Singapore is a city-state in Southeast Asia. Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, since independence it has become one of the world's most prosperous countries and boasts one of the world's busiest ports.
The Singapore River forms a central artery in Singapore's densely packed Central Business District.
Balestier, Newton, Novena and Toa Payoh are in central Singapore.
Singapore's Chinatown is the traditional Chinese quarters of town, and while the entire city is largely Chinese these days, the area does retain some of its own charm.
The northern and western parts of Singapore are the city's hinterlands, consisting of jungle dotted with public housing blocks and a significant industrial area in Sungei Kadut and the reclaimed area of Tuas.
Orchard Road is the main shopping street of Singapore. North of the Singapore River, to the west of the Central Business District, Orchard Road turns into Bras Basah Road as it heads east.
Sentosa is an island just off the southern coast of Singapore.
The East Coast of Singapore is largely residential and offers few sights as such; most visitors just cross it on their way from and to Changi Airport.
Little India is, as the name promises, the centre for the large Indian community in Singapore.
Bugis and Kampong Glam are districts of Singapore, just to the east of the city centre.
Singapore Changi Airport is the main airport of Singapore situated on the eastern edge of the island with good public transport links to all parts of Singapore.
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