VIDEO, PICTURES

Want an emotional experience? Come to the Lion City

BEIJING - Stroll through the Botanic Gardens and learn about the power of unfading, one-of-a-kind love embodied in a Risis Orchid.

Meet your loved one under the dazzling kaleidoscope of lights at Gardens by the Bay.

Such emotional experiences are part of the storied journey to the Lion City that the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) hopes Chinese tourists will take, following in the footsteps of Taiwanese actress Ariel Lin Yichen who stars in a new micro-movie where she rekindles her romance.

The 20-minute film, launched on Thursday, "New Discoveries" campaign aimed at enticing Chinese travellers, the Lion City's No. 2 source of tourism revenues after Indonesians.

Singapore has become an increasingly popular destination for Chinese tourists, whose arrivals hit 1.5 million in the first nine months of 2012, up 23 per cent from the year before.

The micro-movie commissioned by STB aims to attract Chinese tourists, particularly affluent families with annual incomes above 200,000 RMB (S$ 40,062) to Singapore.

It is a sequel of sorts to the 2011 Taiwan hit drama "In Time With You" (wo ke neng bu hui ai ni).

The romantic drama won one of the highest TV ratings in China in 2011, and has so far garnered more than 170 million views on Youku.com, a top video portal.

While Ms Lin's co-star from the series does not appear in the micro-film, he does appear in flashbacks of their friendship and eventual marriage.

Taiwanese newcomer Sun Qinyue, 26, plays the role of Ms Lin's friend during her trip to Singapore.