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The Great Wall

He who does not reach the Great Wall is not a true man.

The Yellow Mountain

Jiuzhaigou Valley

Eiffel Tower France

Buckingham Palace (Britain)

When are you leaving?

How are you going to …?
When are you arriving at/in …? Where are you staying?

How long are you staying in …?
When are you coming back?

A: Tom, where are you going on holiday? B: I’m going to Laos. A: When are you leaving? B: Next Sunday. A: How are you going to Laos? B: I’m taking a plane. A: How long are you staying in Laos? B: About two weeks. A: When are you coming back? B: I’m coming back on October 15th. A: Great. Have a good trip. B: Thanks.

Factors need to be considered in making a travel plan: things to do background information time to set out place to go

A travel plan

travel cost
things to take

points for attention

means of transportation

What to take?
matches can and bottle openers compass

blanket

umbrella

raincoat

flashlight

water bottle

map

tyre

tent

radio

Work in groups of 4 and make a travel plan. Think about the fare for different kinds of transport and decide how to get there.

I have dreamed about seeing castles ever since my students’ time, so next vacation I’m going to the U.K . Since the airplane is faster and more convenient, I’m going there by air. I plan to visit Winsor Castle, the Big Ben and Cambridge University. In order to take pictures of charming scenery, I will take a camera and some batteries with me. What’s more, I will also take bank cards so that I can go shopping and buy interesting souvenirs there.

Have you ever dreamed about travelling along a river?

River Thames (Britain)

TheMekong River

This river begins in Qinghai Province and flows through several countries.

Which countries does the Mekong River flow through?

China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam.
Where is the source of the Mekong River and which sea does it enter?

Qinghai Province; the South China Sea
What’s the name of the Chinese part of the river?

Lancang River

Part 1 The dream and the plan

Skimming

Skim the text and choose the main idea for each paragraph.
Preparation for their trip. Wang Kun and Wang Wei’s dream. Wang Wei is stubborn.

Paragraph 1

Wang Kun and Wang Wei’s dream.
Taking a great bike trip. Two years ago: Both of them bought expensive mountain bikes ___________________. Last year: Wang Wei got their cousins _________________. interested in cycling To cycle along _____________the ________Mekong River from entire ______________to ___________. where it begins where it ends

Their dream

Their preparations

Wang Wei’s idea

Paragraph 2

Wang Wei is stubborn.

What kind of information suggests that Wang Wei is stubborn?

The journey
The source of the river: Qinghai Province The beginning : At an altitude of more than 5,000 meters The weather: The air would be hard to breathe and it would be very cold.

Wang Wei’s reaction
She gave me a determined look
She seemed to be excited about it.

She said that it would be an interesting experience.

Paragraph 3

Preparation for their trip.

1. How did they prepare for their trip? They went to the library and found a large atlas with good maps. 2. What did they learn about the Mekong river in the library?

Details about the Mekong river:

It begins in a _______ glacier on a ________. mountain

moves quickly. It becomes Then, it ______ rapids as it passes through deep ______ ______ valleys In western Yunan Province.

Sometimes the river becomes a ________ waterfall and enters ____ wide ________. valleys

delta enters At last, the river _____ the South China Sea.



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