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I visited San Diego zoo this summer and I must say It is in my opinion the best zoo I have been to, maybe the best zoo in the world.
For starters its massive, but don't let that put you off as the zoo has its own internal transport system. This incudes a cable car, which you must pay for (a couple of dollars) from one end to the other of the zoo. I would strongly advise this for at least a one way trip. It takes you high right over the centre of the zoo from which you get an excellant view of the animals and their environment from above
The other transport which is free is a guiding bus tour around the zoo. I would strongly recommend getting on the top floor of the double decker bus for a better view. This bus is not only a quick way to get round the zoo but also there is guide on board who points out the areas of interest and gives intersting facts about the animals you can see.
The zoo transport system is simply excellant, with constant cable cars and buses every few minutes. Also this transport does not at all ruin it for those who walk round the zoo as the routes for pedestrians and the buses are different. Not everything can be viewed from the bus, so if you want to see everything you must walk a bit.
Some of the walking areas are above ground level on high walkways through trees and various animal territories, which also provide excellant views. The methods round the zoo are all varied and provide a different experiance and view each way and would strongly recommend them all. You could easily spend a whole day here exploring, or you could do it in a couple of hours using the buses, it depends how much of an in depth experiance you want. This makes this zoo excellant for all ages as those who are elderly or have young children can still see the whole zoo without getting tired and can view it all while sat down. Or for those who are fit truly can see it all while walking.
The animals in the zoo are all you expect as well as some rare species which add to the experiance. Some of the more suprising additions I found were: Hippos, polar bears and the best of all were the panda dens. I have been to Beijing zoo and seen pandas there but this was a much better experience. As you can literally get a couple of feet away from the pandas, and because they are not a dangerous animal only a small fence is between you and them. San Diego is known as maybe the best Panda breeding zoo outside China, and when i was there i was lucky enough to see a week old panda cub which was born in there. Amazing, especially the proximity in which you can get to these amazing animals.
All in all an amazing zoo and if your on the west coast it is a must see.
Is this te best zoo in the world? In a word NO.
However this is certainly the most intriguing zoo i have ever been to.
The complete lack of security and animal care that seemed to be in place was bewildering. For example the lions and tigers in a pit with only small barrier around them. Children were climbing over the barrier and dangling into the pit. This got me extremeley worried about the fact one slip could then lead to them getting eaten. It was deeply worrying. Because of this format, people were also throwing the animals food and rubbish into the animal pens. There were no signs or workers to discourage this. Also polar bears in the blistering sun with no apparent water source or way for them to cool off, they looked ill and distressed. Im not saying there was any animal cruelty; it just seemed to me that compared to other zoos they made little effort to make the animals enovironments neither safe nor conmforting for the animals. The only animal they seemed to make any efforts for were the pandas which were behind 6ft thick glass. They obviously cared about the well being of the pandas above all other animals with the precautions that people could get no where near them.
The best attaction of the Zoo was the aquarium which was excellant, with dolphins, seals, and all manor of fish. This was the only advanced, american like attraction there. The dolphin shows were well carried out and the tricks impressive.
So all in all a very different zoo to the ones im used to in England. Very different and probably worth a visit just to see the differene.
When i first heard a table tennis game was headed for the 360 i wasn't interested at all. When heard rockstar were doing it i became a little more intrigued. Rockstar are most well known for the Grand Theft Auto series. This game couldnt be any more different.
I bought it all the same as it was budget title so fairly cheap.
The first thing i noticed was that the graphics are simply incredible. The best of its time. The player movements are simply sensational. From facial expressions, to the way their shirts waft as they take their shots. Or the shadow of the ball as it flies accross the table. The graphics are great, especially for a table tennis game.
The gameplay is also actually suprisingly good. Its more complex and in depth than you first think. Each coloured face button controls a different type of spin. Top spin, backspin, left spin and right spin. You have to choose your spin and also plae your shot, different spin for different cirmumstances, for example counter spin on an opponents shot. Its fairly addictive The best part is when a rally can last hundreds of shots which becomes really intense as the lights dumb down and the play speeds up to a ridiculous degree. It can be really fun.
As for lifespan im not so sure. There is plenty to master to keep you keen, but i found once i completed the tournaments the only thing that kept me coming back was xbox live. Which is good playing 1v1 or in tournaments accross the net gives you a feeling of achivement. However lag can be patchy at best and i feel its more fun playing 1v1 local on one xbox.
So all in all a great table tennis game, but theres only so far table tennis can go.
Wii sports comes as standard with all new wii consoles.
Its a compilation of several sporting games which are boxing, bowling, golf, baseball and tennis.
