Take the East West railway line (green line) towards Joo Koon and alight at the Chinese Garden Station. The garden is just about 4 minutes walk from the station. Entrance to the garden is free. If you love photography, visit there when the sky is blue to produce great shots. When we visited the place, it was a bit gloomy, but we still manage to take some nice photos.
Upon entering the main entrance, you can see the map of the Chinese Garden and the Japanese Garden as well. You can start taking the Chinese Garden side, and later, to the Japanese Garden since they are just adjacent to each other and connected with a bridge.
The first thing you'll notice is the 7-storey pagoda. You can take the stairs towards the top for you to have a 360-degree aerial view of the garden and even some parts of Singapore. Unfortunately, the pagoda was too crowded that time when we went here, so we decided not to go to the top.
You'll see these too, statues of some important Chinese people.
And just in front of that is the Main Arch Building. You can also find a fishpond in the middle of this Chinese building.
Chinese Garden: 6am - 11pm
Japanese Garden: 6am - 7pm