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Speaker : 36
Gender : Female
IELTS Speaking Score : 6
IELTS Speaking Session: Part 3
  E-examiner S-student Play
(0:05 - 0:27)
E: Now I’m going to move on to part 3 of the speaking test. We’ve been talking about a place you would like to visit, and I’d like to discuss with you one or two more general questions related to this topic. Let’s start with the topic of traveling to less familiar places. What sort of advantages are there to reading about a country before you visit it?
(0:27 - 0:44)
S: {coughing} Culture, the cultures about the c, the cul, the country, especially the place you will go. They have some, maybe they have some special life, the local cultures you have to respect, and you have to {Um-hum} follow their rules. Thing like this.

(0:44 – 1:01)
E: Do you think most people read about a country before they visit it?
S: Yeah, I think so, because you can buy the tourist guide, like Lonely Planet, this kind of thing. You get information from this kind of book. {Um-hum} And, you, you do preparation for the, the travel. I think most of people do this.

(1:01 – 1:18)
E: Are there any disadvantages to preparing or visit like that?
S: Disadvantage, I think maybe probably they, they will get some wrong information from the, the magazine which, which is not be updated.{Em} Yeah.

(1:18 – 1:53)
E: Some people choose to have a guide when they go on an, go to an unf, unfamiliar place. Do you think this improves the quality of the experience?
S: I don’t think the, there is direct connection between the, the quality of the … and the, whether you read the book or not. I think the most important thing is you, you know what I, you really want to do during the, the travel. {Um-hum} You relax and meet people, communicate with people. Is more important than you just read a magazine.

(1:53 – 2:03)
E: So, it’s better to travel independently, or to go in a, to a group and have a guide?
S: Well, personally I prefer to have a guide.

(2:03 – 2:27)
E: Do most people prefer to have a guide or to travel independently?
S: Well, to most of Chinese people, we do not like to have a guide because it’s cost, it’s a big cost. And {Um-hum}, normally we do the, the preparation before we start the {Um-hum} journal. And but for internationals, I think I saw many internationals in Beijing. They have the personal guide with them.

(2:27 – 3:10)
E: When you travel to less familiar places, do you think you learn more from visiting important sites or from meeting local people?
S: I think I learn a lot from both. Of course, the, I think to visit the important site is… I just follow the instruction from the map and you, you know where the, how the intere, how the history like. And, and you, may, maybe you can get further understanding of, of the city, of the place. But if you communicate with local people, you know some, how they are think of the ordinary people. I think it’s interesting thing.

(3:10 – 3:31)
E: Let’s talk about tourism in general. Do you think the government should protect historical places of interest to encourage more tourists?
S: Yeah, I think so. Government should do this and it, it is important for the, to, to boost the local economic. {Uh-huh} Because they selling ticket. They are selling tickets.

(3:31 – 3:55)
E: Does the government protect places in China?
S: Yeah, we do. {Um-hum} The government, they have the, I think the government fund, something like this. And they collect from the part of the, the ticket revenue and {Um-hum}, certain proportion, and they, like, establish a fund and they put the fund to rebuild the wall, preserve the local, local history site.

(3:55 – 4:31)
E: Do you think there are any disadvantages of there being a lot of tourists visiting one place?
S: Well, for, ha… I think yeah, there are, there are, there must be some disadvantages, if a lot of people, for example, as the Forbidden City in Beijing {Uh-huh}. And during holidays, you cannot just see what you want in the Forbidden City, because there’re over-crowded. And you also follow the, the, the, the people and you just, you can’t, you cannot, you cannot have the deep understand of the, {Um-hum} {lip smacking} the site.

(4:31 – 4:53)
E: Do you think ancestors’ places, such as the Forbidden City, should be restricted?
S: Yes, and actually we, I think the, the, the committee of the, the, the Forbidden City have the, this kind of policy. The maximum visitor, the m, amount of visitor should be, maybe, ten thousand today, per day.

(4:53 – 4:58)
E: OK. Well, thank you. Time is up. That’s the end of the speaking test.

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