"The results of TripAdvisor's 2014 Traveller's Choice Awards is out, and the Singapore Botanic Gardens is once again Asia's best park.
The park, which hopes to register as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is joined by Japan's Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park (2nd) and Hong Kong's Nan Lian Garden (3rd). Gardens by the Bay's Cloud Forest Dome is also in the list at no. 25.
The world's top three best parks according to TripAdvisor are Vancouver's Stanley Park, Colorado's Garden of the Gods and Central Park in New York City."
I have been to two of the best 4 parks in the world the Botanical Gardens and Central Park and we are going to Vancouver in 6 weeks time - close to Stanley Park - so will have visited 3 out of 4 parks.
I guess I need to plan a visit to Colorado's Garden of the Gods next year or so.
Anyhow above is the clock in Singapore Botanical Gardens and it has the names of 4 cities on it. Singpaore, Tokyo, London and Vancouver. After next month I'll have been to all 4 - woo hoo!!
I don't know why it has those particular cities - probably related to Botanical Gardens but will try to find out. I love a wee mystery.
Update - here is the reply I received from the excellent people at the Singapore Botanical Gardens:
Dear Mr Frary
Thank you for your patience.
We have gathered information that the countries reflected on the clock tower was the preference of the donor herself, the late Lady Yuen Peng McNiece. The special connection to the Singapore Botanic Gardens are the Sealing Wax Palm trees sculptures that are part of the clock tower which is the logo of our Gardens.
Hope this clarifies your query.
Singapore Botanic Gardens