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South Africa countdown: Cats and elephants (oh, my)

South Africa countdown: Cats and elephants (oh, my)

As the countdown continues to the opening World Cup match in Johannesburg, South Africa, on June 11, soccer travelers seeking critter contact have a lot to sort out.

Much of the best game viewing is in Kruger National Park and other spots relatively distant from the 10 stadiums that are staging matches. But there are a lot of easily accessible places to see animals too.  Some are an easy day trip from Johannesburg (which has two World Cup stadiums) or Cape Town (which has one).

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6 new fascinating architectures around the world

Today, architecture has changed significantly; no longer is a building a simple structure on the urban landscape; it now has something that makes it stand out: texture. Gone are the days when people only waited for the tallest building. Architecture continues to challenge its boundaries, giving us new types of structures that are appealing inside and out. Here are some of the most interesting structures-or wonders-of the world.

Guangzhou TV Tower in Guangzhou, China

6 new fascinating architectures around the world

What makes this structure most interesting is that unlike many other wonderful structures in the world, this has the features of a woman. This makes it known as the twisted lady, or the supermodel. Two thousand feet high, it is certainly an imposing structure. At the “waist” part (560 feet off the ground), a staircase replaces floors and walls, so that visitors can see the texture of the structure. Inside it are also a couple of rotating restaurants where you can dine with a view, several shops, as well as a movie theatre. If you plan to visit and stay nearby, the Grand Hyatt in Guangzhou is a 23-story hotel in the central business district. It costs around $175 to $230 for a stay for two.

Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa

6 new fascinating architectures around the world

In a city where soccer is sacred, it is but natural to expect a stadium that reflects the citys sport. 2010 is the year that an African nation will host the tourney, so Architect Bob van Bebber thought it only right to create a huge, ninety-four-thousand-seater stadium where fans from all over the world can come together. Its interesting design is actually based on a calabash-something that has been turned into a beer stein, a musical instrument, and even a motorcycle helmet. This gourd can be found all over the continent, and its versatility in use speaks much of the unity-amidst-diversity theme. Outside, its earth colors are set into fire by lights. This makes for an amazing place where people off all ages and cultures can come together, relax and share their stories with each other. But it is not just meant for this particular event, as the stadium serves as a symbol, and hope, for the future.
For a brief stay, Athol Place is a quaint ten-room hotel whose gardens are blooming beautifully with purple jacarandas in spring. A suite costs around $320 to $450. Wandies serves a buffet of salads, muttons and dumplings, and their entrees cost $6 to $11.

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