1.Do you like indoor activities?
I think indoor activities are very interesting and I like them very much. I usually play cards with my friends at weekends.
2.Do you prefer outdoor or indoor activities?
I would prefer outdoor activities. In this way, I could breathe fresh air and get close to nature. I could make more friends.
3.What are the benefits of doing indoor activities?
I think if we have indoor activities, we don’t need to worry that the activities may be cancelled because of a bad weather. All we need to do is to book the place in advance.
Describe an event in history in your country
You should say:
Where it happened
When it happened
and how you feel about this event.
Well I guess everybody has heard about the story of Journey to the West. A monk named Xuanzang took three of his disciples to travel to the Western Regions to obtain Buddhist scriptures. They have suffered a lot on their way. Though the stories were made up, Xuanzang was a real figure in the history. He was a monk at Jingtu Temple in the early Tang Dynasty, which is about 1400 years from now. He felt that the Chinese translations of Buddhist scripture at that time were too poor, so he was determined to bring back the original Buddhist scriptures. He travelled a long distance to India. The journey took him a few years to complete. It was really a magnificent feat at that time. When Xuanzang finally arrived back in Chang’an, the emperor warmly welcomed him. The emperor provided money for his projects. A pagoda was built to store all the scriptures Xuanzang brought back from India. That pagoda is now the famous Big Wild Goose Pagoda located in Xi’an.
I think his story is quite inspiring. Also I feel I am so lucky to have been born in modern ages. Nowadays if I want to go to another country, I could take a plane. It only takes a day at most to go to any place in the world.
①How do people in your country learn about historical events?
China is a historical country. We can learn about its history from different ways. The most important and convenient way may be learning history in class. Our teacher will tell us what happened in history in time order. In this way we can have an overall impression of the historical events. If we are interested in particular historical period or historical events, we can also seek for information from the Internet or watch relevant TV programs. Another great way to learn about historical events is travel. We can pay a visit to the relics and have a more direct understanding of the history.
②Do people like to learn history?
Well, I think it depends. A lot of people like to learn history because they can learn lessons and gain experience from history. History often repeats. So if we look back, we can avoid making the same mistakes that our ancestors once made. Besides, people can gain power from history, to know how our ancestors overcame difficulties and became successful, to know how they defended our country and devoted their lives to noble courses. But there are also many people who do not like to learn history. They find the past experiences out dated and they believe the most important thing is to move forward.
③What kind of people can appear in history?
Well in each story there are good figures and there are also bad figures. I think it is also the case of history. Different kinds of people have appeared in history and been memorized for different reasons. Many of them are great politicians, like the First Qin Emperor — he united the country for the first time in history; Emperor Taizong of Tang Dynasty — under his reign, China became the most prosperous country in the would. There are also extraordinary scientists, artists, poets… They are remembered and praised to this day. But in history there are also historical figures who are despised by people, like Heshen who corrupted an amazing number of treasures.
④Should governments spend money on museums?
Well, in my opinion, government should spend money on museums if the place has many valuable cultural relics. Museum is actually a good place to go. People can learn about history through each piece of cultural relics exhibited there. I have once been to the Shaanxi History Museum. It is one of biggest museums in China. It is really eye opening to tour around the place. Besides, I think cultural relics can be better preserved in museums than in other places because they are under the protection of professionals. The temperature and moisture are all strictly controlled so that they would not decay. All these protections, however, can hardly maintain without the funds from the government.
⑤Do you think museums should be free?
Well, I think it depends. Generally speaking, it will do people good to visit museums. You know, they can learn more about history, how the society developed ect. So if the museums are free, more people can afford to visit the museum. But I also believe that the number of visitors should be restricted to a proper number so that the cultural relics will not be negatively influenced. If there are too many visitors, museums could charge admission fees to control the number of visitors. Museums could also use the money to conduct more research on relics. So it will be a win-win situation.