Many airport watchers already regard Singapore Changi as the airport that has everything, but now it even has its own living Eiffel Tower!
The Changi Airport Group marks the major calendar events of several religions. As part of its Christmas festivities the public and transit parts of the airport’s Terminal 2 and 3 now have giant, live perennial plants specially-shaped in the form of iconic world landmarks on display.
Showcasing Changi’s connectivity and its position as Singapore’s gateway to the world, the topiaries, which stand up to 30ft (9m) tall, include the Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House, Temple of Heaven, and Singapore’s very own famous statue of mythical creature, the Merlion (that has the head of a lion and body of a fish). All are emblazoned with decorative lights.
In addition to the topiary, there are floral displays of Christmas trees and flowers across each terminal, with festive touches such as poinsettias, reindeer, sleighs, baubles and gifts.
To throw in an extra element of fun, the Angry Birds characters – from the popular Smartphone game – are also highlights of Changi’s 2011 festive celebrations.
Of course, Singapore Changi has a long-standing reputation for having one of the best airport retail offerings in the world. In keeping with that reputation for going one step further than everyone else, instead of the late-night shopping you may find on your local high-street, at Changi you can shop until the early hours. Its retail outlets have extended their opening hours until 01:00 on Friday and Saturday nights until December 23.