It turns out that my China visa won’t be ready in time for the current trip.
I’ll therefore be returning from Singapore to Istanbul today.
Although disappointed that I won’t get to see Beijing, I really enjoyed Singapore. The people are very kind and respectful, a characteristic that likely extends to other Far Eastern cultures. In addition, the small city-state has a somewhat unexpectedly large tech scene.
Finally, the wide range of hole in the wall restaurants serving spicy soups and curries is a real treat. I look forward to going back, hopefully on a visit where I’m also able to see Beijing.