湖北省 2016 届高三英语上学期第一次八校联考试题
考试时间： 2015 年 12 月 8 日下午 15:00-17:00 分钟 注意事项： 1. 本试卷分第一卷（选择题）和第二卷（非选择题）两部分。答卷前，考生务必将自 己的姓名、准考证号填写答题卡上，并将准考证号条形码粘贴在答题卡上的指定位置。 2. 选择题的作答： 每小题选出答案后， 用 2B 铅笔把答题卡上对应
题目的答案标号涂黑。 如需改动，用橡皮擦干净后，在选涂其他答案标号。写在试题卷、草稿纸和答题卡上的非答 题区域均无效。 3. 完成句子和短文写作题的作答：用 0.5mm 黑色签字笔直接答在答题卡上对应的答题 区域内。写在试题卷、草稿纸和答题卡上的非答题区域均无效。 4. 考试结束后，请将本试题卷和答题卡一并上交。 ★祝考试顺利★ 第 I 卷（选择题 共 100 分） 试卷满分 150 分 考试用时 120
第一部分：听力（共两节，满分 30 分） 第一节（共 5 小题;每小题 1.5 分，满分 7.5 分） 听下面 5 段对话。每段对话后有一个小题，从题中所给的 A、B、C 三个选项中选出最佳 选项,并标在试卷的相应位罝。听完每段对话后,你都有 10 秒钟的时间来回答有关小题和阅 读下一小题。每段对话仅读一遍。 例：How much is the shirt? A. ￡19.15. B. ￡9.15. 答案：B
1. What’s the probable relationship between the two speakers? A. Old classmates. B. Travelers in England. C. Tourist and guide. 2. How will the man send the machines? A. By ship. B. By air. C. By truck. 3. Where is the man going to plant the tree? A. By the front door. B. At the back of the garage. C. At the other end of the garden. 4. What does the man advise Alan to do? A. Go out to work. B. Listen carefully to John. C. Be calm and patient. 5. When is the man going home? A. In the evening. B. In the afternoon. C. At noon.
第二节(共 15 小短:每小题 1.5 分，满分 22.5 分) 听下面 5 段对话或独白。每段对话或独白后有几个小题，从题中所给的 A、B、C 三个选 项中选出最佳选项，并标在试卷的相应位置。听每段对话或独白前，你将有时间阅读各个小 题，每小题 5 秒钟:听完后，各小题将给出 5 秒钟的作答时间。每段对话或独白读两遍。 听第 6 段材料,回答第 6. 7 题。 6. Why does the man want to eat out? A. He wants to celebrate his birthday. B. He has won a big prize. C. He wants to have some relaxation. 7. Where will they have supper? A. At home. B. The place the man likes. C. The place the woman prefers. 听第 7 段材料，回答第 8 至 10 题。 8. Why is the man not certain of the job? A. His education is not enough. B. Others are more suitable than him. C. He does not have enough work experience. 9. According to the woman, what is important for work? A. The ability to put knowledge to practical use. B. Good knowledge with work experience. C. Strong will and hard work. 10. What is the man’s opinion about the interviewers? A. They have good experience. B. They are experts in the field. C. They are knowledgeable but proud. 听第 8 段材料，回答第 11 至 13 题。 11. What are the speakers mainly talking about? A. Buying books for their course. B. The money needed for the books. C. Sharing the books with each other. 12. Why does Dr. Downs want his students to have these five books? A. These books are not expensive. B. He wants his students to read more. C. He wants to discuss them in detail. 13. How does the woman plan to solve the problems about the books? A. She buys three and the man buys two. B. She pays the man fifty dollars for sharing. C. They will share the total amount for the books. 听第 9 段材料，回答第 14 至 16 题。 14. What subjects does the woman like to apply for next year? A. Economics. B. Engineering. C. Science.
