Hilly and green, the western part of the island is home to the country’s premier university, the National University of Singapore at Kent Ridge. It lies at the start of a nine-kilometre series of ridges and peaks now collectively labelled the Southern Ridges, stretching southeast to Mount Faber near Tanjong Pagar downtown. Several minor attractions nestle along the route, but a major part of the ridges’ appeal is the chance to do a couple of hours’ walk from one lush hill to another using a network of interconnecting bridges. Further west is the industrial new town of Jurong, where, true to form, Singapore’s planners have woven several sights and leisure facilities into the fabric of the area, the pick of them being the Jurong Bird Park. In between these areas and downtown is the suburb of Holland Village, boasting a string of restaurants and bars popular with foreigners.

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