Lisa in China
Lisa in China
Student’s Book
by H. Q. Mitchell - Marileni Malkogianni

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ISBN: 978-960-478-823-1 C2007007542-17887
  1. Chapter 1........................................................... 4
  2. Chapter 2........................................................... 6
  3. Chapter 3........................................................... 9
  4. Chapter 4........................................................... 14
  5. Chapter 5........................................................... 17
  6. Chapter 6........................................................... 19
  7. Chapter 7........................................................... 22
  8. Chapter 8........................................................... 24
  9. Chapter 9........................................................... 26
  10. Chapter 10.......................................................... 30
  11. Activity Section
  12. Chapter 1........................................................... 36
  13. Chapter 2........................................................... 38
  14. Chapter 3........................................................... 40
  15. Chapter 4........................................................... 42
  16. Chapter 5........................................................... 44
  17. Chapter 6........................................................... 46
  18. Chapter 7........................................................... 48
  19. Chapter 8........................................................... 50
  20. Chapter 9........................................................... 52
  21. Chapter 10.......................................................... 54
chapter 1

I t is Monday afternoon and Lisa is in her bedroom, talking on the phone with her friend Ellie. Lisa is holding an official-looking envelope in her hand. “It is from the Young Reporters Association,” Lisa tells her friend. “I wonder... what is it about?” “Go on then, what are you waiting for?” asks Ellie. “Open it right away, I’m so excited!” Lisa opens the letter and reads aloud:

“They want to send me to China! I can’t believe my luck!” she exclaims. “I have never been to China before. What an interesting place to go!” “Lisa! That’s great news!” exclaims Ellie.

“I know!” answers Lisa. “I have never been to China, but it has always been one of my dreams,” she says. “Yes, it’s an amazing opportunity for you,” says Ellie. “And, when you get back, you could write a report about your trip for the school on-line newspaper. What do you think?” “Oh, Ellie,” laughs Lisa. “OK. You never seem to forget your position at the paper, do you?” “Well, I’m not the editor for nothing,” the girl laughs back. “Let’s hang up now,” she adds. “You have to do some research before the trip, don’t you think?” “You’re right,” says Lisa. “China, here I come!”

chapter 2

A fter a long flight, Lisa finally arrives in Beijing. At the airport, a young man is waiting for her. He is holding a sign reading “Lisa, YRA.” Lisa goes towards him and the man greets her warmly. “Nice to meet you, Lisa,” he says and introduces himself. “I am Hu Tian and I work for a local teen magazine here in Beijing. I will be your guide in China!” he says as he takes her suitcase. Lisa is relieved. Everything is so strange to her here and there are so many people everywhere! Hu Tian takes Lisa to her hotel by taxi. “You must be tired after your long trip,” he says when they arrive. “Have some rest, and we’ll meet again in the afternoon. Then, you can have a taste of China.” Lisa smiles as she goes to her hotel room. “I wonder what he meant,” she thinks to herself. “Oh, well... I guess I’ll find out in a few hours,” she says and falls asleep right away. After her nap, Lisa feels like a new person. She meets up with Hu Tian and his sister, Mei. The two take her to a restaurant in the Old City. “So that’s what you meant with ‘a taste of China!’ Lisa exclaims. “Yes,” smiles Hu Tian. “You’re going to enjoy a traditional Beijing dinner.” Lisa remembers the delicious Chinese food in New York and is excited to try some authentic Chinese cuisine. Maybe it will be even tastier. At the restaurant, Lisa sees a round piece of glass in the centre of the table. “I know!” shouts Lisa. “It’s a rotating tray! The waiter puts all of the dishes on the tray so that the people at the table can turn it and try each of the different kinds of food,” she says with a smile. “It is customary to try a little bit of everything. It is also polite to always leave the last bite on the plate,” says Mei. When the waiter comes to the table, they order traditional tea and several different dishes. “We ordered Peking Duck, it’s a famous dish here,” explains Mei.