15. What’s the purpose of the woman talking with the man? A. For a good record of her studies this year. B. For a recommendation of him. C. To get some advice about the recommendation. 16. What do the woman’s parents think of her idea? A. They think it is a good idea. B. They think it is a bad idea. C. They think it has nothing to do with them. 听第 10 段材料，回答第 17 至 20 题。 17. How many people took part in the swimming activity? A. About 300. B. About 3000. C. About 30,000. 18. Who organized the swimming activity? A. Local Authority. B. The Tourism Agency. C. The Sports Center. 19. Why did they organize the swimming activity? A. To make people more aware of environmental protection. B. To get ready for a swimming competition. C. To celebrate the Dragon-boat Festival. 20. What can we know from the 62-year-old swimmer? A. the river isn’t as clean as it was several years ago. B. the river was very clean when he was a child. C. he often goes swimming in the river. 第二部分 阅读理解（共 20 小题，每题 2 分，满分 40 分） 第一节 （共 15 小题；每小题 2 分，满分 30 分） 阅读下列短文，从每题所给的四个选项（A、B、C、和 D）中，选出最佳选项，并在答 题卡上将该项涂黑。 A We do not usually think about how our language works. Talking is such a natural, everyday activity that we do not often stop to consider how it actually works. When we do study our language, though, we are often surprised that we are able to understand our conversations. Words can mean so many different things. However, it turns out that the speaking situation helps a lot in making language work. First, the speaking situation helps make words more particular. For example, the word “dog” can describe a dog that a speaker saw in a dream. It can also be used to discuss a neighbor’s dog. No language has a separate word for the idea “dog that I saw yesterday” and another word for the idea “dog that I saw in a dream.” This is because the speaking situation makes it clear what speakers mean when they use words. So, when you have a conversation with your neighbor, the knowledge that you have a dog tells your neighbor what the word “dog” probably means in that situation. The speaking situation also helps make language clearer. For example, the word “bank” has two possible meanings. It can mean “a place where people keep money,”
but it can also mean “the side of a river.” So the sentence “I went to the bank” is not clear. It could mean I went to the side of the river or it could mean I went to the place where my money is kept. However, if the speaker is talking about fishing or going to the mountains, others probably know that “bank” means “the side of a river.” The things that speakers say may not always be clear. Sometimes the words are not very particular, but the speaking situation can provide the meaning. Other times words may have many meanings. Then the speaking situation limits the right meaning. This extra knowledge from the situation is very important to understand language. 21. The passage is mainly about _____. A. the best time and place to talk to others B. how speaking situation helps language work C. what to say in difficult situations D. how our language works 22. According to the passage, we can safely say that _____. A. a speaking situation does not affect the meaning of words B. speaking is not very natural for most people C. a speaking situation is not important D. people often do not consider how talking works 23. By using the example of the word “dog”, the writer wants to show that _____. A. a word may need to be explained in a conversation B. a word may have different meanings C. speaking situation helps people understand the particular meaning of a word D. the meaning of words is not particular
24. According to the passage, we can know the meaning of the word “bank” by
referring to _______. A. the time and the place where the conversation happens B. the occupation of the person who uses the word C. earlier or later parts of the conversation D. a reliable dictionary B I turned 16 on Friday, but the Driver’s License Office in my small hometown was only open on Tuesday, so I had to wait through that extremely long weekend and an endless Monday before going in for my examination. I came to the Driver’s License Office half an hour earlier that Tuesday morning, pacing back and forth on the worn porch waiting for the office to open at eight. I reviewed the driver’s manual for the hundredth time. I was ready. I knew the manual backward and forward; I had made an “A” in my driver’s training course, and I was a genius behind the wheel. Finally, the door opened and a weary-looking man in a brown uniform let me in. “Let me guess. You want to take the driver’s test.” his voice was not enthusiastic. “Yes!” I answered in excitement.
