The Summer Palace in Beijing was built by the Qing emperors to escape the hustle and bustle of court life and was the venue used by the Dowager Empress Cixi for her lavish birthday celebrations. An imposing Buddhist temple overlooks a vast artificial lake, surrounded by elaborate pagodas and bridges. Little wonder that this idyllic place now draws hundreds of tourists and residents wishing to spend a leisurely day away from the city centre.
Ask students to describe an activity expressing the time in Chinese and learning how to hire a boat in Chinese.
For more advanced students, this could extend to renting a car or a bicycle.