The cook then brings the roast duck and cuts it in front of them. A waiter also brings different dishes to eat along with the duck. Lisa is impressed. “What are all these little bowls?” asks Lisa. “There are pancakes in this one and vegetables and three different kinds of sauces.” Hu Tian and Mei laugh. “Let me show you how to eat Peking Duck” says Mei. “First, you take a pancake. Then, you put some sauce and some vegetables on your pancake.” “Ok, I got that,” says Lisa. “This is fun, actually.” “Now put some duck in the pancake and wrap it. Enjoy!”says Mei, smiling to the girl. “Mmmm, delicious,” says Lisa. “No wonder it’s so famous!” They take turns turning the tray and tasting the different kinds of food. Hu Tian and Mei are eating with chopsticks. “Is it difficult to eat with chopsticks?” asks Lisa. “No, not really,” says Hu Tian and Mei offers to teach her. “I’ve never learnt so much at a dinner table before!” Lisa says with a giggle. It is a fun evening of new experiences.

chapter 3

The next day is very busy. Lisa spends almost all morning at the Photo Convention, presenting her work and talking to lots of people. Then, she and Hu Tian meet with Mei and they go to Tiananmen Square. “Wow, this square is huge! It is much larger than any other square I have ever been to!” Lisa exclaims. “This, my dear, is the largest city square in the world!” boasts Hu Tian. “One million people can fit here!” “And who's that in the picture over there?” asks Lisa. “It's Mao Zedong, the founder of the People's Republic of China,” explains Hu Tian.

Next, the three friends take a tour of the Forbidden City. Lisa is impressed by the artwork and history she discovers there. “The Forbidden City is about 600 years old. It used to be the Chinese Emperor’s palace. You see, in Chinese history there were no kings or queens, we had emperors and empresses. Now the place is a huge museum, ‘The Palace Museum.’ Common people could not enter the Forbidden City; that is why they called it Forbidden,” says Hu Tian. Lisa and her friends are now in The Hall of Supreme Harmony.

“The Emperor’s throne is here,” says Mei. Lisa looks around. There are dragons everywhere. Lisa is impressed and asks Mei about it. “The dragon is a symbol of power, strength and good luck,” Mei explains. “It was also the symbol of the Emperor himself.” “In the Hall of Supreme Harmony, experts counted 13,844 dragons!” adds Hu Tian. As they walk towards the exit, Lisa hears Hu Tian's voice. “Come on, Lisa,” Hu Tian shouts. “I’m hungry. Let’s have some lunch!”

“That sounds great!” Lisa replies. “Where shall we eat?” she asks as they walk towards the exit. “I know! Let’s have a picnic near Tiananmen Square. We can buy some sandwiches over there,” Hu Tian suggests, pointing to a shop across the street. They sit down on a bench and have a lovely picnic in the warm sun. Lisa is admiring a very large, modern building across the street. “That is a beautiful building,” says Lisa. “It looks like a giant egg, doesn’t it?” “You’re right, Lisa,” says Mei. “It is the National Center for the Performing Arts, but the local people just call it ‘The Egg.’ Concerts, operas and plays take place there.” After lunch, they go to the Olympic Green, the most modern part of Beijing. “Wow! Look at all those buildings!” Lisa exclaims. “That one looks like an ice cube.” “Yes, it’s a very interesting building. That’s the National Aquatics Center. It housed the swimming and diving competitions of the Summer Olympic Games in 2008,” replies Hu Tian. “See that one over there?” says Mei, pointing at a very strange structure, “That’s the National Stadium, the Bird’s Nest. Can you see why?” “Of course, it’s like a gigantic bird’s nest!” Lisa replies. “China has certainly changed a lot since the times of the emperors in the Forbidden City!”

chapter 4

F or Lisa’s last day in Beijing, Hu Tian and Mei have a special surprise for her. They decide to take their friend on a short trip. “Where are we going?” asks Lisa at the bus station. “We can’t tell you. It’s a surprise,” says Hu Tian with a grin. “Yes, you’ll see when we get there,” says Mei with a giggle. “Now, let’s get on the bus.” The scenery changes outside the bus window. The tall skyscrapers and cars of the city soon give way to smaller buildings and fewer cars, until there are only endless golden fields. “Where we are going?” Lisa wonders. Then, she looks outside the window and suddenly realises. “Wow! The Great Wall of China! One of the greatest wonders of the world!” she exclaims. “How long is it, anyway?” she asks her friends. “The Great Wall of China is 8, 851.8 km or 5, 500 miles long,” Hu Tian says proudly. “And it’s more than 2, 000 years old!” he continues. “The Emperor Qin Shihuang of the Qin Dynasty started the Wall around 221BC,” adds Mei. “But work continued during the Han and until the Ming Dynasty in the 14th century,” she says. “Thousands, if not millions, of people worked day and night to finish the Wall.” “It’s very impressive,” says Lisa as the three walk to the closest part of the Great Wall. It is on a steep hill. “This is a beautiful walk, but it is harder than it looks,” Lisa says, stopping to catch her breath. “Don’t worry,” Hu Tian replies. “You will be able to relax later.” “What do you mean?” she asks. “It’s another surprise,” Hu Tian says, smiling. “A whole day of surprises! This is so much fun! You two are great!” Lisa says as she takes photos of her new friends and the Great Wall. “Now say ‘cheese’!” A little later, Hu Tian and Mei look at Lisa and smile. “It is time to show you a different China,” says Hu Tian. “I have no idea what you’re talking about, but I’m sure it’s going to be another great experience,” Lisa says, smiling back.

