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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.
Together 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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  • I visited here during the day, the place is not too big, quiet and quiet, should visit in the afternoon so as not to overheat, the location can be reached by walking from the Hill Gombak MRT.
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  • This park is relatively smaller than the others. It's a good idea to picnic at this area. For jogging, i still prefer other parks. Advise to go at about 5pm or later.  more »
  • Is a pond located in Bukit batok station 5 minutes walk and the Boardwalk. In rocks exposed to the depths of the pond is Cliff Guilin's seems Little guilin.
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  • So pretty. Little, just like its name suggests, but beautiful. Loved hanging out here in the evening time while the sun was still out. Very chill and relaxed.
  • Relaxing place for a leisurely stroll. Birdwatchers can try to spot a pair of grey headed fish eagles as well. I spotted kingfishers and many other small birds around as well.
  • Nice place to relax with family. It is standalone little lake and nice scenery of quite location in so stressfulness country. When you reach that place you can feel you are out of stressfulness. You have to walk around from the starting point which is near the soccer field, to the other last end. On the last end there is one play ground and good to refreshing your muscles. Guest can walk around the walk way like semicircle only.
  • Nice quaint park in Bukit Batok area. Quiet, serene at times.
  • Fantastic history behind this old disused quarry that is now being managed by local authorities. Right now it's basically an aesthetically pleasing backdrop of a really small park since you can't walk closer around it. Find some local creatures and critters living in and abouts it and explore this pleasingly serene place.
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