Originally launched on 18 April 1975, the Chinese Garden is modelled along the magnificent northern Chinese imperial style of architecture and landscape. Climb to the top of the Seven-storey Pagoda for a magnificent view of the Jurong Lake District, or admire the large bonsai collection housed within a traditional Suzhou-style courtyard.
The garden designed by Prof. Yuen-chen Yu, an architect from Taiwan, the Chinese Garden’s concept is based on Chinese gardening art. The main characteristic is the integration of splendid architectural features with the natural environment. The Chinese Garden is modeled along the northern Chinese imperial style of architecture and landscaping. It is located next to Chinese Garden MRT Station and connected to the adjacent Japanese Garden by a bridge. Along with the aforementioned Japanese Garden, the two gardens are collectively known as the Jurong Gardens.
Visitors will able to explore following features
It is a Chinese belief that the lion is the animal representing authority and fealty. Thus, the cloudy-grained marble stone lions at the gates of the Chinese Garden – typically Chinese in style – guarding the main gates of the Garden. They are skilfully sculptured from Taiwan-imported marble stone.
The bridge as seen from Japanese Garden side
In the art of Chinese gardens, bridges play a critical role and the most important structures may denote the character.
The ‘Bai Hong Qiao’ (the white rainbow, 13-Arch Bridge) at the Garden follows the style of the 17-Arch Bridge at the Summer Palace in Peking. Although the bridge at the Chinese Garden is shorter than the famous 17-Arch Bridge, it still maintains the magnificence and brilliance in architectural design, representing a typical beautiful Chinese bridge.
The Rainbow Bridge is the finish line of The Amazing Race Asia 2.
Main Arch Building
It is a renowned and typical Chinese arch building. The magnificent and grandiose form has made it very popular for picture-taking.
Inside the main arch building, there are two courtyards, namely the “Early Spring Courtyard” and “Garden Courtyard”. Also, there is a fishpond in the centre which is named the “Fishes Paradise”.
Stone Boat and Tea House
A famous traditional feature of Chinese architecture is the Stone Boat structure. Its unique design and splendid architectural beauty is a fine art which has long been praised by people throughout the world.
The style of ‘Yao-Yueh Fang’ (the Stone Boat) in the Chinese Garden is based on the Peking style, but there are some adaptations in the design and the materials used here – as a result of which – a more beautiful and grandiose form is obtained.
The ‘Ming Hsiang Hsieh’ (Tea House) is a miniature structure following the style of the elaborate, winding gallery at the Summer Palace. This meandering design is a characteristic and graceful Chinese architectural feature.
The Pagoda Twins
The bridge connecting the Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden islands; the pagoda is seen rising behind it
In ancient times, the pagoda, originally a simple tower located beside a temple, was used for the keeping of human bones by Buddhists. Later, with improvements in architectural skills, incorporated with the traditional art of building, the pagoda was developed into a structure of striking architectural beauty.
The ‘Ru Yun T’a) (7-storey pagoda) is situated on a small hill in the Chinese Garden. Its typical pagoda design follows the style of Ling Ku Temple Pagoda at Nanjing.
Opened in June 1992, the Suzhou-style Bonsai Garden cost an estimate $3.8 million to build. This 5,800-square-metre garden with Suzhou-style buildings (incorporating a main hall of 50 square metres) and landscape houses a collection of over 2,000 bonsais imported from China and other parts of the world.
The Bonsai Garden has since taken on a new look. Newly revitalised, after spending an estimate of another $500,000 - the Bonsai Garden is a beauty that must be seen to be believed. It is designed as a largest Suzhou-style Bonsai garden of its kind outside of China.
A Bonsai Training Centre has been launched. The public are encouraged to sign up for the course, which will be taught by our resident Bonsai experts from Shanghai and Suzhou (China). They will teach on how to prune and care for Bonsais and how to appreciate the beauty of this unique artistry.
Garden of Abundance
The newest addition to the Chinese Garden family is the Garden of Abundance. The original name of this garden is the Zodiac & Pomegranate Garden, derived from the elements used for the construction of the garden.
It consists of pomegranate trees, the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals sculpture, a sundial, stone bridges and planting of materials, which have meanings of longevity, abundance and fulfilment. Hence the name Garden of Abundance was selected.
100-year-old pomegranate trees from Shantung, China have been carefully planted into this new garden. It sits among the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animal sculptures. This creative concept of Chinese Garden is a new scenic spot designed according to Chinese tradition and folk culture. And most importantly, the theme and design of this garden bestows sincere wishes dedicated to the visitor.
The Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum
The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum exhibits different species turtles and tortoises. A highlight of the museum is it exhibits exotic types of tortoises, such as tortoises with 2 heads and 6 legs - where only one in every few million of these rare species will survive.
The East Entrance
This entrance was specially constructed in conjunction with the Chinese Garden MRT station, to ensure easy access for pedestrians visiting the gardens. Upon approaching the garden, there is a Red Bridge that will lead you in. This Red Bridge symbolises good luck and is an auspicious colour for the Chinese. Two stone lions, welcoming the visitors before entering the garden, also guard the entrance.
Exercise and Workout
The park is a popular spot amongst exercise enthusiasts. It is also a great place for morning and evening strolls.
Surrounded by Jurong Lake, the park is a great location to see a wide range of water birds such as herons, egrets and storks. Bring along a pair of binoculars to see the birds in action.
Explore Cultural Heritage
The Chinese and Japanese Gardens showcase an integration of imperial East Asian architecture within a green environment. Go to the top of the Seven-storey Pagoda for a breathtaking view of the Jurong Lake District.
Opening hours: 5:30am to 11:00pm
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible in most areas
Park Size: 90 hectares
Please do not feed the birds, fish or other wildlife in the gardens
No smoking Jurong Lake Gardens Central (Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden) is a smoke-free garden
Chinese Gardens is accessible from Chinese Garden (EW25) or Lakeside (EW26) MRT stations
Opp Chinese Garden Station - Stop ID 28349: 180 / 335
Chinese Garden Station - Stop ID 28341: 180 / 335
Lakeside Station - Stop ID 28091: 49 / 98 / 98M / 154 / 180 / 187 / 240 / 246
Opp Lakeside Station - Stop ID 28099: 49 / 98 / 98M / 154 / 180 / 187 / 240 / 246