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Q. Singapore is … an island, a city, a river? A. All three. Separated from the tip of Malaysia by the narrow Johore Strait and from Indonesia by the broader Strait of Malacca, the city state is based at the mouth of the Singapore river. The trading centre there created modern Singapore and has now transmuted from shipping and commodity trading to a high-tech ‘tiger economy’. Singapore delights in contrasts. A multi-cultural mix of Chinese, Indian and Malay (with British overtones) is reflected in language, architecture and, deliciously, in food. Business skyscrapers butt against restored waterfront shops and ‘godowns’ (warehouses) at the lively Clarke and Boat Quays. Naturally Singapore is a water-oriented city. You can take tours in vivid yellow Duck amphibians, or go to Sentosa Island by the world’s only harbour-crossing cable car – a stunning experience, especially by night. Once there, the amazing aquarium includes a travelator through an under-ocean viewing tunnel. As well as coming together, the people of Singapore have their own traditional quarters - Little India, Chinatown and the Geyland Serai Malaysian district, each of which offers unique spectacle and dining experiences. Finally, even on a brief stop-over, if you only have one drink, it has to be a Singapore Sling in the ‘last outpost’ of the Raffles Hotel.

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