The games are fairly basic with quite a short lifespan, however they are not designed for longevity they are made and given with the wii console to get people accustomed to the wii remote. This is because the wii is different to every other console relying not on buttons and thumsticks but with movements of the body. These set of games are to show and teach people the basics of the new console.
Saying this these games are fun enough.I still find myself coming back to play the occasional game of golf.
In the games you use your wii characters which you create for your wii. The graphics are fairly basic taking a cartoon approach as with most wii games.
All of the games are fairly fun, but my personal favourite is the golf. Which provides you with a varied 9 hole course. Its my favourite as it is in my opinion the funnest and takes the most skill. Talking to most people their favourite is the tennis, which takes doubles format. Boxing requires both remotes to be moved in boxing motion. Baseball you take it in turns batting and pitching. Ten pin bowling is simple enough. All the games are controlled by using similar motions to that of the real sport.
All the games you can have 2 players; and bowling and golf can have you and 3 friends playing at once.
This game is a good varied introduction to the world of wii and for free you cant really complain.
Once again im not quite sure why the title for this is in german. Anyway i believe it is the Forbidden City.
Located at the heart of Beijiing overlooking Tianamum square, if you visit Beijing you cant help but visit this sight.
Beijiing has not always been the capital of China. A thousand or so years ago the emperour of china ordered Beijiing to be built as the new capital. The Forbidden City was the first thing to be built, it is and always has been the heart of Beijiing.
Its basically an old chinese city surrounded by high walls.
When you enter the city you, enter below the gate house under the picture of chairman Mau, into a massive courtyard, then through another gatehouse into another courtyard, then through a final gatehouse into the city itself. It is a maze of old buildings, beautifully decorated with ancient artifacts inside. You could easily spend a whole day exploring, the city is huge. It takes about 20 miuntes to walk in a straight line down the main street, so you can imagine how long exploring all the other streets would take. It really is massive. As Beijiing began to expand, this original city became for the emperour and his family only, generating its name the forbidden city, he lived here with his many wives, which is why it became so highly decorated and contains so much gold and other items. Its beautiful and definatley worth a visit and an explore. Once again it is cheap only a the equivalent to about £1 i think to enter, and again there is the problem of people trying to sell you stuff, but that is the only gripe i can think of.
First of all i presume the name SommerPalast is referring to the Beijiing Summer Palce (as pictured).
On my first day when i flew into Beijiing, this was the first place i was taken to. Having seen nothing else of the city so far, i arrived not knowing what to expect. I was stunned.
The summer palace was believe it or not where the leaders and royalty of china traditionally spend the summer. You can definatley see why. A huge beautiful lake surrounded by an array of traditional chinese buildings. I'm not too sure of the history of this place.
The first thing you notice is the amazing scenery with the temple on one side of the lake (as in the picture). Its truly incredible. There are a couple of ways to travel round the lake. I wanted to experience it to its fullest so walked the full circle, going through the variety of museams and shows available throughout the tradtional buildings which were beautiful and entertaining. The walkway around the lake is decorated and pleasent. For those who dont wish to walk the entire distance boats accross the lake are available and are ridulously cheap, i think it worked out about 20pence per person.
My only critism is the locals. We were constantly bothered to buy postcards and other things. However this is the same for most tourist destinations in China. After a few days there you develop the ability to completely ignore them and then the dont bother you.
Anyway well worth a visit to this beautiful summer palace based around wonerful natural and hand made scenery.
I visited Lantau while staying in Hong Kong. I got on the metro line at Nathan street and got a direct metro train straight to Lantau. The public transport is excellant. Lantau is located a fair distance away so it took roughly 30 minutes.
There was only one reason i ventured to Lantau, and that was the Po-lin monastary and the Bronze Buddha. I saw nothing of the town except for getting off the train and onto a bus to the monastary high in the mountains. I'm not sure what else is in Lantau so i wouldnt know to recommend to stay there, but from what i saw i would definatley recommend a visit.
I arrived at the monastary high in the clouds and could barely see 10ft in front of me. We were that high in the clouds. I began to climb the several hundered steps up to the largest outdoor bronze buddha in the world and i couldnt even see it. However when i reached the top, the clouds cleared for about 30 seconds to reveal this massive wonderful monument and a fantastic view off the mountain. The trip was worth it just for this alone. I would strongly advise a short day visit to Lantau however im not sure what else there is to do in Lantau, i would advise it as a day trip from Hong Kong
I travelled to Hong Kong for the first time last summer and chose the Holiday Inn golden mile. As can be seen by my some of my other reviews i trust the holiday inn brand very much. My loyalty continued after my visit here.
