Pearl's Hill City Park Hot
This park was built around a reservoir on top of a hill. Tucked away in a corner of Chinatown, you can experience peace and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The park is located behind the Outram Park MRT Station and entrance is from Pearl Bank. The other entrances are at Pearl's Hill Terrance, Pearl's Hill Road and Chin Swee Road. Take time to climb the hill to enjoy the wooded ambience provided by the mature Tembusu trees. Or you can just sit back and relax by the pond, meditating upon the still waters. The lotus plants in the pond, when in full bloom, provide a splash of colour across the entire pond.
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Much ado about nothing
This hill park is OK, just. A few paths lead up from Chinatown round some unkempt koi ponds and a few straggling and struggling gardens of wilting flowers and shrubs. It might as well be concerted to condo grounds as there is very little evidence of civic pride in the way it is maintained.
Having said that, if you need a respite from Chinatown, at least its shady. But it would be simpler and less exhausting to find a shady sea in Duxton Walk.
Hill of the Mozzies
I paid a little visit to this park last year. Climbing up from the small walkway leading from Pearl Centre, I explored the whole park thoroughly, only to discover that Pearl Reservoir is not open to the public at all. It was fenced up with barbed wire like a fortress on top of the hill. What water the park boast came in the form of 2 algae-ridden ponds which is undoubtedly breeding ground for the legions of mosquitoes there.
The whole park was rather dilapidated and worn down. Copious amount of leaves were left unswept on the ground as well as the pavement. When I was traversing through the lesser-tred areas of the park, it seems like the walkway itself is crumbling into the ground.
Perhaps the only good thing I can say about the place is that it is quiet and cooling. I tried to relax on a bench with a book, under the shade of a large tree. However, soft breezes and an sense of tranquility couldn't keep the mosquitoes from driving me off their turf once they discovered new blood.