Another bus takes them beyond the fields until they reach a small farming village. They get off and see an elderly man and woman. “Ni hao,” they greet the three friends in Chinese. “Hello,” says Lisa and then turns to Hu Tian and Mei. “They are our aunt and uncle,” says Mei. “They don’t speak English but they are very friendly.” Then they all walk down a small road with gates and walls on all sides. They enter one of the gateways. “This is our aunt and uncle’s house. It is very traditional,” says Mei. Next, they all sit down and have tea together. “Tea is very important in Chinese culture,” explains Mei. “Chinese people drink a lot of tea, and we also celebrate a number of occasions with tea ceremonies.” “Oh, good,” smiles Lisa. “I love tea, it’s my favourite drink!” On their way back a few hours later, Lisa remarks: “It was so exciting to see what life is like for people in the countryside. It is very different from the busy Beijing life.” “Well, a lot of Chinese still live in villages like that, not cities,” explains Hu Tian. “What do you think of life in the village?” “Hmm... the village is quieter and the countryside around it is very beautiful. However, there is more technology in the city and more things to do than in the village,” says Lisa thoughtfully. “I guess that city life and village life are both nice, but in different ways.”

chapter 5

The next stop on Lisa’s trip is even more interesting. After getting a good night’s sleep on the train from Beijing to Xi’an, Lisa, Mei and Hu Tian go to see the Terracotta Army. They take a guided tour of the ancient site. “The Terracotta Soldiers’ purpose was to protect Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, after his death. His tomb has about eight thousand clay soldiers surrounding it. It is a truly amazing sight,” says the guide. “I’ve seen nothing like this before,” whispers Lisa into Mei’s ear. “They look alike, but they are all different.” “Each soldier’s face is unique,” the guide continues. “The soldiers are as tall as real people and they had swords, knives, crossbows and other weapons. Surprisingly, all these were as sharp as new! According to their roles, the height of the soldiers varies; the tallest are the generals and you’ll also find officials, warriors, chariots, horses, even acrobats and musicians. Some of them have missing parts and others are still in the dirt. However, some of the soldiers are in very good shape and seem new, as you can see,” says the guide. “I wonder how many people had to work to make this army,” Lisa whispers, and the guide hears her. “According to Sima Qian, an ancient historian, more than 700, 000 workers worked on the emperor’s tomb for about 38 years,” he explains. “Wow! Amazing!” exclaims Lisa. “But where is the tomb?” “Ah, the tomb is still a mystery,” adds the guide. “Archaeologists have found the tomb, but they have not opened it yet.” “No? Why not?” asks Lisa. “Surely, there will be lots of treasures inside!” “Well,” says the man, “that’s what Sima Qian’s book says. But archaeologists are worried that they might damage the valuable objects inside the tomb.” “I see,” says Lisa. “There is something else too,” adds Hu Tian. “There are traps inside the tomb. Dangerous traps, to prevent tomb raiders from

stealing the treasures inside. At least, that’s what the legend says...” “Oh, it’s such an interesting story! I guess we’ll have to wait and see!” Lisa smiles. “With or without the treasures from the Emperor’s tomb, this place is fantastic!”

