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Travel in Chinese Lesson 98 Restaurant in Guilin

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当地人:哈哈,那可不行, 连我都不曾见过她,她生活的时代已经和现在隔得很远了。














Local: How was it?The food at this restaurant was pretty good, huh?

Michael:Pretty good. Especially the “beer fish”, it was so delicious.

Renhao:That’s right, I would never have thought beer would enhance the flavour of the fish so much. I have to tell my wife when I get back.

Michael:The music they played in the restaurant was really good too. Even though I couldn’t fully understand the lyrics, it was still very interesting.

Local: Oh. They’re songs by Liu Sanjie.

Michael:Liu Sanjie? Is she a pop star?

Local: Haha, she is a well-known song stress of our Zhuang ethnic group. Her singing was so popular, and everyone loved her songs.

Michael:Really?Would I be able to get a photo taken with her?

Local: Haha, I don’t think so. Even I have never seen her. She lived in a much earlier time.

Michael:Oh right.

Local: But not far from here is a large ficus tree, which they say Liu Sanjie used to sing under. How about I take you to have a look?

Renhao:Sure. Maybe we could find a modern version of “Liu Sanjie”.

Renhao:No wonder they say “Yangshuo’s scenery is even better than that of Guilin’s. It’s no exaggeration!

Michael:Wow, it’s so beautiful here. Is this what you were talking about?

Local: Yes. Apparently this tree has more than 1400 years of history.

Renhao:Really?That’s incredible that a tree could live that long!Look here, the branches are like swings.

Michael:It’s a pity there’s nobody singing here tonight.

Local: Haha, that’s alright. I’m taking you to a special performance tonight. It’s set against the backdro of Yangshuo’s scenery. There’ll be lots of people singing together.

Renhao:I’ve heard of it before. I think Zhang Yimou created it especially for Yangshuo.

Michael:Zhang Yimou?That’s great, we can’t miss it. wher is the performance?

Local: Don’t panic. The performance doesn’t start until it gets dark.


1、极其 extremely


He handles tasks extremely diligently


The fruits sold here are extremely fresh.

2、不曾 never


I've never forgotten how he helped me.


I've never abandoned this dream.

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The Tall Banyan Tree

The Tall Banyan Tree大榕树, located a few km south of Yangshuo, is one of the main scenic attractions of Yangshuo county. It is said that the banyan was planted in the Jin Dynasty, which would date it to the third or fourth century AD. The tree is famous for its age and towering beauty. The banyan tree now stands 17 meters high, and is over 7 meters thick around the trunk. Its canopy covers an area of 1000 square meters. When we look closely we see that it has beautifully twisted roots and gnarled branches. Its crown is round with an exuberant growth of branches and leaves. There is a huge branch stretching out straight beginning at 1 meter above the ground. Enduring wind and rain for thousands of years, it is perhaps surprising that this branch has not been harmed.

The Tall Banyan is on the west bank of the Jinbao River and can be reached by an ancient ferry that crosses under the tree. Across the river, there are intriguing rocks of varying sizes, mountains and wonderful caves. Surrounding the mountain peaks are green bamboo forests and footpaths crisscrossing like between lush fields. So this area is famous not only for the old banyan tree, but for the striking scenery all around.

But there is one more important reason why this place is so well known. It was the location wher one of the most popular classic movies in modern China, 刘三姐, was filmed. It was under this tree that the main character, Third Sister Liu threw her coloured silk ball to Brother Aniu as a token of her affection. I guess you have to see the movie to appreciate why that is such an important scene. But suffice it to say that lovers to this day enjoy having their picture taken in front of the old banyan tree.

One kilometer to the south of the Big Banyan Tree, lies the Moon Hill. This is a huge slice of rock with a round hole in its center. You mount 800 steps of a marble-paved mountain path to reach the top. At various angles the hill resembles a new moon to a full moon, which accounts for the name Moon Hill.

With 14 rock-climbing routes on the northwest side, Moon Hill offers various levels of challenge to both amateur and professional climbers. This area is currently being developed for more adventure tourism.

It’s amazing how many visitors come to Yangshuo but don’t stay here long enough to really see the town and the surrounding sites. This area is definitely worth a few days exploring.

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You'd better take an umbrella. Nobody can say for sure whether or not it'll rain in a short while.




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