“Ok, fill this out, and if you pass we’ll go for a drive.” I grabbed the test and rushed to the desk where I filled it out in record time. A quick check showed that my paper was perfect. “Let’s get in the car.” He tossed me a set of keys, and I slid behind the wheel. Everything was going smoothly as we pulled out of the empty parking lot. I signaled a right hand turn, and we were on a deserted street. This was going to be easy. “Turn left and go up Young Blood Hill,” he ordered. My hometown is in the mountains, and Young Blood Hill was almost vertical. As I eased up the steep hill and came to a stop at the top, I heard the car’s engine die. My heart sank. I would have to start it again without rolling back down the hill. I swallowed hard and turned the key; as I moved my foot from the brake, the car began to roll. I suppose I could have rolled all the way back to the bottom except for one thing. There was something behind me which stopped my roll with a rough shake and crash of glass—a police car. The policeman wrote me a ticket as I looked over the damage, and the man from the Driver’s License Office slid behind the wheel. I waited until we had parked before I asked how long a person had to wait before taking the test again. 25. What time does “that Tuesday morning” in Paragraph 2 refer to? A. The morning when he made an “A” in his driver’s training course. B. The morning when he knew the driver’s manual perfectly well. C. The first Tuesday morning immediately after his16th birthday. D. The Tuesday morning right before his 16th birthday. 26. Why didn’t the car roll back to the bottom? A. The engine died. B. It hit a police car. C. The writer braked it hard. D. The man from the Driver’s License Office helped make it stop. 27. From the underlined sentence “I grabbed the test and rushed to the desk where I filled it out in record time”, we can know that ______ . A. the writer didn’t like the man from the Driver’s License Office. B. the writer was excited and eager to go for the driver’s test. C. time for the test was tight. D. the test paper was very easy. 28. What can we learn from the last paragraph? A. The man from the Driver’s License Office got a ticket. B. The policeman drove the car away after the accident. C. The writer failed the driving test. D. The writer didn’t want to take the driving test again. C NANJING, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou will shake hands in their historic meeting scheduled in Singapore on Saturday, head of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council said on Wednesday. The two-part meeting includes one session open to the media and another behind
closed doors, said Zhang Zhijun, who is also head of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, when interviewed at the Zijinshan Summit for Entrepreneurs across the Taiwan Strait. According to Zhang, Xi and Ma, as "leaders of the two sides" of the Taiwan Strait, will exchange views during the closed-door meeting. After the meeting, press conferences will be held by both sides. Later, the two leaders are expected to attend a dinner, said Zhang. Zhang said the meeting will lift cross-Strait communication to a new high. The landmark meeting is a breakthrough in face-to-face exchange and communication between the leaders across the Taiwan Strait after the relationship became strained following the events of 1949. Zhang said the meeting will improve mutual trust and allow for an exchange of opinions on handling the cross-Strait ties. In addition, the meeting will help strengthen the 1992 Consensus(共识), which was reached in talks between the two sides in 1992 and recognizes the one-China principle, and safeguards the peaceful development of cross-Strait ties, according to Zhang. Zhang added that the scheduled meeting will also benefit regional peace and stability. Also at Wednesday's summit, Chiang Pin-kung, former chairman of the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation, hailed the upcoming meeting between the two leaders as a milestone for cross-Strait ties. Chiang told the media that he believed the meeting will give a boost to the peaceful development of cross-Strait ties. 29. According to the article, the meeting of the two leaders will _____. A. be held at the Zijinshan Summit for Entrepreneurs across the Taiwan Strait B. be the first face-to-face communication between people across the Taiwan Strait C. improve mutual trust and benefit regional peace and development D. be all open to the media 30. Which of the following statements about the 1992 Consensus is not true? A. It was reached in 1992. B. It recognizes the one-China principle. C. It safeguards the peaceful development of cross-Strait ties. D. It is an agreement between China and Japan. 31. Which of the following can best substitute the word “hailed” in the last paragraph but one? A. sang high praise for B. was concerned about C. was impressed with D. got well prepared for 32. Which might be the right sequence of the following events? a. The two leaders shake hands in front of the media. b.The two leaders hold press conferences. c.The two leaders exchange views during the closed-door meeting. d.The two leaders have dinner together.
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Researchers found that women who had given birth might have a reduced risk of death from several common conditions than those who had not, according to a study released Friday by the Imperial College London (ICL). The study, led by ICL researchers, was published in the journal BMC Medicine. It investigates the association between the so-called reproductive factors -- such as having children and breastfeeding -- and a woman's risk of death. Researchers analyzed data from 322,972 women across 10 countries, including the UK, France, Germany and Sweden, with an average age of 50. Each woman was followed for an average of 12.9 years. During this period, there were 14,383 deaths overall, which included 5,938 deaths from cancer and 2,404 deaths from circulatory system diseases, according to the study. The team compared reproductive factors with risk of death from several common conditions, such as breast cancer, stroke and heart disease. The researchers found that women who had given birth had a 20 percent reduced risk of death than those who had not. It was also found that there was a reduced risk of death (eight percent) in women who had breastfed compared to those who did not. The risk of death from cancer was lower in those that had given birth compared to those that had not. Within this group, the risk was reduced even further in women that gave birth to two or three children in comparison to those who had only one child. "Hormonal mechanisms may explain the lower risk of death that we observed with breastfeeding, and having given birth, as these factors are associated with changes in hormone levels," said Dr Melissa Merritt from ICL, who led the study. 33. According to the passage, the risk of death from cancer is the lowest in women who _______. A. have given birth to no child. B. have given birth to one child. C. have given birth to more than one child. D. have breastfed. 34. According to the research, if a woman has given birth and breastfed, her risk of death will decrease by_____.