chapter 6

The next day, Lisa, Mei and Hu Tian go to Shanghai on another overnight train. The first place to visit is an area called the Bund. It’s a lively place by the Huangpu River, full of beautiful historical buildings. They walk down a street called Nanjing Road, the main street of the Bund, and have lunch at a restaurant. Lisa tries Shanghai crispy chicken and she finds it delicious. “I’m really getting used to using chopsticks. It’s actually a lot of fun!” Lisa says, excitedly. After lunch, they walk a few blocks to the Yu Garden, in Shanghai’s Old City. It is a traditional Chinese garden with beautiful, old buildings called pagodas. It is very large and they take their time exploring it. There are various trees and rocks and small ponds with bridges. Ducks and fish are swimming in the water and there are dragons on the walls. “The trees, plants and flowers are so pretty! And it’s so peaceful here!” Lisa admires. “It is the perfect place to walk around, it makes you feel you are at one with nature.”

“Well, that is exactly what the Chinese garden is about,” says Mei. “Here one can escape from the busy daily routine and have some time to themselves.” After a pleasant walk through the Yu Garden, Mei and Hu Tian take Lisa to the Yu Market right outside. “The Yu Market is so noisy and busy with people!” Lisa exclaims.“It suddenly feels like we’re in a different city.” “Of course it's noisy,” says Mei. “Shanghai has the largest population in China.” Lisa has fun choosing a few traditional gifts: a pearl necklace for her mother, chopsticks for all her family and a beautiful silk dress for herself. Then she asks Mei: “I want to get something special for my friend, Ellie. What do you suggest?” Mei points to some Chinese silk scarves. “How about one of those? Chinese silk is famous worldwide!” “Great, Ellie will love it!” Lisa says enthusiastically as she buys the scarf.

chapter 7

When Lisa wakes up the next day, she looks out of the window and sees that it is raining. “Oh no!” says Lisa, disappointed. “What are we going to do now? We can’t see much of Shanghai in the rain.” “Don’t worry, Lisa,” Hu Tian says, “We can still see a lot today. We just need to go above the rain.” “I don’t know what you mean by that, but I’m happy to follow you on another surprise tour,” says Lisa. First, they take Lisa to the Shanghai World Financial Centre. It’s a 492 metres tall building with 101 floors! “We’ll go to the third observation deck on the 100th floor,” says Hu Tian. “I hope you’re not afraid of heights!” “No, of course not,” says Lisa and smiles as she remembers her New York experience. Once they get to the observation deck, Lisa takes a look around and says, “It is fantastic up here! We are even higher than the clouds. We really are above the rain.” “We are 474 metres, 1,555 feet above the ground,” explains Mei. “Have a look at the view, it’s amazing!” “What’s that building over there? It’s very interesting,” Lisa points out of the window. “That’s the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. We’re going to visit it next,” says Hu Tian. When they arrive at the Oriental Pearl TV Tower they visit the rotating restaurant. It stands 267 meters, or 876 feet, above Shanghai. “This place is great! Hey look, I can see the SWFC from here!” says Lisa, looking out of the large windows. “The rain stopped,” says Mei. Suddenly, a rainbow appears in the sky. “Wow!” admires Lisa. “How wonderful!” She has a great day in the Shanghai sky.

chapter 8

A fter taking the last train ride of their trip, Lisa, Hu Tian and Mei arrive in Hong Kong. “I can already tell that Hong Kong is different from any of the other places we’ve been to. The cars are driving on the left side of the road,” Lisa says, during their taxi ride to the hotel. “That’s not the only difference,” Mei tells Lisa. “The people here speak Cantonese. It is different from Mandarin Chinese, but they also have much in common.” “Tell me some more about Hong Kong,” asks Lisa. “I don’t really know much.” “Well, it is one of the most populated places in the world, with an amazing culture. Hong Kong’s landscape is also unique. There are hills and tall mountains, parks and nature reserves, and there are about 200 offshore islands. Visitors have a lot to do here. Just wait and see!” Mei says. After leaving their luggage in their hotel rooms, they head to the Peak Tram. It takes them up to The Peak, the top of one of the nearby mountains, 396 metres above sea level. The view from the top of the Peak Tower is breathtaking. “Hong Kong’s skyline is very impressive, as you can see. There are more than 7, 600 skyscrapers, but that’s not what makes the place so special,” Mei says. “Yes. It is a great mixture of amazing buildings and beautiful landscape. The view is fantastic from up here!” replies Lisa, enthusiastically. “Let me take your photo, the light is wonderful right now,” she tells her friends as she reaches in her pocket for her camera. “This picture will be suitable for the next Photo Convention,” she says and smiles.

