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9 of the world's most impressive city parks

By: Josh Lew on Aug. 8, 2012, 6:05 p.m.
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Bukit Timah Nature Preserve, Singapore

Bukit Timah Nature Preserve is a relatively small park that stretches for 400 acres on its namesake hill in the city-state of Singapore. The well-kept trails and infrastructure and the tropical plants and animals make this an interesting destination for those seeking a unique urban park experience. Nature lovers will find unusual insects such as praying mantises alongside creatures like freshwater crabs, flying squirrels and pangolins. Rattan, fig and other tropical trees that once covered vast parts of Singapore still grow on the slopes of Bukit Timah.

The park's trails lead through the forests and up to the summit of the hill, which is the highest point in Singapore. Singapore is a largely urban place, though arguably one of the more pleasant cityscapes in the world, and Bukit Timah gives visitors a chance to easily connect with the country's hidden natural side.