The first thing and maybe most important aspect of the hotel is its location. It is right in the middle of the famous Nathan Street (Golden mile). Surronded by the most presegiuos shops in Hong Kong. Its location really is sensational. Connected to a shopping centre at the base of the hotel which leads directly onto the main street. A literal 15 second walk to the nearest underground station and less than a minute walk to the ferry port which leads directly to Hong Kong island. Both methods of transport will become extremely familiar to you if you stay here. The hotel is located on the mainland in Kowloon where the attractions of Hong Kong are really split 50/50 between Hong Kong island and the mainland so the location is ideal. The public transport in Hong Kong is of the greatest quality i have ever seen in the world. Metro trains every 3 minutes on the dot, you'll be able to access anywhere withing reasonable time. Also some attractions are within walking distance of the hotel, the location is that good. Hong Kong is such a friendly city you wont be afraid to travel anywhere.
I believe the hotel is 4 stars. Which seems about right. Now onto the facilities. The rooms are spacious and the usual helpings of World TV channels. King Sized Bed, the rooms have everything you want. The hotels swimming pool is located on the roof, which seemed perfectly fine on inspection however i lacked the time to actually use it. Hong Kong is such a diverse city i was too busy exploring.
The breakfasts here were simply sensational. A massive buffet arrangement featuring not only traditional chinese breakfast but also everything you could possibly want. English fry up, waffles, you name. Theres also chefs at hand to cook anything to order. Simply the finest breakfast in a hotel ive ever had..... and ive had alot.
The price of this hotel was reasonable at about £100 a night which was much cheaper than surrounding hotels which were £500+.
I strongly advise a visit to Hong Kong and strongly advise to stay in this hotel. Excellant facilities, excellant location, excellant value.
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Xbox.com is the not suprisingly the official site for Xbox; the console branch of the microsoft organisation. Very little of the site is dedicated to the original xbox and 99.99% now focused on the microsoft xbox 360 but the original xbox site been converted into this.
I believe this is an essential site for all xbox 360 owners expecially for those who have xbox live.
Firstly it contains feautures on all the most recent xbox news including new game previews, new download content and more. With helpful links to other sites and where to purchase your xbox needs.
One of the most unique and useful features is the ability to link your hotmail/msn account with your xbox live gamertag which means when using either your PC or your xbox you communicate with both sets of friends lists on msn and xbox live. Very handy in deed for keeping in touch and seeing what your friends are up to.
The reason this site does not gain a full 5/5 review is the fact it lacks any reviews of xbox games. I can kind of see why, it being the official site, they would be biased and general in their reviews. I just find it annoying having to look elsewhere.
Higly recommended for xbox owners.
Bungie have only released a few games and the only one anyone has ever heard of is the halo trilogy. This is for Halo fans only really, i dont think it would interest many other people (if you dont know what halo is please check out my halo 3 review). If you love Halo 3 chances are you've already checked this site out.
As a Halo 3 advocate, i find this site essential. Firstly you get daily updates of how the game is progressing in the news section and helpful advise and just articles fans may find interesting.
But the features i use mainly is the stats tracking feature of the site. Every single game you play over xbox live, its statistics and everything about that particular round is recorded to the site. It shows how good a player you really are. A recent addition to the site is heat mapping of your games which basically tracks where you get all your kills from and what weapons etc. This feauture and the site in general has helped me develop my game to an extremely high degree, allowing me to literally become one of the best players in the UK and has led me to win several tournaments.
I strongly advise this site to all halo gamers as it can improve them dramatically.
If there is one hotel chain I trust, its holiday inns.
I at the age of 20 have already been lucky enough to travel to many locations around the world. I've been to china serveral times, america many times, dubai, most of europe and many more locations. And i would say for 80% of my nights spent away I have stayed in holiday inns, and have rarely been dissapointed.
Holiday inns come in several forms, from the basic holiday inn express, to holiday inns, to garden courts, to crowne plazas all the way up to the elite intercontinentals. They are all part of the holiday inn family. And whichever catergory the hotel falls into you know what your going to get.
Express is fairly basic, average rooms, basic facilites, minimul breakfast...... but then again thats what you pay for. I often use these for quick stop overs. They are tidy enough and do the job just fine. The best thing about these is the price. I've paid as little as £20 to stay a night in these. If your lucky they may even have a swimming pool and basic gym.
Your Holidy inns are more upmarket, looking around the 3-4 star range. These are the basis of the holiday inn empire. They're great. Reasonable prices, nice rooms, good facilites as the majority have pools and more. Rooms usually contain comfoy double beds. The breakfasts are usually excellant. With lots on offer, from basic continental to cooked fry ups. They are usually served in a buffet format. Everything is fresh and it never dissapoints. I usually pay £50-80 a night at these.
