Bishan City lies squarely to the extreme north of the central Singapore. It is geographically one of the biggest cities which is ranked at position 38 in terms of size. Considering residential planning, Bishan is one of the most densely populated in the country. It is subdivided into five giant parts namely, Sin ming, Marymount, Bishan east, Upper Thomson and Bishan North. Due to the high number of privately-owned residential properties, Bishan is ranked 15th population wise.
Its geographical location boarders Toa Payoh, Sera goon and Ang Mo Kio to the south, east and North respectively. The three boarders are also highly ranked as planning arears. Bishan boarders the central water catchment in the west as well.Bishan city is traditionally known for serving as a cemetery owned by Kwong Wai Siew Peck San Theng. The cemetery served communities belonging to the Cantonese and Hakka in the year 1870. Among many cities in Singapore, Bishan was the first to embrace modern housing designs. The designs featured pitched roofs which varied in height. Two of the major significant learning institutions, Raffles institution and Catholic High school are found in Bishan city.
The name Bishan means large burial ground which is derived from the Cantonese community. Some of the major amenities found in Bishan includes, Whitley Secondary school, Marymount MRT Station, Bright Hill MRT Station and Upper Thomson MRT Station Buses among many others. In order to meet the rising demand for housing, the year 1980 saw the housing development board (HDR) expand the city into a modern housing estate. The board laid down plans to build a total of 24,600 residential units which were to be spread across 4 identified regions. The board had managed to complete at least five units by the year 1985. Bishan is as well known for hosting major National sporting events. This includes the Asian Youth games in 2009 among many others. Bishan is a metropolitan city which has much potential to grow even further.