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'Crazy Rich' in Singapore

Must-see sites from the best-selling novel and beyond.

In his 2013 novel, "Crazy Rich Asians," Singapore-born writer Kevin Kwan introduced readers to a world largely unknown to most Americans: the wildly wealthy enclaves of Singapore, where private jets and bespoke everything are considered prosaic. And though the Asian city-state's economy has seen its ups and downs since gaining full independence in 1965, Singapore continually ranks as the world's most expensive city to live in, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.

With "Crazy Rich Asians" headed to the big-screen this summer, savor a taste of the Singapore lifestyle, featuring sites from the novel and beyond...

ORCHARD ROAD Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images ORCHARD ROAD "This is the famous Orchard Road — tourist central. It's our version of Fifth Avenue," Chinese-American protagonist Rachel Chu is told on her first outing in Singapore. To that end, Orchard Road is actually a collection of numerous shopping centers and restaurants spanning nearly 1.5 miles in the heart of the city, catering to budgets both high (Louis Vuitton) and low (Forever 21). ORCHARD ROAD AT THE HOLIDAYS ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images ORCHARD ROAD AT THE HOLIDAYS SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDENS John S Lander/LightRocket via Getty Images SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDENS Located on the fringe of Orchard Road (and around the corner from the novel's palatial Tyersall Park home), the sprawling Singapore Botanic Gardens date back to 1859; were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015; and are home to some 10,000 species of flora, thus playing a key role in establishing Singapore as a "garden city." THE NATIONAL ORCHID GARDEN LOCATED WITHIN THE BOTANIC GARDENS Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images THE NATIONAL ORCHID GARDEN LOCATED WITHIN THE BOTANIC GARDENS LAU PA SAT FOOD COURT Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images LAU PA SAT FOOD COURT Or, as Rachel's boyfriend Nick describes it in "Crazy Rich Asians," where "the masses come to worship food." The hawker center, housed in a grand Victorian-era structure, boasts booth after booth of delicious nibbles, including classic Singapore street cuisine like char kway teow (a noodle dish) and orh luak (an oyster omelette). GARDENS BY THE BAY S3studio/Getty Images GARDENS BY THE BAY Finished in 2012, Gardens by the Bay actually comprises three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden, and Bay Central Garden. The gardens span 250 acres of reclaimed land and welcome around six million visitors each year. AERIAL VIEW OF GARDENS BY THE BAY DURING THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images AERIAL VIEW OF GARDENS BY THE BAY DURING THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL MERLION STATUE Rustam Azmi/Getty Images MERLION STATUE Half-lion, half-fish, the Merlion — completed in 1972 — stands nearly 30 feet tall and is the unofficial mascot of the city of Singapore. A smaller statue known as the Merlion cub was subsequently placed near the original. There are five "official" Merlion statues located throughout Singapore. MARINA BAY SANDS ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images MARINA BAY SANDS You don't have to be a guest at this multi-billion dollar resort to enjoy the riches. Opened in 2010, the complex is home to more than 300 retailers (hello, Hermès!), a slew of celebrity-chef-owned eateries, and the Sands Theatre (where you can see Broadway hits like "Legally Blonde" and "The Lion King"). However, if you want to take a dip in the hotel's famed infinity pool, you'll have to book a room ... or get creative.