The new town of Jurong was created out of swampy terrain in the 1960s, amid great scepticism about its chances of success. Today it and neighbouring Tuas boast a diverse portfolio of industries, including pharmaceuticals and oil refining – in which Singapore is a world leader despite having nary a drop of black gold of its own – and Jurong’s centre is being remodelled with new leisure facilities in mind. As far as sights are concerned, Jurong’s Bird Park is presently the only must-see, though the Singapore Science Centre is ahead of the curve as far as science museums go, and is not to be missed if you’ve got kids to entertain. More pertinent to grown-ups are tours of the Tiger Brewery, though note that these have to be booked in advance.

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