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August 05, 2008

Scenic Places In Singapore: Little Guilin

Scenic Places In Singapore: Little Guilin

If we could aspire to have a place in Singapore listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Singapore’s Little Guilin or Xiao Guilin, one of the few scenic places in Singapore, in Bukit Batok Town Park at Bukit Batok East Avenue 5 should be among the top few on our application form.

Our Little Guilin or Xiao Guilin is a mini version of China’s famed mountain scenery. While it may not have similar lineage, natural size or economic stature in tourism appeal, it is still one of the scenic places in Singapore to call our own. With tall cliffs uncovered by vegetation on its exposed shoulders of sandstone surrounded by a placid lake and quiet neighbourhood, it is no wonder that many visitors who have been to scenic places in Singapore develop an instant affinity to Little Guilin upon arrival from other scenic places of Singapore.

Being practical people in a very practical economy, we harvest the rest of what’s left of the scenic places here for high-rise living, leaving little natural scenic places to enjoy our Little Giulin. Cars and buses drive up to the edge of this Bukit Batok Town Park lake, one of the few scenic places with water features to disgorge sightseers. Video cameras in hand, they ooh and ahh with animated hand gestures while recording the poetic outlines of Little Guilin; just in case economic progress in Singapore dictates Nparks to remake the shape and form of the few scenic places left in Singapore.

Wedding couples in Singapore looking for scenic places for their bridal photography know this area well. Those who wish to save a little bundle of money from traveling east to the larger scenic places in the original Guilin, in faraway China, come here in their wedding finery to pose for posterity. Poets, photographers and other Singapore park users will get their moments of inspiration at the striking landscape formations in Little Guilin.

There is a nature trail, the Bukit Gombak Trail, at the Bukit Batok Town Park where Little Guilin sits. But at the time of my recent visit, a sign disclosed that the scenic Bukit Gombak nature trail was closed.

While the dream to turn Singapore’s Little Guilin from an abandoned quarry into one of the scenic world heritage places continues, my immediate concern is to emphasize that Little Guilin users keep the our scenic places clean and litter-free, instead of relying on world-class professional cleaners to perform the tasks.

How To Get There (Drive, Bus, Walk)
It’s a 5 minutes walk from Bukit Gombak MRT Station. Service 945 from Bukit Batok Bus Interchange will also bring you there. Drivers can use coupon to park at Blk 524 or park at Bukit Gombak Stadium carpark.

Map of Bukit Batok Town Park
Check Nparks for Little Guilin map.

Other scenic places in Singapore’s Seen This Scene That you may like:
1. Bukit Batok Nature Park http://seenthisscenethat.blogspot.com/2008/07/nature-trails-singapore-bukit-batok.html
2. Nature Trails in Singapore

(Tag: Bukit Batok Town Park, Scenic Places In Singapore)

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Stardust said...

If only the HDB aren't all that towering... I didn't know that the place engages world-class professional cleaners... alas hideous litter bugs...

Anonymous said...

I also like Little Guilin. But if you seriously think it could aspire to World Heritage status, you really should leave the Little Red Dot for an extended visit of 'real' heritage sites...

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