|Part of the forested Park.|
Living in a city can have its drawbacks. Too many tall concrete buildings cramped together, no matter how beautiful, will eventually make most of us yearn for some wide open places with trees and flowers where we can commune with nature. In many great cities in the world, parks have been built to add that breathe of fresh air for its inhabitants.
Just 15 minutes by car from the City, this park which was originally a reservoir, incorporates a 2 km asphalt jogging path around a man made lake, a seafood restaurant, hawker center, event halls and a water theme park. Luckily these buildings are all concentrated towards the entrance of the park and the rest is an oasis of green. Visitors come in two waves, the early risers from as early as 5.00am in the morning till 10.00am and the 2nd wave comes in the evenings between 4.30 pm to 6.30pm. They come to walk, jog, and enjoy nature and even dance in the park, as there are Tai chi and line dancing classes held in the mornings.
|Treckers arriving at the top.|
To many people, the park is truly a blessing regardless of their ages and physical fitness levels. It provides city dwellers with a venue to stay fit and healthy, family bonding or just to commune with nature.
Parking and entrance is free.
Text and photos by DAVID DE LA HARPE