Now on to my personal favourite. The crowne plazas. These truly are some of the best hotels i've stayed in. Usually 4 or 5 stars they're great. Rooms are a very generous size. King size beds as standard. Great room facilities, cable TV etc. My favourite feature of these is usually the pool. They rarely have a standard pool, its normally innovative well decorated and usually suprising. They always impress me. Now onto the breakfasts for crowne plazas. They are the BEST. Money could'nt buy finer breakfasts. Again in the buffet format and also they have chefs on hand to cook whatever you want. Eggs, pancakes.... you name it. Its more like a 3 course meal than a breakfast. Many a time have i easily spent an hour eating breakfast. There that good. Prices can be steep for crowne plazas sometime £100+. But its well worth it.
I have little experience with the intercontinentals so cant really comment. They are i think all 5 star and are the best of the best.
Holiday inn also provide resort facilities but i've yet to stay in one of these, but i will update as soon as i have.
Have i ever had a bad nights stay??? erm yes once, at the holiday inn niagra falls, where there was construction on the site and rennovation going on, so it was loud and not clean. However i emailed holiday inn about this and they simply refunded me. There great customer service kept me a loyal customer.
So i strongly advise the holiday inn brand and company. They provide a great nights stay no matter what the occasion. You get what you pay for so choose the type of holiday inn you require. They are great value and i truly advise.
Mario striker charged football, as the name suggests is a football game....... of sorts. It is not a conventional 11v11 football sim, it is very much an arcade game. It plays 6v6 each team having 4 chosen types of player, a goal keeper and a mario character. you can choose between all the conventional characters: mario, luigi, bowser, peach and the rest
As a lover of the pro evolution soccer series of games i presumed i would hate this game. I'm happy to say i dont. This is a great game. Its easy enough to pick up and play but with enough depth and extra skill and controlls so you keep on learning and keeps the verterens of the game playing and improving.
The graphics are pretty good for a wii game. The controls feel simple and nice to use, using both the remote and nunchuck to great effect. The single player is ok going through various cups, will last you hours. However this game is at its most fun when playing against a friend. It only allows 1v1 but that is probaly for the best with each player switching between all 6 players.
This is a fun game for all ages, wheter football fans or not all will enjoy this fun game.
Dead rising is 3rd person arcade style game from capcom. Which is similar to the concept of the film dawn of the dead (capcom have actually been sued by the film makers). Basically it sees the lead character; a photographer stuck in a shopping mall full of zombies and having to save other survivers and stay alive.
When i heard the concept of this game before its release i thought this would be an incredible game. Stuck in a mall fighting thousnads of zombies sounded really cool. When i actually played this game i was severly dissapointed.
I noticed alot of other reviews here giving this game 5/5 i cant help but strongly disagree. This would be a great game to rent, but i would not advise buying it. I thouroghly enjoyed the first 30 minutes of play, hacking my way through wave after wave of zombies using whatever i could find. I found it hilarious and fun using appliances ranging from lawnmowers to sporting equiptment to decapitate and mutilate zombies. After this period i began to tire of the game as it is very much a hack and slash game, that is that it is mainly just pushing one button the whole time. Which got old fast.
The graphics are good, gameplay is fun at first. The only thing that lets this game down is its lifespan which drags its score down significantly.
Gears of war..... wow what a game.
When I first bought this game over a year ago now it was just after i purchased a HDTV, i hooked it up and the first word that came to my mouth was WOW.
I'll start with a little bit of background to the game. Its set in the not too distant future, where mankind is on the brink of annihilation. Some creatures which supposedly live under the earths crust emerge plunging the world into full out war between mankind and these aliens called locusts. And the story of the game is mankinds struggle to relclaim the world. It is a 3rd person shooting game.
The most notible thing at first is the graphics. They are amazing. Beautiful scenery, amazing characters, the most impressive graphic display is when you sink a chainsaw into your foe and the blood drenches the screen, really making you feel invloved.
Yes you read that right.... chainsaws, attached to the end of your gun, it is probably the coolest feature of this game.
The single player experience, although fairly short is challenging and fun, also allowing you to play it split screen it adds to the fun.
Where this game really comes alive is Xbox live multiplayer. This game held the number one spot of most online played game for over a year before halo 3 knocked it off the top spot. Multiplayer pits 4v4 in a straight 1 life deathmatch. Thrilling and great fun.
This is a great game..... bring on Gears of war 2 in october. If you cant wait then definatley buy this.