Monday, March 18, 2013

Treetop Walkway

Supertrees, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
After our initial view of the Supertrees in Singapore (see the night photos here) we had a second visit to the Gardens by the Bay, and included the treetop walkway. We had intended to do this the first day, but as there was a public holiday for Chinese New Year the queues were enormous, so much so that the lady in the ticket office advised against it.

However on our return, the crowds were less and it was only a ten minute queue to go up, there was a choice of lift or stairs.... we were on holiday after all so the lift won out!


Supertrees, Gardens by the Bay, SingaporeThe view was well worth going up for, with the gardens stretching out in all directions and the skyscrapers of Singapore in the background. From this height you can really see just how new these gardens are. I hope we get to go back in a few years time when things will have started to mature.

Supertrees, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Supertrees, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore


Supertrees, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
The walkway is suspended by steel rope, and does wobble a bit with people walking about or the wind. 

Supertrees, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore





Singapore is famous for its signs, and the walkway had several, don't forget you can't jump off and please no kites :)


However all the signs didn't stop this boy from climbing up and swinging about, initially to his mothers horror as he was lifting himself up and above the barrier, but she then decided this was cute and got the camera out. We didn't get a photo of him up high although you could hear the gasps of quite a few of the other visitors. Mums sudden change of heart from horror to awww, was rather amusing to see.

Supertrees, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore




On the trip down at the far end we opted for the stairs, so we could see the inside of the Supertrees. They all have this construction with planting panels suspended from a rail system and water sprinklers covering the tree. Again the planting still looks very new and I'm sure as the plants grow and knit together the overall look will get even better.

Supertrees, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore




Back on the ground and the planting is not quite so new looking. They have brought in hundreds of large trees, palms and shrubs to create this garden, which are starting to fill out and produce that lush look one would expect in Singapore. We will move on to this area around the garden in a future blog.

Gaz

19 comments :

  1. Fabulous photos. Well worth going up to catch some of those sites. Now mom was way out of line though. It's definitely very different than what we have in the US but I like it. Well except that bridge.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. The views are fab up there Cher! Not for the faint hearted though as the walkway sways a bit. Well worth doing indeed, just don't look directly down too often if heights makes you feel queasy :)

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  2. Wow! I love the supertrees & this garden looks wonderful! No kites or jumping off? Bummer.

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    1. Definitely no kites and jumping off! Nice views though :)

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  3. Those structures are amazing and once the plants growing on them fill in they will be even more amazing. I'm not a great lover of heights but it would be worth seeing.

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    1. Amazing structures indeed Missy! Doing the walkway is just a bonus, it's good enough just by being in the area to appreciate these structures. :)

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  4. I hate to be dark but is there anything to prevent people from committing suicide by jumping off the walkways? I mean besides the signs?

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    1. We were wondering the same. They do have members of staff up there keeping an eye on visitors but I suppose that's not enough to stop anyone who is determined...

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  5. Gosh this is impressive! What a day out. I am delighted that you treated yourselves to the lift up. Clearly they can put up all the signs they want, but they can't legislate for bizarre parenting.

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    1. We were glad to wait, it was nice to go up without any crowds. It was strange to see the mother initially shocked at her sons actions get a camera out and then encourage him.

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  6. It wobbles? Makes me glad that I decided against going up, even with those pretty views, because my vertigo would have definitely kicked in.

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    1. Its not big wobbles :)

      personally, I'm not very good with heights, although for me its heights that dont feel safe thats my issue. This felt safe and I was fine. Although the boy jumping on the barrier was not the best thing to see!

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  7. Those Supertrees are amazing! I'm not sure I would have enjoyed the walkway, especially with little boys shaking it! ;)

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    1. We loved it despite the shaking boy!

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  8. Fascinating structures - there are similar ones in the Getty Gardens in Los Angeles which are clad with bougainvillea which stretches out in these amazing umbrella shapes. It appears from your pictures that there are climbers of some sort working their way skywards. These are much bigger than the LA ones!

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    1. Perhaps the same designer Ian, I'll have to look into that

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  9. What a stunning place, though I don't think I could walk round there, I get bad virtago nowadays.

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    1. They are great from the ground too Janet!

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  10. OMG you've BEEN! I went to a talk given by the designers last October - it was utterly mind blowing. I can't wait to go there...

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