China tourists 中国游客

更新时间 2012年 10月 12日, 星期五 - 格林尼治标准时间14:49
Great wall of China

Visitors queueing on the Great Wall of China

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10月为期8天的公众假日结束后,数以百万计的人们在中国重返工作岗位。这个假期是人们外出旅行和消费的时期。然而这次长假特别令人关注的是在公路和主要旅游景点的堵塞情景。请听 BBC 记者 Viv Marsh 发回的报道:

They called it the "great queue of China", and it went viral on the internet. It was a photo showing a visitor on the Great Wall near Beijing last week, with the famous structure snaking to the horizon behind him completely hidden by a mass of other tourists. The vast imperial palace, the Forbidden City, at one point welcomed more than a hundred-and-eighty-thousand visitors in a single day.

In the desert at Dunhuang, at least two camels transporting tourists reportedly died from overwork. And Chinese media said road traffic was up by thirteen per cent on last year, causing unprecedented jams. Many people in China don't take their leave entitlement because regulations aren't properly enforced: they save their travelling for the two big annual public holidays - the other is at Chinese New Year. Then, it seems as if the whole country has shut down and everyone is on the road or on the train.

There've been renewed appeals for a third public holiday, in May, to be lengthened to spread the strain. And a commentary by Xinhua news agency went further, calling for a proper system of paid leave. It said that as Chinese people's living standards improved, public holidays were no longer enough to fulfil their needs.

Quiz 听力测验

What is the name of the famous palace in Beijing’s city centre?

The Forbidden City.

What kind of animals died from overwork as mentioned in the report?

Camels.

How many big public holidays are there in China?

Two big holidays in October and Chinese New Year.

What is the reported increase in road traffic when compared to previous year?

Up by 13 percent.

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