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Singapore.

Singapore Facts & Information

 Location Southeastern Asia, islands between Malaysia and Indonesia
 Climate Tropical; hot, humid, rainy; two distinct monsoon seasons - Northeastern monsoon from December to March and Southwestern monsoon from June to September; inter-monsoon - frequent afternoon and early evening thunderstorms
 Terrain Lowland; gently undulating central plateau contains water catchment area and nature preserve
 Population 4,425,720
 Nationality Singaporean
 Ethnic groups Chinese 76.8%, Malay 13.9%, Indian 7.9%, other 1.4%
 Religions Buddhist 42.5%, Muslim 14.9%, Taoist 8.5%, Hindu 4%, Catholic 4.8%, other Christian 9.8%, other 0.7%
 Languages Mandarin 35%, English 23%, Malay 14.1%, Hokkien 11.4%, Cantonese 5.7%, Teochew 4.9%, Tamil 3.2%, other Chinese dialects 1.8%, other 0.9%
 Government Type Parliamentary Republic
 Capital Singapore
 Currency Singapore dollar (SGD)
 Description of Flag Two equal horizontal bands of red and white; near the hoist side of the red band, there is a vertical, white crescentmpartially enclosing five white five-pointed stars arranged in a circle.
 Singapore Flag Singapore Flag

More Information
 www.cia.gov

 

Singapore Culture

More than 4.4 million people may inhabit Singapore, but the country is only slightly more than 3.5 times the size of Washington, D.C. It's also considered a “young” country, not only because it formally gained independence in 1965, but because its median age falls around 37 and only 8% of Singaporeans are over the age of 65. Though Singaporeans largely follow the Buddhist tradition, with 43% believing in this faith, other major religions include Islam (15%),

Christianity (10%), Taoism (9%), Catholicism (5%) and Hinduism (4%). Still, English remains the second most commonly used language (after Mandarin), and many Singaporeans rely on Malay, Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew or Tamil to communicate.

More Information:
 www.state.gov

 

Singapore Culture

More than 4.4 million people may inhabit Singapore, but the country is only slightly more than 3.5 times the size of Washington, D.C. It's also considered a “young” country, not only because it formally gained independence in 1965, but because its median age falls around 37 and only 8% of Singaporeans are over the age of 65. Though Singaporeans largely follow the Buddhist tradition, with 43% believing in this faith, other major religions include Islam (15%),

Christianity (10%), Taoism (9%), Catholicism (5%) and Hinduism (4%). Still, English remains the second most commonly used language (after Mandarin), and many Singaporeans rely on Malay, Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew or Tamil to communicate.

More Information:
 www.state.gov

 

Singapore Shopping

If you want to shop 'til you drop in Singapore, and you've only got a short time to do it, then definitely start at Orchard Road. Although it's often crowded and the most popular area for shopping with tourists, it offers a little bit of everything for everyone. You'll find chic boutiques in hotels like the Hilton International and the Orchard Parade and upscale stores in complexes like Paragon and Ngee Ann City, whose specialty shops include Tiffany, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and the

Japanese giant, Takashimaya. But for those of you looking for affordable souvenirs, check out Shaw Centre. Teens should definitely hit up Far East Plaza, which houses over 600 retailers, including many hip clothing shops, video game holes and tattoo parlors.

For those with a little more time on their hands, and the desire to experience Singapore's cultural offerings, explore Arab Street, which begins just north of Beach Road. Here you'll find shops that draw on Malay, Islamic and Arab influences and sell traditional wardrobe, basket ware, jewelry and cuisine. Little India, which is easily accessible by the public train system, bustles with activity on the weekends and offers everything from new Bollywood films on DVD to exotic spices in cozy shops. Of course, there's always Chinatown. But you might find Holland Village's historic shops and eclectic mix of French and Thai cuisine more novel and enjoyable (it's also hugely popular with the expatriates).

 

Singapore Shopping

If you want to shop 'til you drop in Singapore, and you've only got a short time to do it, then definitely start at Orchard Road. Although it's often crowded and the most popular area for shopping with tourists, it offers a little bit of everything for everyone. You'll find chic boutiques in hotels like the Hilton International and the Orchard Parade and upscale stores in complexes like Paragon and Ngee Ann City, whose specialty shops include Tiffany, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and the

Japanese giant, Takashimaya. But for those of you looking for affordable souvenirs, check out Shaw Centre. Teens should definitely hit up Far East Plaza, which houses over 600 retailers, including many hip clothing shops, video game holes and tattoo parlors.

