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Describe a place you visited on vacation and would like to recommend to others
You should say ：
Where it is ？
When you went there？
What you did there
And explain why you would like to recommend it to others？
I would like to talk about Xizhou, a small town in Dali, Yunnan. I went there just a couple of weeks ago. Most people are drawn to Dali by its two signature attractions, Mountain Cangshan and Lake Erhai. And Xizhou is this tiny little town/village at the foot of the mountain and by the lake in the relatively less visited northwest. It’s got beautiful idyllic landscapes and is famous for its rich culture of the Bai ethnic minority. And it is my favorite place to visit in Dali.
It was actually the fourth time I visited Xizhou, it was totally an unplanned trip, at the time, me and wife were at the airport in Chengdu, ready to board a plane back home to Beijing. Somehow, because of the pandemic travel restrictions in Beijing, our plane got canceled at the last minute, we were told we were not able to go to Beijing anytime soon. Well, we had to go somewhere, like somewhere without covid. And we thought of Xizhou almost at the same time.
I’m glad we made that decision, we stayed in Xizhou for about 2 weeks, mostly it offered us a much needed break/escape/vacation from this on going pandemic in the past few years. In Xizhou, We didn’t feel like we had to rush anything, like going to a whole lot of interesting places and stuff. We tried to live like the locals, we spent our mornings roaming its daily morning produce market, and our afternoons sipping coffee in this boutique cafe that’s built right in the middle of a wheat paddy out in the open, basking in Xizhou’s mild sun while appreciating breathtaking mountain and lake views afar.
It was just beautiful life, and the whole time we were thinking “This is where we’d like to be when we retire.” For anyone who’s bored of hectic city life, of hustling everyday at work, I’d recommend them check out Xizhou, it can be a very healing experience.
be drawn to 被吸引到
ethnic minority 少数民族
signature attraction 标志性景点
pandemic travel restrictions 疫情下的旅行限制
bask in 沐浴（阳光）
wheat paddy 麦田
boutique cafe 精品咖啡店
1. On what occasions do people usually need to wait?
People need to wait on a lot of occasions when they go about their everyday activities. Off the top of my head, when you go see a doctor, you often need to wait for some time even if you have an appointment, you’d also probably feel anxious waiting for a diagnosis. Another place where people often need to wait is the airport, you need to arrive at the airport often 2 hours in advance, it’s often quite a wait before you can board the plane, and you know how often flights are delayed, and the wait can be hours.
2. Who behave better when waiting, children or adults?
I think when waiting most adults behave well. Adults are mature, they follow rules, when there’s nothing they can do about the waiting, adults find other things to occupy themselves, like reading a book, playing on their phone quietly to kill time.
While children don’t have self control, and they hate waiting for things. If you make them wait for too long to get what they want, they often throw a tantrum, they cry and scream at the top of their lungs to demand that their needs be immediately satisfied. It’s often mission impossible to keep them waiting.
3. Compared to the past, are people less patient now? Why?
Well, I think it is true. I mean, modern day life is fast paced, efficiency is everything and technologies make it very easy for people to get what they want, and get it quickly. It’s counterintuitive to tell people to take things slowly, to wait for good things to happen. Most people instinctively give up on things that take longer to happen but good things take time to happen.
Like in school, in order get good grades, students have to spend hundreds of hours studying, doing research, but few students have that patience, so they say education doesn’t help. The idea of getting get rich and famous overnight by becoming like an influencer on social media or a rapper is just more appealing than waiting for your education to pay off in the future.
4. What are the positive and negative effects of waiting on society?
Well, the positive effect of waiting is, like now we are all waiting for the pandemic to end. We are waiting for things to get back to normal, we are waiting for a silver lining. People are now constrained in their homes, we avoid going out to help with virus control, we need everybody to be patient waiting so we can win this battle against Covid. But all this waiting has taken a huge toll on society, many people have lost their jobs, their financial pressure is terrifying, like not being able to provide, not being able to pay mortgage… our economy has suffered a lot, the loss is immeasurable.
go about everyday activities （进行）日常活动
off the top of my head 不假思索想到的是；立刻就想到的是
throw a tantrum 发脾气
at top of sb’s lungs 以最大的声音
pay off 回报
a silver lining 希望，好转的迹象
take a toll on 对造成损害