Singapore may be small, but I found it to be an interesting. The City of Singapore is very clean and beautiful, but it is kept that way with some of the toughest litter laws in the world. The people of Singapore actually make fun of themselves explaining that their is a fine for everything. I first traveled to Singapore in the Summer of  2006. I returned to the city in the Spring of 2015. Undoubtedly the most interesting and memorable thing that I saw on my visit was the incredible Botanical Gardens of Singapore. It has the largest Orchid garden in the world. I also got a chance to visit Mount Faber which had some nice views of the city, as well as Chinatown and the Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple in downtown Singapore.

Founded by Sir Stamford Raffles, who persuaded the Sultan of Jahore to cede Singapore to the British East India Company in 1819, the city grew up along its river and harbor. Today, junks and sampans have largely given way to supertankers, freighters and passengers liners. Though the colonial sprit does tend to stay alive with with weekend cricket matches and the ambiance of Raffles Hotel, Sinapore is an independent country with a population of three million people. The country and city of Singapore remains a melting pot of cultures, with four languages - Malay, English, Mandarin, and Tamil and a number of official religions, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity. Some even say that Singapore is one giant shopping mall with glass and steel high-rises, Chinese shop houses with red tile roofs, Victorian style government buildings, Buddhist temples and Arabian bazaars. All of this is a part of the diversity and charm of Singapore, the commercial center of Southeast Asia and one of the busiest ports in the world. 

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Singapore Harbor 2015

Overlooking the Harbor on Mount Faber

Singapore is known as the Lion City

A view of the city from Mount Faber

Some of the Beautiful Orchids in the Botanical Gardens

The roof of the Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple