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Singapore

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Everything works like clockwork, the streets are clean, orderly traffic, police inflexible with those dirty or makes noise. It is not Switzerland, Singapore, an island city-state in South-East Asia (in fact a main island and 55 smaller) and one of the economic tigers of Asia.

E 'connected in the north to the Malay Peninsula by a bridge; goes south, with smaller islands, towards Malacca.
It 'a real ethnic mix: Chinese, Malaysian, Indian, and then Armenians, Arabs, Indonesians and Europeans.

The port is the second in the world after Rotterdam, the financial market represents 24 percent of the country. The skyscrapers of glass block stand out the names of all the major multinationals.
But tourism is a respectable item in the budget of the country.

     Old Times is the oldest part, built by the founder of Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles, who bought the land in 1819 by the Sultan of Johore and did design and build to the north the city of business, strictly English. The buildings are all in Victorian style and Palladian.
     The Chinatown is the cultural heart of Singapore and is full of restaurants and shops. Arab Street is famous for its batik fabric shops, for straw baskets and jewelery craftsmanship.
     Little India is colorful and smells of spices: the main market is called Zhujiao Centre. Orchard Road is the major hotels and shopping centers.

The Sister's Island are great for divers, with their coral reef.
The Butik Timah Nature Reserve is the largest area where the rainforest to survive.

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