Xiamen City, China
In this lesson, you are going to read a Part 2 topic and a sample answer to give you an idea how to organise your talk on this specific subject.
Spend 1 minute to plan so that you stay on the subject while talking.
Describe a city you have visited. (Heading)
You should say:
A city I have visited
How I felt:
I'm going to talk about a city I have visited, called Xiamen. It's located on the southeast coast of China and it's considered to be one of the cleanest cities in the country. It's also known for its mild climate and a relatively small population. I went there last year with a few of my friends.
The main reason why we chose Xiamen is because it's one of the most popular tourist destinations in China. The city has plenty of tourist attractions such as islands, temples, and parks.
We first headed to Gulangyu Island, which is only about a 5-minute ferry ride away from the shore.
We did a complete walk-around the island. Although, it isn't that big, you can easily get lost on the hills and alleys it has. Walking around the island is actually free of charge and anyone can go there.
On a side note, though, you have to pay an entrance fee to visit some of the historic buildings on the island. We did visit the Piano Museum, which exhibits a large number of ancient pianos that have been collected from European countries as well as the USA. The island itself is known as the piano island.
Another place we visited was Sunlight Rock Temple, which is near the Piano Museum. It is a Buddhist temple in Xiamen.
The backside of the island is well-known for its beaches. However, in China, they don't sunbathe like they do in the west. It's an incredibly peaceful island unlike the city where there are a lot of tourists walking around, taking photos. There are no cars and no motorbikes allowed on the island, so it's very quiet.
I think we made a good decision going there. The only thing I didn't quite enjoy was the hot and humid weather, but there was nothing I could do about it.
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