A selection of clips from Programme 8 of Real Chinese.
The Great Wall
In an attempt to improve its traffic infrastructure, Beijing has been widening new roads and building flyovers. But traffic jams are still a daily phenomenon. Luckily, you can get away from it all, because just to the north of the capital lies one stretch of the Great Wall, one of the country's most popular tourist sites. The Great Wall snakes its way 6000 km along the north of China. Built over 2000 years ago, it is a staggering feat of engineering and construction. This clip covers vocabulary for transport (bus, taxi, underground, bicycle), buying coach tickets, some prices and departure times.
The train is a convenient way of getting from place to place for commuters. For tourists, it gives them a chance to see China's fast-changing rural landscapes. There are many different types of tickets you can buy and the cost will vary according to the softness of seat! This clip covers useful vocabulary for train travel, including seat classes, buying tickets and departure times and saying that you are a tourist.
Chengde is well known for its Summer Palace, built by the Qing Dynasty Emperor Kangxi to escape the summer heat of Beijing. Equally famous are its Buddhist temples, where young lamas are trained to read Buddhist scriptures and perform rituals. Religion is a sensitive issue in China and is tightly controlled by the government; at the same time, it is being used to boost the local tourist trade. This clip shows travelling by taxi, addressing the driver and asking about journey prices.
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