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Asia is a home to some of the cutting-edge architecture, design and engineering with a unique charm. Sure to say; adventure is almost everywhere you turn on an Asia tour, but for an unforgettable holiday, let me take you through the most amazing structures that will surely bring you magical moments and insider experiences you won’t find anywhere else.
Singapore’s Marina Barrage
This is an engineering marvel built across the mouth of Marina Channel, which lies between the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean. Singapore designed the barrage to secure an ample water supply for the ever increasing population, as well create quality recreational opportunities. This unique system has nine 30m-wide and 5m-high steel crest gates that are responsible for spanning the 350m-wide Marina Channel. Also, it has seven drainage pumps that are capable of dislodging about 280 cubic metres of water in just a second. Well, this does not only provide flood control but equally helps keep Marina Reservoir water level constant all year round, which is ideal for all water-based recreational activities such as kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, dragon-boating and canoeing.
Taiwan’s Hsuehshan Tunnel
This is the longest tunnel in Taiwan with a total length of 12.942 km, located on the Taipei-Yilan Freeway. It was constructed with one pilot tunnel and two main tunnels specifically for westbound and eastbound traffic. The construction of this tunnel through the vast mountains on the island was one of the toughest engineering projects ever attempted, but it was worthwhile as it helped to connect the western coast of Taiwan, where the majority of the people lived, to the eastern coast of Taiwan.
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay, often referred to as an award-winning horticultural destination, is a nature park located in central Singapore, next to Marina Reservoir. It spans 101 hectares of reclaimed land, which is divided into 2 main areas; Bay East Garden and Bay South Garden.
Bay South Garden is largest of the gardens and is designed similarly to the Vanda Miss Joaquim (Singapore’s national flower). Here you will find massive Supertrees (vertical gardens) with heights that range between 25 and 50 metres, and a 35-metre tall mountain covered in lush vegetation and obscured in mist. Enjoy a few moments by walking on the suspended walkway between the Supertrees. Also, don’t miss to catch a view of the sky’s choreographed lights and sounds at the Garden ecstasy amidst the Supertrees as evening falls.
For a picnic setting with tropical palm trees and lush lawns, each with its own specific landscaping design and character, Bay East Garden has it. The garden provides the visitors with an unobstructed picturesque view of the city skyline from the waterfront promenade.
Beijing National Stadium (Bird’s Nest)
The stadium is recognized as the world’s largest steel frame structure with a weight of 42,000 tons. It has an eye-catching landmark structure, which staged the 2008 Olympic Games. At first, the engineers used a design that called for a retractable roof, but then they later removed it from their plan to have a structure that would meet the seismic requirements. The stadium extends 294m from east to west and 333m from north to south, with a height of 69.2m. Basically, what led it to be nicknamed Bird’s Nest was its intricate shape and lattice-like design, which incorporates Chinese symbols and folklores. This iconic design consists of about 26 miles of unwrapped steel and has two independent frames set 50 feet apart; an outer steel frame and an inner red concrete seating bowl.
The Bailong Elevator (China)
Bailong Elevator, also known as Hundred Dragons Elevator, is the world’s highest and heaviest outdoor lift. Situated in the Zhangjiajie, National Forest Park in China, the construction of this incredible elevator began in 1999 and took only three years to build. It was later open public in May 2002. This architectural marvel is 326 m (1,070 ft) high and consists of three double-story glass elevators. Well, each elevator has a capacity of 4,900 kg. This means the elevator can carry up to 50 people in one trip and a total of 18,000 people daily, and it takes only just 1 minute and 32 seconds to ride from the base to the top.
This breathtaking cliff face elevator doesn’t not only provide a convenient transportation for sightseeing tourists, but also helps to save time when supplying materials of scenic spots. Besides that, it helps maximize the protection of the natural environment and supports ecological balance.