Daily: 5.00am – 2.00am
The Canyon features the world’s largest collection of sculptural rocks along a 400-metre trail inspired by the dragon.
Be awed by the intriguing shapes and imposing sizes of one-of-a-kind ancient rock forms sourced from Shandong, China. Adding to the exotic appeal are mystical creature sculptures as well as plant species unique to arid regions.
Daily: 5.00am – 2.00am
Main Entrance Basement Carpark
Here’s where masterpieces of Nature and Art co-exist. Come closer to some of the world’s toughest plants and timeless sculptures. Discover over 200 plant species unique to arid regions, as well as four mystical sculptures in the form of a giant dragonfly, a metal dragon and two Chinese totems.
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Beaked Yucca (Yucca Rostrata)
These evergreen tree-like succulents are resistant to heat, drought, even frost. They are always a joy to look at, with a crown that fans out like a pom-pom, and interesting flower buds shaped like beaks.
Carnauba Wax Palm (Copernicia Prunifera)
Originating from the savannah, the Carnauba Wax Palm is strong enough to withstand both droughts and floods. Its leaves are used to harvest heat-resistant wax, which explains its name!
Cockspur Coral Tree (Erythrina Crista-Galli)
With striking red blossoms, this subtropical tree is widely planted to dress up the streets of many countries. Examine its flowers and their keel will remind you of something—the sharp spur on a cock’s feet!
Doum Palm (Hyphaene Thebaica)
Thanks to its huge leaves, the Doum Palm adapts easily to long, dry summers. In fact, their wonderful leaves benefit humankind too. Tribes living along the Niger and Nile Rivers harness these gifts from Nature to weave anything from baskets to mats and brooms.
Grass Tree (Xanthorrhoea Glauca)
If you spot a Grass Tree with a charred trunk, that’s proof of its remarkable fire-resistance. Unique to Australia, the iconic tree has the ability to withstand extreme heat and is often one of the first plants to regrow after an intense bush fire.
Moore’s Cycad (Macrozamia Moorei)
Growing up to seven metres in height, the Moore’s Cycad is the tallest-growing species in the Macrozamia genus. It’s also known for its hardiness—with the ability to recover even after being transplanted bare-rooted.
Pochote (Ceiba Schottii)
With lovely flowers that give off a vanilla-like scent and seed pods that produce cottony fibres, the Pochote would naturally invite nature lovers to come closer. But just be careful—you don’t want to be too near its prickly, spiky trunk.
Tataré (Chloroleucon Tortum)
Also known as the Brazilian Rain Tree, the Tataré is an attractive ornamental tree. It’s characterised by a twisted trunk and a bark that peels off to reveal layers of beautifully contrasting colours.
Yellow Rain Tree (Albizia Saman ‘Yellow’)
With every thousand raintree seeds sown, only one grows into a yellow tree. You can call this rare cultivar a beautiful stroke of serendipity because it’s born from a genetic mutation.
Crafted from salvaged metal, this gigantic dragonfly sculpture symbolises the Gardens’ environmental sustainability efforts. Designed by Italian sculptor Simone Belotti; donated by Ms Juanita Foo.
The work of Italian sculptor Simone Belotti, this metallic dragon was born out of an original story by Mr John Koh. In the tale, a dragon named Marco Drago journeyed to the East and found its way to Gardens by the Bay. As you can see, the mystical creature has now made the Gardens its home.
Huabiao (Chinese Totem)
The Huabiao is an ornamental stone column often seen in classical Chinese architecture. Traditionally made out of marble or jade, it features an intricately carved dragon coiled around the column as a symbol of authority and prosperity. The Canyon showcases two modern interpretations crafted in granite. The taller of the two stands at 10 metres and towers over the placid waters of Marina Bay.