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Little Guilin, Singapore

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Bukit Batok Town Park is a nature park located in the precinct of Guilin in the town of Bukit Batok, Singapore. The park was created from a disused granite quarry. As such, it has a resemblance to the granite rock formations in Guilin, China. Hence it is also known as Little Guilin or Xiao Guilin among the locals.HistoryTogether with the neighbouring Bukit Batok Nature Park, Bukit Batok Town Park occupies 77 hectares of land in Bukit Batok planning area, which covers the subzones Bukit Gombak, Hong Kah, Brickworks and Hillview. The park was a granite quarry for extracting a form of norite called Gombak norite. The name of the area, Bukit Batok, which means "coughing hills", was derived from the sounds of quarrying activities.When the granite had to be extracted below sea level and could threaten the ecology of the area, the government closed down the quarries in Bukit Batok and made arrangements to purchase granite from Indonesia instead. As a result, the quarry became abandoned and rainwater filled it up over time, turning it into a mini lake. In 1984, the Housing and Development Board (HDB) wanted to fill up the quarry and build a road over it. However, after seeing that the existing quarry had rugged granite outcrops and a contrasting backdrop of green hills that gave it a pleasant look, the HDB converted the quarry into a park instead. They also beautified the surroundings and improved accessibility by placing granite blocks on the retaining walls, as well as adding footpaths, lights and seating. The park was called "Little Guilin" or "Xiao Guilin" by the locals because the granite formations resemble the mountains in Guilin in China's Guangxi Province.
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  • Well, if you love serene, you would love this place behind the Bukit Gombak stadium. This place is a nature park and has a limestone formation which looks like Guilin (that is why this place is known ...  more »
  • Very easy to locate, nothing much to see. Good place for photography and a great escape from a busy city.  more »
  • Good photography. Disused Quarry. Easy to get there. One of the best town parks. Great place to relax and jog. Nearby mrt. Lots of eatries nearby.  more »
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  • A small park, quiet and pleasant, not many visitors around. Walking distance from Bukit Gombak. Good place to spend an hour or so under the trees, facing the pond.
  • I fell in love with this place because it feels like you are not in Singapore. :) I love the rocks and the green scenery. This place is gem for those people who wants to have a photoshoot
  • A small santuary in the neighbourhood. Come prepared with mosquito repellent if you're staying long.
  • Very peaceful and quiet at night.
  • An old quarry that you can walk next to. It's "upgraded" in such a way that you'd be disengaged from nature and have zero connection with it. What a pity.

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