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New railway opens the door to Tibet
作者:21ST    来源:初中版第138期     日期: 2010-05-07
New railway opens the door to Tibet
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外研版初一年级:Planes, boats, and trains

关键词:railway journey

话题归类:旅游与交通Travel and transport



THIS summer, the most popular tourist sight (旅游景点) in China has to be Tibet. Why? Because the Qinghai-Tibet Railway is set to open on July 1.

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway is the first railroad between Tibet and the rest of China. It is 1,142 kilometres long and is the world's highest railroad.

About 960 kilometres of it is over 4,000 metres above sea level. Many people thought it was impossible to build a railway so high. But the railroad was successfully completed last October.

The railway will make travel cheaper for Tibetans. Most of them don't have enough money to travel by air.

It will also bring more tourists to Tibet. A recent Xinhua report said the new railway will bring 3,000 to 4,000 tourists to Lhasa (拉萨) each day.

In Shanghai, one travel agency has worked out a 10-day-trip from Shanghai to Lhasa for a price of 3,600 yuan. However, this cost may change as the final price for the train has not been decided yet.

A railway trip to Tibet will be more comfortable than driving or flying. Each train has special windows to keep out ultraviolet (紫外线) light and sandstorms.

Thin air makes you feel sick. To stop this from happening, the train gives oxygen (氧气) through its air-conditioning system. If you still feel sick, you will find oxygen masks near the seats.

Words & expressions
sea level 海平面 sandstorm n. 沙尘暴
mask n. 面具


Reading check:

1. It can be inferred from the story that _____.

A. more railways will be built in Tibet

B. Tibet will attract more tourist

C. it will be dangerous to travel to Tibet by train

2. The underlined phrase "scenic spots" in the box means _____.

A. travel agencie

B. science knowledge

C. tourist sight

Journey through nature's beauty

The Qinghai-Tibet train takes 48 hours from Beijing to Tibet, and 53 hours from Shanghai to Tibet. Does that sound a bit too long for you? Remember, there are some scenic spots along the railway to get you excited:

Nam Co Lake

纳木错湖

One of Tibet's most sacred (神圣的) lakes and the highest saltwater lake in the world.

Cuona Lake

错那湖

Another sacred lake in northern Tibet. It's the closest lake to the Qinghai?Tibet Railway.

Fenghuo Mountain

风火山

Over 4,900 meters high. The Fenghuo Mountain Tunnel (隧道) for the Qinghai-Tibet Railway is the world's highest tunnel.

Tibetan antelope

藏羚羊

The train runs through Hoh Xil (可可西里), the home of Tibetan antelopes.

Yangbajing

羊八井

Famous for its hot springs (温泉), it is 87 kilometres north of Lhasa.

Tanggula Pa

唐古拉山口

The highest point in the Qinghai?Tibet Railway, over 5,000 meters above sea level.

Yangtze River origin

长江源

The Yangtze River begins at Peak Geladandong (各拉丹冬峰) of the Tanggula Mountains (唐古拉山脉).

Yuzhu Mountain

玉珠峰

The highest peak (高峰) in the Kunlun mountains. It has a height of 6,178m.

Keys

B C



关键词:外研版 初一 Planes, boats, and trains 旅游与交通Travel and transport



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