For those with a little more time on their hands, and the desire to experience Singapore's cultural offerings, explore Arab Street, which begins just north of Beach Road. Here you'll find shops that draw on Malay, Islamic and Arab influences and sell traditional wardrobe, basket ware, jewelry and cuisine. Little India, which is easily accessible by the public train system, bustles with activity on the weekends and offers everything from new Bollywood films on DVD to exotic spices in cozy shops. Of course, there's always Chinatown. But you might find Holland Village's historic shops and eclectic mix of French and Thai cuisine more novel and enjoyable (it's also hugely popular with the expatriates).

 

Singapore Restaurants
   
Read reviews for some of the best restaurants in Singapore. You'll find the perfect restaurant for your vacation here. Choose a restaurant by cuisine type or visitor rating.
Name Address Phone Cuisine
 Raffles Grill 1 Beach Road 337-1886 French
 Brazil Churrascaria 14/16 Sixth Avenue 6463-1923 Brazilian
 Pontini 392 Havelock Road 6233-1133 Italian
 Suntory 80 Middle Road 6431-1064 Japanese
 Halia 1 Ginger Garden 6476-6711 International
 Michelangelo's 44 Jalan Merah Saga 6475-9069 Italian
 Man Fu Yuan 80 Middle Road 6431-1062 Chinese
 Au Jardin 1 Cluny Road 6466-8812 French
 Club Chinois 1 Tanglin Road 6834-0660 Fusion
 Senso 21 Club Street 6224-3534 Italian
 Da Paolo La Terrazza 44, Jalan Merah Saga 6476-1332 Italian
 Au Petit Salut #01-54 Jalan Merah Saga 6475-1976 French
 Coriander Leaf 3A River Valley Road 6732-3354 Asian
 Top Of The 'M' 333 Orchard Road 6831-6258 French
 Saint Pierre 7 Magazine Road 6438-0887 French
 Salt 94 Amoy Street 6223-1266 Fusion
 The Blue Ginger 97 Tanjong Pagar Road 6222-3928 Peranakan
 Vis-A-Vis 12 Chun Tin Road 468-7433 French
 Lei Garden 30 Victoria Street 6339-3822 Chinese
 Jade 1 Fullerton Square 6877-8188 Chinese
 Kuriya 1 Scotts Road 6735-5300 Japanese
 Crystal Jade Palace 391 Orchard Rd. 6735-2388 Chinese
 Ristorante Bologna 6 Raffles Blvd 6845-1113 Italian
 Jiang Nan Chun 190 Orchard Road 6831-7220 Chinese

 

Singapore Restaurants
   
Read reviews for some of the best restaurants in Singapore. You'll find the perfect restaurant for your vacation here. Choose a restaurant by cuisine type or visitor rating.
Name Address Phone Cuisine
 Raffles Grill 1 Beach Road 337-1886 French
 Brazil Churrascaria 14/16 Sixth Avenue 6463-1923 Brazilian
 Pontini 392 Havelock Road 6233-1133 Italian
 Suntory 80 Middle Road 6431-1064 Japanese
 Halia 1 Ginger Garden 6476-6711 International
 Michelangelo's 44 Jalan Merah Saga 6475-9069 Italian
 Man Fu Yuan 80 Middle Road 6431-1062 Chinese
 Au Jardin 1 Cluny Road 6466-8812 French
 Club Chinois 1 Tanglin Road 6834-0660 Fusion
 Senso 21 Club Street 6224-3534 Italian
 Da Paolo La Terrazza 44, Jalan Merah Saga 6476-1332 Italian
 Au Petit Salut #01-54 Jalan Merah Saga 6475-1976 French
 Coriander Leaf 3A River Valley Road 6732-3354 Asian
 Top Of The 'M' 333 Orchard Road 6831-6258 French
 Saint Pierre 7 Magazine Road 6438-0887 French
 Salt 94 Amoy Street 6223-1266 Fusion
 The Blue Ginger 97 Tanjong Pagar Road 6222-3928 Peranakan
 Vis-A-Vis 12 Chun Tin Road 468-7433 French
 Lei Garden 30 Victoria Street 6339-3822 Chinese
 Jade 1 Fullerton Square 6877-8188 Chinese
 Kuriya 1 Scotts Road 6735-5300 Japanese
 Crystal Jade Palace 391 Orchard Rd. 6735-2388 Chinese
 Ristorante Bologna 6 Raffles Blvd 6845-1113 Italian
 Jiang Nan Chun 190 Orchard Road 6831-7220 Chinese

 


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