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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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  • Near to bukit gombak mrt. It has little lake and hill similar to guilin in china. Nice little outing and picture taking. We had our family picture taken here in 2011.  more »
  • one of the tours that are not mainstream anti wafted by the traveler. very suitable when want to find another atmosphere of Singapore.
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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 »
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  • Nice scenic views right smack in the middle of a suburban area, I used to visit a lot when I was a kid to feed the wild terrapins here.
  • Relatively quiet and well maintained. Nice view of little guilin from different viewing spots. For aerial view, ascend to the top of the cliff (6-8 storeys high) , best view in my opinion. Another tip is to start here before the Bukit Batok nature trail since this will only require a 20mins stay to fully appreciate it as it is very small and the sole purpose of the park is for viewing the little guilin.
  • It is a small place but definitely good place. Rocky terrain and get fewer visitors. Calm place. But this place has mosquitos that may make you uncomfortable.
  • It was a nice and quiet place. The lake seems to be a former quarry pool. Close to Bukit Timah and Bukit Batok nature reserves and connected by park connector network.
  • A very peaceful place to go to if you are looking for somewhere to calm your mind after a long,stressful day.Very easy to get there from Bukit Gombak MRT station and there are vending machines to get drinks from at a nearby stadium.
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