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Singapore is a popular travel destination, contributing to the importance of its tourism industry. Total visitor arrivals were 10.2 million in 2007. To attract more tourists, the government has decided to legalise gambling and to allow two casino resorts to be developed at Marina South and Sentosa in 2005.

To compete with regional rivals like Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Shanghai, the government has announced that the city area would be transformed into a more exciting place by lighting up the civic and commercial buildings. Food has also been promoted as an attraction for tourists, with the Singapore Food Festival held every July to celebrate Singapore's cuisine. Other annual events in Singapore include the Singapore Sun Festival, the Christmas Light Up, and the Singapore Jewel Festival.

Singapore is promoting itself as a medical tourism hub: about 200,000 foreigners seek medical care in the country each year, and Singapore medical services aim to serve one million foreign patients annually by 2012 and generate USD 3 billion in revenue. The government states that this could create some 13,000 new jobs within the health industries.

One of the things that magnetizes tourists to Singapore is the beauty of its natural attractions. The country is also filled with commercial and business establishments that mesmerize travelers. Tourists from all over the world visit Singapore year in and year out. This only proves that Singapore is continually improving on its tourism and shows to the world the beauty it has to offer. If you are to drop by Singapore, here are some tourist attractions the Singapore Tourist Guide advises that you should definitely check out.

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Sentosa Island
If you are dreaming of the perfect vacation getaway, the Island of Sentosa would definitely make your fantasies come true. It is an Island resort with all the comfort you need. If you want to relax and forget about the city’s worries you can head to Sentosa to unwind. You can use the resort’s recreational facilities, golf and sport areas.

Night Safari
This is one attraction that is very unique. The Night Safari features nocturnal animals of all kinds. Most of these animals are from other parts of the world. It is a 40-hectare land and home to about 1,000 animals of almost 100 species. It only opens at night and you can experience first hand the attractions of the rainforest of Malaysia, the Jungle of India, and the amazing African Sahara.

Tang Dynasty City
If you are a history buff, you can drop by a number of historical museums in Singapore. You can also drop by the Tang Dynasty City where you can literally walk through Singapore’s history and culture. It is actually a theme park where you can find old stone walls with historical remarks. You can also find a number of dining areas, temples, shop, court houses and geisha houses.

Chinese and Japanese Gardens
Natural lovers would find peace and serenity in the Chinese and Japanese Gardens of Singapore located at Yuan Ching Road. Beside this tourist spot, you can also find the Jurong Bird Park. You can find classic Imperial style of gardens and feel the cool breeze of the Juron Lake. Here, you can visit the Garden of Romance, the Herb Garden or walk by the Double Beauty Bridge.

Temple of 1000 Lights
If you are intrigued with the religious background of Singapore, you can visit the country’s local temples. Specifically, you can visit the Temple of 1000 lights which has been an attraction in itself. It also referred to as the Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya and can be found near the Race Course.


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Official Name:
Republik Singapura
Republic of Singapore
short form: Singapore
Chinese (pinyin): Xinjiapo Gònghéguó
Malay: Republik Singapura

ISO Country Code: sg

Time:
Local Time = UTC +8h
Actual Time: Mon-Jan-24  08:12

Country Calling Code: +65

Capital City: Singapore (Sanskrit Singapura--Lion City; pop. 3.5 million)

Government:
Type: Parliamentary Republic.
Independence: 9 August 1965 (from Malaysian Federation)
Constitution: 3 June 1959, amended 1965 (based on preindependence State of Singapore Constitution)

Geography:
Location: Southeast Asia, islands between Malaysia and Indonesia.
Area: 597 sq km
Terrain: Lowland; gently undulating central plateau contains water catchment area and nature preserve.

Climate: equatorial, a tropical rainforest climate; hot and humid.

People:
Nationality: noun: Singaporean(s), adjective: Singapore
Population: 4.4 million
GNI per capita PPP: int'l $ 28 228
Ethnic Groups: Chinese 77%, Malay 14%, Indian 8%
Religions: Buddhist (Chinese), Muslim (Malays), Christian, Hindu, Sikh, Taoist, Confucianist.
Languages: PuTongHua (Mandarin Chinese, official), Malay (official and national), Tamil (official), English (official)
Literacy: 93%

Natural resources: Fish, deepwater ports.
Agriculture - products: Rubber, copra, fruit, orchids, vegetables, poultry, eggs, fish, ornamental fish.

Industries: Electronics, chemicals, financial services, oil drilling equipment, petroleum refining, rubber processing and rubber products, processed food and beverages, ship repair, offshore platform construction, life sciences, entrepot trade.

Currency: Singapore Dollar (S$, SGD)

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