chapter 9

L isa looks out of her window at the Hong Kong skyline. The place looks magical at night, with millions of lights shining. “It’s my last night in China,” Lisa keeps thinking. She feels a bit sad about it, but she is also a little homesick. “I’m sure tomorrow will be a day to remember,” she thinks and goes to sleep. The next morning, the three young people go to a place called Aberdeen, on a nearby island. On the way there, they pass by a park in Kowloon City. Lisa notices a large group of people who are all standing in the park , in strange positions. “What are they doing?” she asks curiously

“They’re practising Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese martial art,” explains Hu Tian. “Really? Can we get off of the bus and watch for a while?” Lisa asks. “Of course,” replies Mei. “People who practise Tai Chi do a series of warrior movements very slowly, concentrating on their bodies. It helps them stay healthy,” Hu Tian tells Lisa. “How interesting!” Lisa says. “Would you like to try?” asks a woman. “The class is free, and it’s only an hour long.” Lisa is thrilled. “Mei, can you take some pictures of me practising? I want to show them to Ellie when I get back.” Next Lisa and her friends take the bus to Ocean Park in Aberdeen. “It’s a huge place with lots of attractions,” explains Mei. “We’re going to take you to see the giant pandas.”

“Wow! They’re so big!” exclaims Lisa when she sees the animals in the Giant Panda Habitat. “But they’re cute!” “Pandas are in great danger; only 1, 000 to 3, 000 remain in the wild,”says Hu Tian. “How about a visit to Aqua City next?” asks Mei.

“That sounds great,” Lisa agrees. She’s right. Thousands of colourful fish and other sea animals, make their visit unforgettable. Lisa keeps taking pictures. “It will make a great article for the school newspaper,” she thinks to herself. “Ellie will be thrilled.”

chapter 10

T he three of them are tired, but their visit to Aberdeen hasn’t finished yet. Hu Tian and Mei take Lisa to the famous floating village on Aberdeen harbour. They call it ‘floating’ because it is a village of boats.

“This is incredible! There are so many boats that I can’t even see the water,” exclaims Lisa. “All these people live on their boats; their lives depend on fishing and the sea. The ‘boat people’ of Hong Kong have lived this way for centuries,” Mei explains. “Now,” smiles Hu Tian, “since it is our last dinner together, it must be special.”

So, they go to the Jumbo Kingdom, a famous floating restaurant. “Give me a minute,” says Lisa and disappears for a while. When she comes back, she’s wearing her Chinese red silk dress. “I bought it for a special occasion,” she says. “Well, it is a special occasion.” Mei gives her a big hug and they sit down to enjoy their dinner. The lights of the floating village make the place look magical. The next day, the time has come for Lisa to say goodbye to her Chinese friends and board the plane back home. “I am sad to leave, but I will come back to China some day. Now I have an extra reason... I have good friends to visit here,” she says to Hu Tian and Mei, with a smile. “We must stay in touch. Promise?” asks Mei. “I promise,” says Lisa, “And you must come and visit me some day, too!” As she sits down in her seat, she thinks about her visit to China. The people, the food, the sights… everything was incredible! “Well,” she thinks and a big smile appears on her face. “I wouldn’t trade this experience for all the tea in China!”

chapter 1 Comprehension
Answer the following questions.

1. Who invited Lisa to China? Why?

2. What will Lisa do in China ?

3. Why is Lisa so excited about going on a trip to China?

4. What does Ellie suggest Lisa should do before leaving for China?

Choose the correct answer.

1. Ellie learns about the official-looking envelope while she is on the phone / in Lisa’s bedroom .
2. While in China, Lisa will take photographs for / present her photographs at the 1st International Photo Convention.
3. The 1st International Photo Convention will take place in Beijing for 5 days / 6 days .
4. Hu Tian is a Chinese tour guide / member of the Young Reporters Association .
5. Ellie is a reporter / an editor for the school on-line newspaper.

Join the two parts of the sentences.
1. Hang up a. an editor.
2. My dream is to be b. the phone.
3. The school newspaper is c. the music convention.
4. My photos were randomly selected for d. the competition.
5. I met many people at e. online.
Please complete the following crossword puzzle.

