本次题库为大家带来雅思口语Part2&Part3部分2018年1-4月新题之地点类话题：重要的水域(Describe an important
river/lake/area of water in your
Describe an important river/lake/area of water in your country.
You should say:
How long it is
Where it is
What it looks like
And explain why it is important
Do people like this river in your country?
Do you like any water activities?
Is it necessary for everyone to learn swimming?
Do people in your country often go swimming in their spare time?
Speaking of an important river in my country, I would like to talk about the Yangtse river, the biggest and longest river in China, about 6,300 kilometers long.
The Yangtse River lies in the southern part of China. It stretches to 11 provinces and drains nearly one-fifth of the whole land areas in China.
Take out a map and give a quick glance at the Yangtse River, you will probably find that it looks just like any other river you could easily find on a map, the Nile or something. However, when you take a closer look at it, you won’t feel like it’s something that any other river can copy. I remember when I was 9, I took a boat trip with my parents to The Three Gorges, three adjacent gorges along the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, well known for its breathtaking sceneries. Well, it turned out what I saw there was stunningly beautiful. There was once a Chinese poet giving his compliments to The Three Gorges, vividly depicting its natural sceneries, saying ‘There are seamless mountains on both sides of the Three Gorges stretching more than 200 miles. The overlapping rocks make up layers of barriers that shield against sky and sunshine so that the sun can only be seen at noon and the moon will merely show at midnight.’
Speaking of its importance, The Yangtze River is an essential factor to the cultural origins of southern China. Human activity has been verified in the Three Gorges area as far back as 27,000 years ago, and by the 5th millennium BC, the lower Yangtze was a major population center occupied by the Hemudu and Majiabang cultures, both among the earliest cultivators of rice. The river also plays a large role in the economy of China. It is estimated that the prosperous Yangtze River Delta generates as much as 20% of China’s GDP. Additionally, Yangtze River’s flowing through a wide array of ecosystems has made it an important habitat to several endemic and endangered species including the Chinese alligator, the Yangtze River dolphin, and the Yangtze sturgeon.
For thousands of years, The Yangtze River has been used for irrigation, sanitation, transportation and industry. In this, you can see why Chinese people call it their ‘mother river’.