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Supertrees complete Singapore's Gardens by the Bay

Updated 0757 GMT (1557 HKT) June 8, 2012
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Singapore's 250-acre green development, Gardens by the Bay, is part of Singapore's redevelopment and new downtown area at Marina Bay. It features three waterfront gardens -- Bay East, Bay Central and Bay South, which opens to the public on June 29. Courtesy Glen Obejera Espinosa
In contrast to the dense urban environment of skyscrapers and high-rise buildings in Singapore, Gardens by the Bay is part of the government's overall strategy to transform Singapore into a "city in a garden." AFP/Getty Images
The Cloud Forest biome is the larger of two climate-controlled conservatories. It features a 30-meter-high waterfall and more than 130,000 plants from tropical climes. Courtesy Choo Yut Shing
The manmade steel forest consists of 18 supertrees varying from 25 to 50 meters in height. They act as cooling ducts for nearby conservatories, collect rainwater, and 11 of them have solar photovoltaic systems to convert sunlight into energy. Courtesy Vincent Chong
Bridges and "skywalks," which connect the taller supertrees, allow park visitors to see the mammoth green space from a spectacular height. Courtesy Vincent Chong
Solar energy collected by the supertrees during the day is then used to light the magnificent structures after night fall. Courtesy Glen Obejera Espinosa
Most of the soon-to-be-opened 103-acre Bay South park has free admission and plenty of sprawling space for visitors to have a picnic in the horticultural heaven until 2 am, when the park closes. Courtesy Glen Obejera Espinosa