Thursday, 25 December 2014

[Gardens By The Bay] - Waterfall in Cloud Forest

After had our hand stamped with re-entry pass, we walked to Cloud Forest Conservatory which is just opposite Flower Dome.

Tadaa~! This is the highlight of this dome! (Vera Lee)
35-metre tall man-made "Cloud Mountain"
 shrouding the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.

Yes, you'll be greeted with a little bit of splashing water from the fall and chilly air once you open the glass door to Cloud Forest. (Vera Lee)
Welcome to the mysterious world veiled in mist;
entirely different from the Flower Dome. (Vera Lee)
Vintage car covered in lush vegetation. (Vera Lee)
It looks like Tuk-Tuk car in Thailand
 or Bemo (Becak Motor) in Indonesia. (Vera Lee)
Come~! Let's hike up and climb to explore Lost World!

Hah~?! but how if you don't any mountain climbing or hiking experience?! Sorry... sorry, I mean take lift to Level 6 then climb the stairs to Lost World. :P (Vera Lee)
Lost World, the highest point of the mountain, 
 replicates the cloud forest vegetation at around 2,000m above sea level. (Vera Lee)
  Soothing splashing Waterfall from the top of the mountain. (Vera Lee)
Awesome fantastic views of  Marina Bay Sands and... (Vera Lee)
Marina Bay Waterfront skyline from Cloud Bridge. (Vera Lee)
Can you find any carnivorous plants such as pitcher plants 
and the Venus Fly-catcher here? (Vera Lee)
Closed-up view of the of epiphytes plant species that clad the side of the mountain. (Vera Lee)
Squeeze and smile everyone~! (Vera Lee)
After stroll one round, take escalator down to the next lower level... (Vera Lee)
 You will be surrounded by the many interesting shapes of 
real stalactites and stalagmites at Crystal Mountain. (Vera Lee)
Happy 'Mogu' Cheerry to find Mushroom-shaped stalagmites.

You can also learn about geology on how the continents formed, the age of earth, and the importance of fossils in understanding our planet’s past. (Vera Lee)
Treetop Bridge is at the same level with Crystal Cave. (Vera Lee)
Spotted Morning glory instead of carnivorous plants such as 
Pitcher plants and the Venus Fly-catcher on Treetop Bridge railing. (Vera Lee)
Monster Me or Mini Me at Treetop Bridge. (Vera Lee)
 My tummy said this Cloud Bridge looks like 'Pretzel' heart-shape :P (Vera Lee)
So difficult to take family photo using monopod because
it kept turned down as Samsung Galaxy Note 4 too heavy.
Thanks to the garden staff helped us to take this nice shoot ^^ (Vera Lee)
Lovely green mountain and the Falls from
Waterfall viewing balcony.  Isn't it cool?!

But, it's even cooler because there's no pillars to support this Dome. 
Even the bridges are supported from the man-made mountain!!! (Vera Lee)
 Small waterfall at Secret Garden.

Do visit Earth Check to understand more on underlying concept of Gardens By The Bay. A concerted effort made to design for sustainable cycles in energy and water. 

At this special lab will find facts, figures and amazing statistics for a unique view of the state of the earth today and the problems we are likely to face due to climate change and habitat loss. Check the video below on cycles of nature, cycles of air, cycles of green energy,... (Vera Lee)
Pale Crocodile - Secret Garden

Cloud Forest and Flower Dome Conservatories are a statement in sustainable engineering and apply a suite of cutting-edge technologies that provide energy efficient solutions in cooling, ensuring at least 30% savings in energy consumption compared to conventional cooling technologies.

The conservatories' structure is fitted with spectrally selective glass  and light-sensor operated shades that allow optimal light in for plants but cut out a substantial amount of heat to minimise energy costs. (Vera Lee)
 After that, take escalator and go down to +5 Degrees.

You will virtually experience the effect of temperature increase around the planet. This interactive voyage through time and space allows you to see the world from a different perspective, unlocking a new dimension of visual experience. (Vera Lee)
  Secret Garden

End your journey in the Cloud Forest at the foot of the mountain. Go on a stroll through a gorge that will take you close to plants that belong to families that were once growing in abundance on earth, yet are increasingly rare today. (Vera Lee)
 Secret garden view from Cloud Bridge.

My eyes really thanks for soothing and relaxing green therapy from these two conservatories. (Vera Lee)
The exits of Flower Dome and Cloud Forest 
will bring you to Garden Gift Shop. (Vera Lee)
 Paintings of Supertree Grove and two conservatories 
in Gardens By The Bay.
(Ok, let's go to Supertree now~^^) (Vera Lee) 
 Entrance to Cloud Forest - Upright Totems

 Do wear long sleeves if you're visiting Cloud Dome by night
especially in the rainy season ^^

 Please check this link for more information, how to get there,
purchase tickets, and maintenance schedule of Cloud Forest.

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