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!

First broadcast:
4 November 2010

Students need to work in pairs to practise how to communicate with each other in Chinese while using the same language structure as the clip. Structure the conversation around phrases that include "how do I buy a ticket?", "how much is the ticket?" and "do you want the soft seats or hard seats?" The teacher can ask students to practise numbers in Chinese when they talk about the cost of the ticket.