1. What we do when something is funny
2. Where you put a letter
3. Surprising, brilliant
4. Someone responsible for checking books and news stories
5. To choose
6. Person who gathers and reports the news for a newspaper or magazine
7. To travel and visit places

1 2
Follow-up activities

1. Would you like to travel to China? What do you know about the country (from films, books, cuisine, etc.)?
2. What type of research and preparation do you think Lisa will need to do before her trip to China? Where can she look for information? What would you do in her place?
3. What are the benefits of events such as the International Photo Convention? What do you think Lisa will do at this event?
4. Have you ever been on a trip without your friends and family? How do you think Lisa feels about going to the convention? What may be some of her thoughts?

Imagine you are Lisa. Send an e-mail to the Young Reporters Association agreeing to participate in the 1st International Photo Convention and asking for further details concerning your visit. (60-80 words)
chapter 2 Comprehension
Choose a, b or c.

1. Lisa recognizes Hu Tian at the airport because of __________ he is holding.
a. a sign b. a teen magazine c. a suitcase

2. After her long trip, Lisa rests and takes a __________ .
a. taxi b. nap c. rest

3. Hu Tian and Mei take Lisa for a __________ Beijing dinner.
a. customary b. traditional c. rotating

4. Lisa is __________ by her Chinese dinner
a. polite b. authentic c. impressed

Read the sentences. Write "t" for True and "f" for False in the boxes.

1. Hu Tian and his sister Mei were waiting for Lisa at the airport.
2. Lisa had problems sleeping after her long trip.
3. Hu Tian and Mei took Lisa to a traditional Chinese restaurant for dinner.
4. They ordered Peking Duck, a famous dish.
5. The cook showed Lisa how to eat Peking Duck.
6. Lisa wanted to learn how to use chopsticks.

Complete the summary of Chapter 2 using the correct words.
several   sister   chopsticks   relieved   rotating   cuisine   traditional   warmly

After a long flight, Hu Tian greets Lisa (1) . She is (2) to find him as everything is strange to her. Then she takes a nap in her hotel room before meeting with Hu Tian again. This time, Hu Tian’s (3) is with them. They visit a restaurant in the Old City. There is a (4) tray at the table of the restaurant. The three friends drink (5) tea and order (6) different dishes. The most famous dish is Peking Duck. During dinner, Lisa learns to eat with (7) . She really enjoys Chinese (8) .

Find the words in Chapter 2 that mean the same as:

1. To say ‘hello’, to welcome g (page 6)
2. To ask yourself about something w (page 6)
3. It goes round and round r (page 6)
4. Real, not fake a (page 6)
5. A specific food d (page 6))
6. A thin, flat type of cake or bread p (page 8)

Follow-up activities

1. Have you ever been on an aeroplane? Did you like it? Why/Why not? How long was your flight?
2. What is your favourite cuisine? Have you ever tried Chinese food? Did you like it? What are your favorite Chinese dishes?
3. Have you got any special dinner habits or customs in your country? Might any of these be strange to a foreigner?
4. What traditional dishes have you got in your country? Which of these do you prefer and why?

Imagine you are Lisa. Write a diary entry about your visit to the restaurant at the Old City and your dining experience with Hu Tian and Mei. (60-80 words)
chapter 3 Comprehension
Match the two halves of the sentences below.
1. At the Photo Convention, a. Lisa, Hu Tian and Mei have a picnic.
2. In the Hall of Supreme Harmony b. Lisa sees the Emperor’s throne and thousands of dragons.
3. At the Olympic Green, c. Lisa presents her work.
4. The National Stadium d. looks like a big ice cube.
5. The National Centre for the Performing Arts e. looks like a bird’s nest.
6. The National Aquatics Centre f. is like a giant egg.
Put the sentences in the correct order. Write 1-5 in the boxes.

a. Lisa and her friends got hungry and had a picnic with some sandwiches.
b. Lisa, Hu Tian and Mei visited Tiananmen Square, the largest city square in the world.
c. In the modern part of the city, Lisa admired three very interesting buildings: The Egg, the Bird’s Nest and the National Aquatics Centre.
d. The three friends visited the Forbidden City. It used to be the Emperor’s palace but now it is a museum.
e. Lisa spent all morning at the Photo Convention presenting her work.

