arch, which sparkles every night with a dazzling colour-changing.
Another great feature of this greenly paradise is that you can actually come face to face with some of the rich wildlife that lives there such as squirrels, sunbirds, doves, lizards and white-crested laughing thrushes. As well as some researchers doing something often in the nearby HSBC Treetop Walk studying the rain forest canopy which, if not for the unique aerial structures, would not be an easy place to access at all.
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Source: Unique Travel Destinations

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