网站公告列表

  没有公告

加入收藏
设为首页
联系站长
您现在的位置: 英语新闻听与读 >> 英语学习知识中心 >> 英语新闻 >> 听新闻 >> BBC News English >> 正文
  [组图]Chinese ice sculptures melting          【字体:
Chinese ice sculptures melting
作者:BBC    文章来源:BBC Words In the News    点击数:764    更新时间:2008-1-16   
Ice festival in Harbin, China Animals, people, even buildings are turned into intricate sculptures

A famous ice festival in China is the latest victim of rising global temperatures. Every winter tens of thousands of tourists go to Harbin, in the far north east of China, to see the city's ice sculptures. But with higher temperatures, the sculptures are starting to melt. This report from Michael Bristow:

Listen to the story

Harbin is one of China's coldest cities. In winter, temperatures can drop as low as minus 35 degrees centigrade. Despite this harsh climate, the city has turned itself into a popular winter tourist destination. Visitors arrive from across Asia to experience the cold - and see the city's ice sculptures. Animals, people, even famous buildings are turned into intricate sculptures that are lit up at night.

But, there's a problem - winters just aren't as cold as they used to be. Last year, Harbin had its warmest year since records began. And that means the city's famous ice sculptures are melting earlier.

The ice festival traditionally lasts until the end of February. But this year, there are fears the ice will have melted long before then. And this is not just a worry for environmentalists. Harbin's ice festival is the city's biggest source of income. If the ice goes, so do the tourists.

Michael Bristow, BBC News, Beijing

Listen to the words

temperatures can drop as low as
the weather can be very cold

harsh
severe or very cold

has turned itself into
the people and businesses of the city have made it become

tourist destination
a place where travellers and holiday makers want to go to visit

ice sculptures
statues that are not permanent because they are made of ice (rather than stone)

intricate sculptures
statues that have a lot of small, complicated details, carvings or markings

since records began
from the time that people first started to keep information (about weather temperatures) for future reference, by writing it down or storing it on a computer

melting
changing from ice to water (when heat is applied to the ice)

environmentalists
people who try to protect the world from being damaged by human activities

income
money from doing work or having a business (here, money from tourists during the ice festival)


Try a comprehension quiz based on this story

For teachers
Lesson planDownload a lesson plan based on this story (89 K)
  • 上一篇文章:

  • 下一篇文章:
  • 发表评论】【加入收藏】【告诉好友】【打印此文】【关闭窗口
    最新热点 最新推荐 相关文章
    Longqings an ice spectacle…
    Harbin is ready to go…
    India to confront climate …
    Gates steps down…
    Marriage training in Saudi…
    International Whaling Comm…
    Air Canada to cut 2,000 jo…
    Killed journalists memoria…
    Obama declares nomination …
    Indian painting sold at re…
      网友评论:(只显示最新10条。评论内容只代表网友观点,与本站立场无关!)
    Welcome to our listening lounge! 站长:刘老师