Find words in Chapter 3 that mean the same as:

1. A very important king, the ruler of a great country (page 10)
2. The king’s chair (page 10)
3. A mythical monster like a huge lizzard with wings (page 11)
4. The way out (page 12)
5. A long seat for more than one people, usually in a park (page 12)
6. A contest or game between two or more people, in order to have a winner or get a prize (page 12)

Complete the crossword using words from Chapter 3.

1. An informal meal you eat outside
2. To be strongly affected by something
3. Very large, huge
4. An image or sign that represents something else (e.g. an idea)
5. A woman Emperor or the wife of an Emperor
6. An open area in a town or city
7. Full of activity
8. An art form which combines acting, singing and music
9. To offer room, provide space for something to happen

Follow-up activities

1. Can you imagine what life was like for the emperors in the Forbidden City? Would you like to live in a palace like that?
2. Chinese emperors had dragons as their symbols. Can you think why? Do you know of any other animals-symbols?
3. Do you prefer visiting ancient sights or modern sights? Why? What is the most impressive sight you have been to?
4. Lisa sees some strange buildings in the modern part of the city. Do you know of any other famous buildings that have unusual designs? Is there a modern building that you like in your city/country?

Imagine that you are Lisa and write a short article about ancient China and modern China as you have experienced it. (60-80 words)
chapter 4 Comprehension
Choose a or b to complete the following sentences.

1. Hu Tian and Mei decide to surprise Lisa on her
a. last day in Beijing. b. birthday.

2. At the Great Wall of China, Lisa stops to catch her breath because
a. the walk is harder than it looks. b. the wall is harder than it looks.

3. Hu Tian and Mei’s aunt and uncle greeted Lisa
a. in English. b. in Chinese.

4. Lisa’s favourite drink is
a. tea. b. water.

Match 1-5 with a-e to form sentences.
1. As they were leaving Beijing, a. very important in Chinese culture.
2. The Great Wall of China is b. the scenery changed from tall skyscrapers to endless golden fields.
3. Tea is c. for years to build the Wall.
4. Village life is d. much quieter than busy Beijing life.
5. Great numbers of people worked e. one of the greatest wonders of the world.
Check the correct word.

1. This morning we will take a short journey / trip to the Eiffel tower.
2. “Ha, ha, this is so funny,” said the boy with a giggle / grin .
3. The basketball player was trying to catch his breath / experience after the match.
4. Tina had a hard day at work and she’s trying to reply / relax.
5. John’s friends organised a party to enter / celebrate his sixteenth birthday.
6. In Japan there is a special ceremony / suprise for a new baby.

Use the correct words to fill in the e-mail that Lisa sent to Ellie once she got home.
village   traditional   gateways   fields   steep   surprises   skyscrapers   exciting   scenery

Hi Ellie,
Today was a wonderful day full of (1) . It started with a trip on the bus. The (2) outside the bus window was beautiful. We left the (3) of the city behind and then we saw endless golden (4) . Suddenly, I saw it! It was the Great Wall of China! We walked along a (5) hill. It was a very hard walk but it was beautiful. Afterwards, Hu Tian and Mei took me to a small farming (6) . Their aunt and uncle live there. We walked down a small road filled with gates and entered one of the (7) . They took us to their home and I enjoyed a (8) tea ceremony. It was an (9) day!

Follow-up activities

1. Lisa begins her trip without knowing where she will go. Do you like surprises? Have you ever had a surprise with a special trip, gift or party?
2. The Great Wall of China is one of the wonders of the world. Do you know what the seven wonders of the ancient world were? Which places would you include in a list of the wonders of the modern world?
3. Lisa meets a traditional Chinese family. How large is your family? Have you got any brothers or sisters? What is your relationship with them?
4. Do you live in a city or village? What do you think are the differences between village life and city life? Which do you prefer?

Imagine you are Lisa. Write in your diary about your visit to the Great Wall of China. Include information from Factfile 5 (Background information) and draw or stick a photo if you like. (60-80 words)
chapter 5 Comprehension
Answer the following questions.

1. What did Lisa, Hu Tian and Mei do in Xi’an?

2. Why did the Emperor order the Terracotta Soldiers?

3. What is special about the clay soldiers’ weapons?

4. Why have archaeologists not opened the emperor’s tomb yet?

5. Who was Sima Qian?

Fill in the blanks with the numbers.
8,000   one   700,000   38

1. The trip from Beijing to Xi’an lasted night(s).
2. soldier(s) surrounded Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s tomb.
3. worker(s) worked for year(s) to build the Emperor’s tomb.

