1. What is the difference between big cities and small cities?
Well, I think there are truly a lot of differences between them. The first thing comes to my mind is population. Usually, in China, we define the scale of cities based on the population. Big cities usually refer to those that have over one million residents and small cities usually have less than tens of thousands of people. Another factor defining the two kinds of cities I think is the area differences. Big cities always cover a large space with several districts and affiliated counties. While small cities only cover several square kilometers or a dozen ones.
2. What is the difference between the north and south part of your country?
Well, in my opinion, the difference between them includes several factors, and the dialect is definitely the most obvious one. People in the different provinces in the north speak a different accent, but on the whole, everyone could understand each other because it is more like the difference of intonation. In the contrast, it is hard for people in different south provinces to understand each other’s dialect. It is both different intonation and pronunciation. Also, the weather in the north and south is quite different. The temperature of the north in the winter is always below 0 degree Celsius with regular snows, while that of the south is always above 0 degree Celsius.
3. What is the difference between people living in the city and people living in the countryside?
Well, honestly there are a lot of differences. First, different accommodation. People living in the city always live in small flats because the house price is so high and cities are always crowded with people. While people living in the countryside usually live in houses because there is a large space and it is not so expensive to build up houses there. Another difference I think is the social network. People in cities always go to work every day and they spend a lot of time with their colleagues and schoolmates. While people in the countryside always spend more time with their neighbors.
4. What makes one country different from others?
In my opinion, it is definitely its people. Take myself as an example, whenever the name of a country comes to me, I always remember its people with a big smile. When we talk about Japan, I remember Japanese wearing kimono; when talking about the UK, it is British people celebrating Christmas and waiting for saint Claus. Also, the country image is mainly dependent on its people. How people behave in other countries and foreigner’s impression on the native people large decides the national image and distinguishes one country from another.
5. Do you like living in big cities or small ones?
For me, big cities suit me more. I was born and raised in a big city, all my family, friends and schoolmates live in big cities. So, this is where I could be connected with others and where I build up my social contacts. Besides, with social and economic development, big cities could provide better infrastructure, education, health, resources and others, and more importantly, it is easier for people to find a job and opportunities in big cities. When I graduate and try to find job to earn my own life, I prefer big cities for better prospects.