2011年 11月 23日, 星期三 - 格林尼治标准时间12:14

Mecca or Manhattan? 麦加还是曼哈顿?

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文字稿

It's Islam's holiest site. Millions make the pilgrimage to the Grand Mosque every year.

The pace of high-rise development in the city has led some to compare modern-day Mecca to Manhattan.

But archaeologists are angry that ancient monuments are being destroyed so rich visitors can be accommodated in luxury hotels.

The Saudi authorities say the demolition is necessary to cope with the ever-growing number of visitors.

中文文字稿

伊斯兰教最神圣的地方。每年来这里大清真寺朝圣的信徒千千万万络绎不绝。

高层大楼的建筑速度之快不免让人们觉得如今的麦加城看上去类似纽约的曼哈顿。

令考古学家们感到气愤的是,古代纪念碑被推倒以便修建豪华酒店来满足大款游客。

沙特当局说,为满足日渐增长的游客人数需要采取推倒重建行动是必要的。

词汇

holiest: 最神圣的

pilgrimage: 朝圣

high-rise: 高层建筑

archaeologists: 考古学家

demolition: 毁坏,推倒

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1.
The Unesco inspectors will be looking at plans submitted by Peel Holdings for a development of __________ buildings including offices, shops and restaurants in the £5.5bn Liverpool Waters scheme, they will also examine how the city is managing the heritage site.

2.
The two people are believed to have been on their way to Mecca for the annual Hajj __________ when the fire broke out near Jeddah airport.

3.
The first Sikhs came to London a century ago and a new exhibition in the capital celebrates the Golden Temple, their __________ site.

4.
In Khan al-Ahmar, many homes are under __________ order, as is the primary school, set up with the help of an Italian charity two years ago.

5.
Bullets dating back to the English Civil War have been found in a field in Berkshire by __________.

答案

1.
The Unesco inspectors will be looking at plans submitted by Peel Holdings for a development of high-rise buildings including offices, shops and restaurants in the £5.5bn Liverpool Waters scheme, they will also examine how the city is managing the heritage site.

2.
The two people are believed to have been on their way to Mecca for the annual Hajj pilgrimage when the fire broke out near Jeddah airport.

3.
The first Sikhs came to London a century ago and a new exhibition in the capital celebrates the Golden Temple, their holiest site.

4.
In Khan al-Ahmar, many homes are under demolition order, as is the primary school, set up with the help of an Italian charity two years ago.

5.
Bullets dating back to the English Civil War have been found in a field in Berkshire by archaeologists.

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