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Only in Singapore: 10 things that make the city-state unique

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Singapore is often called "just another bland modern city," with gleaming high-rise buildings and sophisticated infrastructure, but digging a little deeper, there's far more to the city-state.

The epitome of a melting pot, the island nation brags a blend of culture, producing foods, customs and traditions not seen elsewhere.

From local cuisine to "choping" to Changi Airport, CNBC takes a look at 10 things that make Singapore unique as it celebrates 50 years of independence.

By Ansuya Harjani
Posted 3 August 2015

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