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8 cities where cleanliness rules

By: Josh Lew on Nov. 11, 2013, 5:08 p.m.
Singapore, Sustainable Light Art Festival at Marina Bay

Photo: i359702/Shutterstock

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Singapore's impeccably clean streets reflect some of the strictest littering laws and best public services in the world. Though Singapore has loosened its tie a bit in recent years, various forms of littering are still finable offenses. Steep taxes for owning a car and a useful public transportation system mean that the air is quite clean in this Southeast Asian city state as well.

Perhaps in tandem with its reputation for cleanliness, Singapore has been accused of being a sterile place with no personality whatsoever. However, with its melting pot population, amazing food and arts scenes, there is certainly a lot to see here for visitors willing to look beyond the skyscrapers and shopping malls.

This photo shows an art installation commissioned for the iLight Marina Bay Festival. For a peek at the lights in action, check out this video.