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Singapore Travel and Tourism

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Singapore , officially the Republic of Singapore, is an island city-state located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, lying 137 kilometres north of the equator, south of the Malaysian state of Johor and north of Indonesia's Riau Islands. At 710.2 km2 , Singapore, a microstate and the smallest nation in Southeast Asia, is by orders of magnitude larger than Monaco and Vatican City. These, as well as San Marino, are the only other surviving sovereign city-states. Before European settlement, the island now known as Singapore was the site of a Malay fishing village at the mouth of the Singapore River. Several hundred indigenous Orang Laut people also lived along the nearby coast, rivers and on smaller islands. In 1819, the British East India Company, led by Sir Stamford Raffles, established a trading post on the island, which was used as a port along the spice route. Singapore became one of the most important commercial and military centres of the British Empire, and the hub of British power in Southeast Asia. During the Second World War, the British colony was occupied by the Japanese after the Battle of Singapore, which Winston Churchill called "Britain's greatest defeat". Singapore reverted to British rule in 1945, immediately after the war. Eighteen years later, in 1963, the city, having achieved independence from Britain, merged with Malaya, Sabah, and Sarawak to form Malaysia. However, the merger proved unsuccessful, and, less than two years later, it seceded from the federation and became an independent republic within the Commonwealth of Nations on August 9, 1965. Singapore was admitted to the United Nations on September 21 of that year. Since independence, Singapore's standard of living has risen dramatically. Foreign direct investment and a state-led drive to industrialization based on plans drawn up by the Dutch economist Albert Winsemius have created a modern economy focused on industry, education and urban planning. Singapore is the 5th wealthiest country in the world in terms of GDP per capita. In December 2008, the foreign exchange reserves of this small island nation stood at around US$174.2billion. The Singapore government, with approval from the President, announced in March 2009 that it would tap into her official reserves for the first time ever, and withdraw some S$4.9 billion. The funds were then used as part of the S$20.5 billion resilience package unveiled by Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on 5 February 2009. As of January 2009, Singapore's official reserves stands at US$170.3 billion. In 2009, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Singapore the tenth most expensive city in the world in which to live—the third in Asia, after Tokyo and Osaka. The 2009 Cost of Living survey, by consultancy firm Mercer, has ranked Singapore similarly as the tenth most expensive city for expatriates to live in. The population of Singapore is approximately 4.86 million. Singapore is highly cosmopolitan and diverse with Chinese people forming an ethnic majority with large populations of Malay, Indian and other people. English, Malay, Tamil, and Chinese are the official languages. Singapore is a parliamentary republic, and the Constitution of Singapore establishes representative democracy as the nation's political system. The People's Action Party dominates the political process and has won control of Parliament in every election since self-government in 1959.

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Shopping in Singapore - Singapore City
Shopping in Singapore Singapore is considered to be one of the richest and most well organized countries of the world. Singapore has a very high standard of living. It is an island with 1,000 shopping malls. Many tourists reach this tropical paradise mainly to do Shopping in Singapore. There are several opportunities for Shopping in Singapore. Shopping in Singapore is a great thing. When you will come across Singaporeans telling you that shopping is the national sport, they are actually not joking. Shopping is the topmost sport in the country and it ranks right up there along with eating as a favorite pastime. Many visitors to Singapore come with a motive of sightseeing but end up in piling up their luggage with extra bags. There a...

What Where to Eat in Singapore - Singapore City
What Where to Eat in Singapore What and where to eat in Singapore would not be difficult to answer at all as food culture is very rich and history is a witness to this fact as one finds people form different races have settled in Singapore. In Singapore eating is considered to be a national past time. Here one would find there are numerous places to eat that are rich in culinary that includes Chinese, Malay, Indian and European. This great number of places to eat reflects the great desire for food and drink in Singapore. One would find in the city- state at almost all the places restaurants. The places to eat offer cuisines from almost all the part of the world. The cuisines also reflect the coming together of different cultures that have b...

China Town Hotels - Singapore City
China Town Hotels China Town is one of the most culturally and traditionally important place in Singapore. The colorful culture and tradition paints the city with an eternal charm. Today's lively town was once a tragic part of Singapore when it faced man made calamity. The tragic wars caused a high death rates leaving behind many torn families and orphans. However, the courageous nature Chinese did not succumb to the circumstances and pulled together in high spirit to shape the lively Chinatown. You need to stay in one of the hotels China Town Singapore in order to explore the region. “Niu Che Shui” is also a Chinese name of Chinatown which literally means bullock's carts' water. The town got this name in the early days when Si...

Marina Bay Hotels - Singapore City
Marina Bay Hotels In the southern part of Singapore near the central area, a beautiful bay, Marina Bay welcomes you with an eternal and glitzy smile. This artificial bay fascinates everyone in the very first sight. Marina Bay is the centerpiece of redevelopment of city. This seamless extension of the city into the downtown is where you can explore; you can celebrate; you can feast your eyes on the natural beauty. Water in the bay and gardens nearby it offer multitude of avenues to relish your stay in one of the elegant Marina Bay hotels Singapore. The excellence lying in every element of the place will leave an eternal impression on you. With the development of Marina Centre and Marina South areas, a large body of water was sheltere...

Temple of Singapore - Singapore City
Temple of Singapore Singapore is the perfect pot-pourri of various cultures, colorful traditions and diverse religions. There are quite a few temples in Singapore each propagating a different religion. Apart from the Hindu temples in Singapore the visitors will find a number of Buddhist temples in Singapore. Although Singapore boasts of diverse cultures there is peace and harmony which shows that there is perfect cohabitation of people from various backgrounds. Among the tourist attractions in Singapore the temples in Singapore are included in the list of must-sees. The Sri Mariamman Temple is one of the most famous and one of the most important temples in Singapore. Initially the temple was a wooden structure but in 1843 the temple ...