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Thursday Shanghai 2013 EW DAILY NEWS 13 Singapore attractions By Ellen Stodola, EyeWorld Staff Writer Singapore Flyer 30 Raffles Ave. +65 6854 5200 www.singaporeflyer.com S ingapore has a wealth of attractions for visitors to see and experience. These include Universal Studios Singapore, Singapore Zoo, Night Safari Singapore, and the Singapore Flyer, a Ferris wheel similar to the London Eye. The Asia-Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons is holding an exciting evening event to attend as well. Below are more details, including information about the meeting's social night at Gardens by the Bay. Universal Studios Singapore 11 Sentosa East Mall +65 6577 8888 www.rwsentosa.com/Homepage/ ThingsToDo/UniversalStudiosSingapore Billed as "Asia's Ultimate Destination," Universal Studios Singapore features cutting-edge rides, shows, and attractions from popular movies and television series. These include: TRANSFORMERS The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle, Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON dueling coasters, Shrek 4-D Adventure, Madagascar: A Crate Adventure, Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure, and many others. The park features seven zones with specific themes for exploration, which cover areas around the world—and throughout history and imagination—such as Hollywood, New York, Sci-fi City, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, Far Far Away, and Madagascar. Night Safari Singapore Singapore Zoo The Night Safari in Singapore, adjacent to the Singapore Zoo, is the first nocturnal zoo in the world and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. It is open only at night. Visitors can see more than 2,500 animals in their natural nighttime environments. The safari features a guided tram ride across seven geographical zones, including the Himalayan Foothills and Asian Riverine Forest. Visitors also can experience the safari's walking trails, including the two giant aviaries where "Malayan flying foxes and giant flying squirrels can come right next to you," according to its website. The Singapore Zoo is a 26-hectares zoo featuring exhibits on Wild Africa, Australian Outback, Rainforest Kidzworld, Fragile Forest, Reptile Garden, and Primate Kingdom. Other exhibits give visitors the chance to see elephants of Asia, hamadryas baboons, proboscis monkeys, a white tiger, cat country, and polar bear. The zoo is located in the Mandai rainforest, extending into the Upper Seletar Reservoir. According to the zoo's website, more than 2,800 animals of 300 species of mammals, reptiles, and birds live there. 80 Mandai Lake Rd. +65 6269 3411 www.nightsafari.com.sg 80 Mandai Lake Rd. +65 6269 3411 www.zoo.com.sg Designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa, the Singapore Flyer is a giant Ferris wheel constructed in Singapore from 2005 to 2008. Views from the wheel top off at 165 m (or the height of a 42-storey building), making it the world's largest observation wheel. Visitors are treated to a "visual 360-degree feast of iconic and historical landmarks and views," according to the wheel's website. Those views include from the Marina Bay to the Singapore River, Raffles Place, Merlion Park, Empress Place, and the Padang. It provides unique night views of the city. In addition, it provides many firsts for visitors to experience in the country: video technology among Asia's first and finest, a 6-D motion ride, and Singapore's first real flight simulator. Congress Social Nite @ Gardens by the Bay 18 Marina Gardens Dr. Friday, 12 July 2013, 18:30-20hrs www.cvent.com/events/26th-apacrsannual-meeting/agenda969f5312d6094330a9c0f392766bb114.aspx The social night of the meeting, the Congress Social Nite @ Gardens by the Bay, will be held this year in the new sustainable paradise in the city's heart, the Gardens by the Bay. The location boasts pavilions, state-ofthe-art conservatories, and multistorey Supertrees that include a rooftop bar. The evening promises fun and relaxation in the beautiful gardens location. Entry for the event includes admission to the Flower Dome. For shuttle buses to Gardens by the Bay, go to the Suntec Singapore Lobby (The Big Picture) at 17:45hrs. Buses will leave for the location beginning at 18:00hrs. EWAP

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