A. 20% B. 28% C. 12% D. 16% 35. Which of the following might be one of the findings of the research? A. Several common conditions lead to women’s death. B. Reproductive factors are associated with changes in hormone levels. C. Women who have given birth live longer than those who have not. D. Having children might reduce women’s risk of death from some diseases.
第二节 （共 5 小题，每小题 2 分，满分 10 分） 根据短文内容， 从短文后的选项中选出能填入空白处的最佳选项， 选项中有两项为多余 选项。 If you intend to work with this book seriously, I suggest that you give yourself every advantage by carefully following the laws of learning: Space your learning. 36 Each session may take one half hour to an hour and a half, depending on the amount of material and on your own speed of learning. Do one or two sessions at a time--three if you’re going strong and are all involved--and always decide when you stop and exactly when you will return. 37 Everyone learns at a different pace. Fast learners are no better than slow learners--it’s the end result that counts, not the time it takes you to finish. Review. When you start a new session, go back to the last exercise of the previous session, cover your answers, and see how much you remember. 38 Test yourself. You are not aiming for a grade, or putting your worth on the line, when you take the Comprehensive Tests. 39 You are deciding where repairs have to be made, and especially, you are experiencing a feeling of success at work that is well done. Use these tests, as well as the abundant drill exercises, as aids to learning. No one is perfect, no one learns in the exact same way or at the same speed as anyone else. 40 And then, give yourself every opportunity to exploit your actual, latent, and potential abilities. But most important of all, as I will remind you several times throughout this book, develop a schedule and stick to it! A. B. C. D. E. F. G. Do you have quick recall after a day, or you simply forget everything? This approach works better than any other method for learning words. On the contrary, you are discovering your weaknesses, if any. Every chapter of this book is divided into “sessions.” Real learning goes on only through active participation. Do not rush--go at your own comfortable speed. Find the optimum technique and speed for your unique learning patterns.
第三部分 英语知识运用 （共两节，满分 45） 第一节 完形填空（共 20 小题；每小题 1.5 分，满分 30 分） 阅读下面短文，从短文后各题所给的四个选项（A、B、C 和 D）中，选出可以填入空白 处的最佳选项，并在答题卡上将该项涂黑。 Personally I think trains are exciting and romantic. I must 41 that trains are not important means of transportation in the US, but I do have some 42 with them. When I was a child, growing up in a small town with very little 43 , we used to go to the station to watch the passenger trains coming in. There was something 44 about the steaming, roaring string of cars coming into view around the mountains, slowly growing larger and 45 and finally 46 crowds of strangers onto the platform. I took my 47 train trip when I was ten years old. I went with my elder sister to visit our cousins six hundred miles away. The train--so loud and violent on the outside--was 48 and rocking inside. We were very excited, and as that was also our first time away from our parents, we felt somewhat frightened too. However, because I had 49 so much, I was a little disappointed when I was finally one of the passengers I had 50 for so long. As a college student, I 51 ride overnight train to my roommate’s hometown. We could never afford a 52 , so we played cards, sang, ate, read and talked 53 we finally fell uncomfortably asleep in the straight-backed seats. My idea that trains are 54 may come from the fact that my husband and I took the train on our honeymoon, spending extra money to eat in the dining car, and 55 the window as the desert scenery slid past. Now, when I make a trip, I always fly or drive, and 56 are not a very important part of my life. 57 , every time I hear the train whistle faraway on a quiet night, I can always feel the 58 in my heart to pack my bags and jump on board, entering a 59 world of motions, sounds, sights, and experience which just aren’t 60 in the dull environment of an airplane. 41. A. admit B. believe C. predict D. ensure 42. A. trouble B. fun C. photos D. experience 43. A. education B. entertainment C. work D. money 44. A. boring B. satisfying C. exciting D. terrifying 45. A. smaller B. louder C. noisier D. faster 46. A. spilling B. throwing C. removing D. shooting 47. A. only B. first C. second D. last 48. A. gentle B. small C. big D. rough 49. A. experienced B. knew C. thought D. expected 50. A. waited B. appreciated C. watched D. trusted
