10 reasons why Chinese tourists like Singapore

10 reasons why Chinese tourists like Singapore
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1. Singapore, also known as the Lion City, is not just a "little red dot" on the map, but also one of the world's most beautiful and greenest cities.

The plan to develop Singapore as a garden city started in the 1960s, owing to the extensive policy promoted by late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

As modern and developed as today's Singapore is, nature is everywhere. Tourists will find trees along every road, parks in every neighborhood and even gardens in many shopping malls.

2. Singapore's Changi Airport has consistently been ranked as the world's best, most beautiful and most efficient airport.

Travelers virtually do not need to wait in long queues for a security check, as the process actually takes place right at each departure gate.

3. Singapore is a heaven for food lovers. There is no other place like Singapore, where Western food meets Eastern cuisine so naturally.

The city also has the world's best food courts, many of which operate 24 hours a day.

4. Along with eating, shopping in Singapore is also considered the national pastime.

From local markets, Chinatown, Arab Street and Little India to the glitzy portals of Orchard Road, there is something for every tourist, not to mention the duty-free shopping at Changi Airport.

5. Singapore shares many customs and festivals and culture with China. Over 70 per cent of the population has Chinese heritage.

6. The Mandarin taught in Singapore's schools is very close to the Mandarin used in the Chinese mainland, and simplified characters are used.

Most Chinese Singaporeans acquire the language quite well, and even some Indians in Singapore speak a little Mandarin. Chinese visitors can easily get around and about without speaking a foreign language.

7. Singapore's physical size is only slightly bigger than Beijing's Chaoyang district, but it is heavily urbanized.

Singapore has a well- established integrated public transport system, and tourists can easily plan their itineraries by taking buses and MRT (mass rapid transit).

8. Universal Studios Singapore on Sentosa Island is another drawing card for the city. It is the first and the only Universal Studios theme park in Southeast Asia.

9. Besides sightseeing, shopping and eating, tourists can also have a taste of gaming in a world-class environment, such as in the casino in Singapore's iconic structure fronting Marina Bay - the ship-shaped Marina Bay Sands.

10. Singapore is a "fine city". Tourists might be surprised and impressed by the city's strict rules and laws, for example, those against littering.

But on the other hand, the strictness also makes Singapore one of the world's safest cities for travelers.

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