1. Are there more tall buildings than small flats in your country?
Well, I suppose it depends on the cities. For big metropolitan cities like Shanghai and the capital city, Beijing, there is indeed an increasing number of skyscrapers being built nowadays. Small apartments and buildings without elevators are being replaced by tall and modern constructions. However, for small towns and villages, I don’t think the number for high-rises is going up significantly. I guess the reasons are that, first, those places have fewer people and more land so it is unnecessary to construct buildings with lots of layers to save space; second, maybe people there cannot supporting new and tall building because of some technological and economic reasons.
2. Why do some people like to visit historical places?
I suppose there are certain groups of people who are enthusiastic about going to those places. The first group is students, who are likely to be eager to know more about the world. Also, visiting places in the past or going to historical exhibitions might help them get a higher score in some school subjects like history or geography. Another group of people who are probably passionate about paying a visit to ancient places is those senior citizens. On the one hand, it is a meaningful and effective way to kill time. On the other, some of them might be nostalgic, so going to those sites can just remind them of their wonderful past.
3. What can we do to stop visitors from damaging historical places?
Well, actually I believed there are a variety of methods we can take to prevent this kind of tragedies from happening again. First, we can have some punishments for those who deliberately do harm to those precious places. We may find them or force them to be volunteers to clean and protect the historical sites. Another practical way is that we can teach the student from very young age to have the awareness of protecting the places so once they have learned the importance,they would not do anything damaging to those valuable ancient attractions in the future.Generation by generation, those detrimental behaviors will be eradicated.
4. Do you think having too many tourists is a positive thing for historical attractions?
That is a really tough question because I know that every coin has two sides. However, in general, despite the fact that some immoral citizens would probably harm those places, I still believed that having more people visiting these places is a positive trend as long as they are properly educated. More visitors mean that citizens are attaching increasing importance to historical sites so they could be better-informed in terms of history. Also, tourism may bring financial benefits to the local economy so that more money could be spent to protect the places. So I suppose it is beneficial to both tourists and the places themselves.
5. Do you think having too many tourists is a positive thing for historical attractions?
I don’t think historical attractions should allow for too many tourists nowadays. The first reason is that these ancient sites are vulnerable and thus ought to be protected by local authorities with great care. Too much crowd increases the possibility of careless control of tourist behaviors, and subsequently the likelihood of causing damages to the relics. In addition, a less populated attraction adds comfort to tourists when they want to slow down their pace and take photos. In sum, I think the number of visitors should be restricted at historical places of interest.