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第 II 卷（非选择题 共 50 分） 注意：请把第二卷所有试题答案写在答题纸上。 第二节 语法填空（共 10 小题，每小题 1.5 分，满分 15 分） 阅读下面材料，按照句子结构的语法性和上下文连贯的要求，在空格处用一个适当的词 或使用括号中词语的正确形式填空。 China will allow all couples to have two children, 61 (give) up its decades-long one-child policy, the Communist Party of China (CPC) 62 (announce) after a key meeting on Thursday. The change of policy is intended to balance population development and meet the challenge of an aging population, according to a communiqué(公报) 63 (issue) after the Fifth Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee held from Monday to Thursday. The proposal must be approved by the top legislature(立法机关) 64 it comes into force. China's family planning policy was first introduced in the late 1970s 65 (control) the rapid 66 (grow) of population by limiting most urban couples 67 one child, and as to rural couples, they can have two children on condition that their first child born was a girl. The policy was later relaxed. Parents 68 were both only children in their family could have 69 second child. The one-child policy was 70 (far) loosened in November 2013 after the Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee, and couples are allowed to have two children if one of them is an only child. 第四部分 写作 （共两节 满分 35） 第一节 短文改错（共 10 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 10 分） 假定英语课上老师要求同桌之间交换修改作文， 请你修改你同桌写的以下作文。 文中共 有 10 处语言错误，每句中最多有两处。错误仅涉及一个单词的增加、删除或修改。增加： 在缺词处加一个漏字符号( ? )，并在其下面写出该加的词。删除：把多余的词用(＼)划掉。 修改：在错的词下画一横线，并在该词下面写出修改后的词。 注意：1.每处错误及其修改均仅限一词；
2.只允许修改 10 处，多者（从第 11 处起）不计分。 My hobby is collecting stamps. I had stamps from many countries, like England, Canada, China and the other countries. Yesterday, one of my favorite stamp was lost, this made me really upset. I looked for it anywhere and asked everybody in the room, but still I couldn’t find them. “Where could it have gone?” I thought to myself, “Maybe I should tell my teacher.” With my eyes filling with tears, I came in Mr. Li’s office. “Don’t be so worrying!” Mr. Li told me with a smile, “You must put it somewhere else. I am sure it will turn up soon. ” 第二节 书面表达 （25 分） 高考临近，学习时间变紧，任务加重，很多同学内心压力大，学习效率低下。请为即将 举行的班会写一篇英语演讲稿， 谈谈你对怎样保持良好的精神状态， 高效而健康地进行复习 备考的看法。要点如下： 1. 坚持锻炼； 2. 合理计划； 3. 注重饮食。 注意： 1. 词数 100 左右； 2. 不可逐条翻译； 3. 可以适当增加细节，以使行文连贯； 4. 开头语已为你写好。 Dear classmates， Good afternoon! Today is December 8 . The college entrance exams are really around the corner now.___________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ 参考答案及听力录音稿 听力理解 1-5 ABBCB 6-10 CCCAB 11-15 ACCBB 16-20 ABAAB 阅读理解 21-24 BDCC 25-28 CBBC 29-32 CDAB 33-35 CBD 36-40 DFACG 完形填空 41-45ADBCB 46-50 ABADC 51-55 ADABC 56-60 AACDB 语法填空 61. giving 66. growth
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短文改错 My hobby is collecting stamps. I had stamps from many countries, like England, have Canada, China and the other countries. Yesterday, one of my favorite stamp was lost, stamps this made me really upset. I looked for it anywhere and asked everybody in the room, which everywhere but still I couldn’t find them. “Where could it have gone?” I thought to myself, it “Maybe I should tell my teacher.” With my eyes filling with tears, filled I came in Mr. Li’s office. “Don’t be so worrying!” Mr. Li told me with a smile, to/into worried “You must ∧ put it somewhere else. I am sure it will turn up soon. ” have 书面表达 Dear classmates, Good afternoon! th Today is December 8 . The college entrance exams are really around the corner now. As time becomes limited and school work begins to pile up, many students start to feel much stressed --some find themselves very unenergetic and not able to concentrate; some even fall asleep in class. What should we do to avoid this? First of all, physical exercise is the best way to reduce stress and help people relax. Therefore it is highly advisable that we have some physical exercise after some hours of mental exercise. Second, having a proper study plan is of great importance too，since it can remind us what to do and is helpful for us to do our work more efficiently. Last but not least, we should pay special attention to our diet as well. Anyway, a balanced and nutritious diet can keep a busy mind smart and energetic. Only if we can do these three things mentioned above will we make our time of study and preparation work enjoyable, efficient and fruitful. Thank you. Transcript Text 1 W: Good morning, Hank. It is wonderful to be back in England. M: I’m so glad to see you again. It’s over ten years now since we left university. Text 2 M: Can I help you? W: I’d like to order the machines we talked about yesterday. Can I have them within two days? M: Sure. I’ll send them by air.
