English Conversation 5:
Jerry wants to visit the Great Wall, so he asks Fay for some suggestions
Fay: On the other hand, if you go directly, you won't stop along the way, which
means you can spend more time at the Wall itself. It's also cheaper.
Jerry: Fay, I've heard it said that you are not a "true man" until you've stood on the
Great Wall. I'd like to visit the Wall this weekend. Do you know how I can get
Fay: There are two ways to go there. You could go there directly by bus or train, or
you could join a group tour.
Jerry: Is one way better than the other?
Fay: Going with a group is certainly more convenient. Everything is taken care of for
you, including lunch and tickets to places of interest along the way. It usually
costs around 100 RMB.
Jerry: That sounds like a good deal.
Jerry: Well, I like to go off on my own. I think going directly would be better for me.
Do you know how I can get there?
Fay: I've heard the cheapest way is by minibus number 919, which you can catch
near the Jishuitan subway station. It costs only 10 yuan! There's also a train
which starts on the west side of the city which goes directly to the Wall, but I've
never taken it. I know there's a small station outside the west gate of Beijing
Aeronautics University. You could go there and ask around.
Jerry: That's very close to where I live, so I'll check it out! By the way, have you ever
been to the Great Wall?
Fay: Yes, I have. It was VERY impressive! Not only is it so long, but I was surprised at
how steep the steps are. It's almost like climbing a mountain! The scenery from
the wall is quite spectacular. Looking out from the Wall, you can really get a
sense of history.
Jerry: Great! I'm really looking forward to it. So Fay, since you've been to the Great
Wall, you are a "true man", right?
Fay: Yes, now I drink lots of beer and even smoke cigars!
Fay: Of course not, I'm just kidding!