The Upper-intermediate daytime class has been reading and learning about language for describing places, including the history of cities and some of the problems that people face in urban areas.
Here are some descriptions of towns and cities recently written by members of the class.
I was born in Gifu which is in the middle of Japan, about 500km from Tokyo.
It is made up of 80% of the forests and the region richly endowed with
There is a world heritage site a unique house made with traditional special
skills 300 years ago. It is located in Northern Gifu. About 2,000,000 tourists
come to visit every year. In addition, there is a natural hot spring near the
heritage site called Gelo Onsen. The elements of the hot water work on your
skins smoother and softer, even sickness. It is not popular only for tourist
but also the local people.
On the other hand, the traffic of Gifu is not easy to manage because the
railway network is not extensive enough and most of Gifu do not have good
bus connection despite it is about five times as large as Tokyo. So the main
way to access for the natives is a car. A new loop line of the highways have
been constructed now.
Ho Chi Minh City
I lived in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly named Saigon, which is the capital of South Vietnam. It is the largest city in my country with the population of about 8 million. In the beginning, it was a small fishing village of Khmer people. In 1698, the Nguyen Dynasty took control of the village and started to develop it into a city. When the first French came in the 19th century, Saigon was chosen to be the capital of Vietnam throughout the civil war. The city officially changed the name in 1976, when the communist takeover of South Vietnam, to Ho Chi Minh City.
Nowadays, Ho Chi Minh City is the economic centre of Vietnam with many industries including construction, finance, trade and the most important, tourism. There are still many of elegant and historic French buildings and boulevards. Some of the most famous features are in centre of the city such as Reunification Palace, City Hall, Municipal Theatre and Notre-Dame Catheral. Because Tan Son Nhat Airport is the biggest airport in Vietnam, a lot of tourists come to Ho Chi Minh City everyday. The capital of South Vietnam is also the centre of education system where most of the biggest universities are located. Besides, there are lots of amenities like shopping centres, restaurants, markets and multiplexes. Excepting the overpopulation and the pollution issues, Ho Chi Minh City is a nice place to live when you want to enjoy the comfortable life and interesting Asian foods.
My home town is Taipei, which combines modern with traditional culture, is the capital of Taiwan. It has a population of 7 millions; therefore, there is an outstanding public transport system, which includes bus, metro and train, so that you can go to anywhere very easily.
There are many beautiful places to visit in Taipei. For example, the tallest building in Taiwan called Taipei 101; you can see amazing night scenes on the floor of 89. Yangmingshan National Park, which has lush forest , colorful flowers and wonderful hot springs. Another popular place, one of the most important museums in the world called National Palace Museum in Taipei, which has a lot of Chinese royal antiques.
We have got a famous night market called Shilin Night Market, where sells traditional Taiwanese foods and snacks, such as stinky tofu, bubble milk tea and my favorite snack called oyster omelette.