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L5T1K - World cities
In this lesson, you're going to learn about the city of Hong Kong.
Task One: Listen to TV presenter Kelly Wells talking about the city. Choose the best words to complete the sentences.
1. What’s the population of the city?
2. How far is it from Bangkok?
3. How do people travel around the city?
Subway and walking
Car, bike and scooter
Rail, bus and taxi
4. What famous food comes from there?
Dumplings and sweet tea
Duck pancakes and fruit juice
Roast goose and egg tarts
5. What is the city’s historical importance?
It has been controlled by the French, the USA, and the Chinese.
It has been controlled by the Dutch, the Koreans, and the Chinese.
It has been controlled by the British, the Japanese, and the Chinese.
6. What problems does the city face?
Air and water pollution
High rent and food prices
High unemployment and flooding
Task Two: Watch the video and practise saying the words.
Task Three: Write the words under the pictures.
Task Four: Lisa Cooper is a popular travel blogger. Read her blog about Hong Kong.
Hong Kong: Where East Mixes with West!
Hong Kong truly is a world city! It has so much history and seems to be a magnet for people from all around the world. It has some truly amazing things to see and do there. One of these is the Symphony of Light. It’s the world’s largest permanent light and sound show. It involves 44 skyscrapers on both sides of the Victoria Harbour lighting up in time to music.
Another cool place is the monastery and Big Buddha on Lantau Island. It has some very picturesque fishing villages and a famous Buddhist monastery which is home to one of the biggest outdoor Buddha images in the world. It’s a perfect retreat from the noise and fast pace of Hong Kong.
The Central Mid-Levels escalator is another great attraction. At over 800 metres long, it’s the longest outdoor escalator in the world and rises 135 metres from bottom to top. The escalator runs through the hectic Central district, full of stylish restaurants and small shops. It really is a memorable ride.
The Star Ferry is a Hong Kong institution. It’s an eight-minute trip across Victoria Bay by a ferry service that is over 150 years old. Twelve ferries go back and forth across the bay, carrying over 70,000 passengers every day. That’s an incredible 26 million per year! It’s a very romantic journey and an incredible experience.
Kowloon Park is the best-known park in Hong Kong. It’s right in the centre of the city. It has a beautifully designed aviary for birds and a pond which is crowded with pink flamingoes. It’s popular with both tourists and also locals, who go to the park to practise Tai Chi.
Task Five: Choose the best word or words to complete each sentence.
1. There are _____ skyscrapers in the Symphony of Light.
2. The Central Mid-Levels escalator is more than _____ metres long.
3. The Central Mid-Levels escalator runs past many _____ shops.
4. The ferry trip takes _____ minutes.
5. The ferry service carries _____ passengers per year.
6. Kowloon park is in the north of the city.
Task Six: Sam is asking Jennifer about the city. Choose the best answers for Jennifer.
Sam: What country is Hong Kong part of?
It’s part of China.
There are many parts of it around the bay.
It's part of Asia.
Sam: Do you know anyone who lives there?
Yes, my aunt and uncle live there.
I went there with my family two years ago.
There are people from all over the world living there.
Sam: What’s the city like?
Most of the people like shopping and eating out.
People like to go there for tourism.
It’s exciting, but it’s very busy.
Sam: Do you think that it’s an expensive place to visit?
You can visit it at any time of the year.
I think that it’s quite expensive.
There are a lot of interesting places to visit.
Sam: Would you like to visit there?
Not really, because it’s too crowded.
Yes, I do. How did you go there?
That's right. What did you think of it?
Task Seven: Watch the video and answer the questions with your own ideas.
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