Text 3 W: Where are you going to plant the tree? By the front door? M: No, that would be silly. It’ll grow too big. I’m going to put it at the back of the garage. W: I thought it would be better right at the other end of the garden. M: Oh, no. Text 4 W: I’m really angry at John. He never listens to me. M: Take it easy, Alan. Things will work out. Text 5 W; Bob, are you going straight home after school today? M: No, I have a class until one o’clock, and after that I’m going to spend a couple of hours at the library before going home. Text 6 M: Hey, Let’s eat out tonight. W: Why? You won a big prize? M: Well, I only want to relax. W: Really? It’s very nice of you. M: I’ll take you anywhere you want to go. W: Wonderful! Text 7 W: So, how did it go? M: Better than I had expected. W: Didn’t I tell you that you were more fit for the job than others? M: My education is OK. But I don’t have the experience of working on a project like this. My knowledge is mostly theoretical. That is why I am not so sure about getting this job. W: I think what matters is that you have the ability to use your knowledge in your work. M: I hope my interviewers feel that way. W: Don’t you think they do? M: I don’t know. All of them are experts in this field. W: Don’t worry. I am sure they should call you. Text 8 M: Did you see the list of books for this course? W: Yes, Dr. Downs said he expected us to have the first five on the list. He is going to discuss them in detail. M: Are you going to buy them? W: I don’t know. These books are expensive. And I don’t have a lot of money with
me. M: How about sharing them with me? W: Sounds good. M: Let’s do this. I will buy three and you buy two of them. W: I would rather do it this way: We pay fifty-fifty of the books now. And at the end of the course you can take the books you find more interesting and I will take the ones like. M: What if we both like the same books? W: Come on, we are not going to argue over that. Are we? M: I was just joking. It’s definitely a better idea. W: Then let’s get the books as soon as possible. Text 9 M: Good morning, Lucy, Can I help you? W: Good morning, sir. I’d like to talk with you about my studies for a minute, if you may. M: Certainly, come in and have a seat. W: Thank you. I have a record of my studies from last year. Would you like to see it? M: Yes, let me see now. You are studying mathematics, aren’t you? W: Yes, I am. But I’d like to apply for their admission to the engineering college next year. M: I see. Have you asked your parents for their advice about this? W: Yes, I have. They think it is a good idea. M: Well, your record here has been very good. I don’t think you will have much trouble. W: I hope not. Anyway, I am going to apply. And I’d like to ask you to write a recommendation for me, if it is not too much trouble. M: Not trouble at all. I’d be glad to do it. Is there anything else? W: No, sir, I think that is all. Thank you very much.
Text 10 Above 3,000people swam across a river in Guangdong Province in a move to make people more aware of environmental protection for the major waterway in south China. The swimmers including teenagers and elders in their 60s, crossed the 450-meter-wide section of the Pearl River in Guangzhou。 Local authorities organized the swimming activity to show the pollution treatment achievement on the country’s third longest river, and make people more aware of environmental protection. A 62-year-old swimmer said the water quality had been improved in recent years and now could match the cleanness when he swam in the river in his childhood. A mass crossing of the river was once held in the 1970s, but for many years since then, it had been impossible for a large group of people to swim across it because
of heavy industrial pollution. Guangdong government has spent tens of millions of US dollars controlling the pollution by shutting down or moving heavily polluting factories.