Who does what? Match the occupations 1-6 with their descriptions a-f.
1. An archaeologist a. writes or studies history
2. A historian b. takes people around and gives them information about a place, etc.
3. A guide c. is in charge of an army.
4. A raider d. has skill and ability to perform gymnastic tricks.
5. A general e. enters a place without permission and robs it.
6. An acrobat f. studies people of the past, the things they left behind and their culture.
Complete the sentences with the correct form of the verbs in the box.
protect   whisper   damage   vary   prevent   wonder

1. I cannot hear you if you ; please speak up.
2. The question may be simple, but the answers .
3. The Dawsons accidents in their house by putting a door at the top of the stairs last year.
4. Greg often about the future.
5. A truck Karen’s car the other day.
6. the environment should always be our first choice.

Follow-up activities

1. Are you interested in the way people lived in the past? How do you feel when you visit ancient sites? Which sites have you visited?
2. The Chinese Emperor had a whole clay army to protect him after his death. What do you think this says about him? How important or powerful do you think he was?
3. Do you believe that the archaeologists should open the Emperor’s tomb or not? Do you believe there are really traps inside the tomb?
4. Have you heard of any other examples of Kings or Emperors who made or built something extraordinary for after their death?

Imagine you are Lisa. Write an article for your on-line newspaper under the title: Xian’s Amazing Soldiers and The Mystery of The Emperor’s Tomb. (60-80 words)
chapter 6 Comprehension
Match the places 1-5 with the right description a-e.
1. Shanghai a. a noisy and very crowded place in the city centre
2. The Bund b. a main street with lots of restaurants
3. Nanjing Road c. has the largest population in China
4. Yu Garden d. a beautiful, peaceful and quiet place in the city
5. Yu Market e. a lively part of a big city by a river
Answer the questions.

What did Lisa
1. ...have for lunch in The Bund?

2. ...admire at Yu Garden?

3. ...buy at Yu Market?

Choose a, b or c to complete the sentence.

1. The trip was long, so I travelled on an train.
a. delicious b. overnight c. peaceful

2. Tim left the bag open and his crisps aren’t anymore.
a. fun b. special c. crispy

3. You need to walk a few more and you’ll see the bank on your left.
a. bridges b. blocks c. buildings

4. The boys spent all afternoon the cave.
a. exploring b. escaping c. suggesting

5. We had a very morning with our cousins at the Mall.
a. daily b. perfect c. pleasant

Read the definitions and find the eight words in the grid.

1. A tall building or temple with many floors in China or another Eastern country
2. Very tasty
3. A pool of water smaller than a lake
4. A piece of clothing you wear around your neck
5. Jewellery you wear around your neck
6. Advice, recommend

Follow-up activities

1. What are the highlights in Shanghai? Would you like to visit it? Which place impressed you more?
2. In busy Shanghai, people go to Yu Gardens to relax and get some peace. Where do you go or what do you do to take a break when your routine gets busy?
3. What do you think of the souvenirs Lisa bought for her family and friends? Do you think Ellie will like her gift?
4. What would you like to get as a souvenir from China? Why?

Pretend you are Lisa. Write a card that you will attach to your gift to Ellie explaining what it is and why you bought it for her. (60-70 words).
chapter 7 Comprehension
Answer the questions.

1. What was the weather like on Lisa’s second day in Shanghai and how did it make her feel?
2. Which two tall buildings did Lisa visit in Shanghai?
3. Which was the tallest building and how tall was it?
4. What happened when the rain stopped?

Read the sentences. Write T for True and F for False in the boxes.

1. Lisa is happy when she sees the rain.
2. Lisa is not afraid of heights.
3. The Shanghai World Financial Centre’s observation deck is on the top floor.
4. Lisa could see the Oriental Pearl TV Tower from the top of Shanghai World Financial Centre.
5. There is a rotating restaurant in of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.

Use the prepositios in the box to complete the sentences.
in   above   on   from   to   of

1. A lot of people are afraid snakes.
2. After a long flight, Jim went directly his hotel room to get some sleep.
3. my room, I have a perfect view of the mountains.
4. Look, there’s an aeroplane the sky.
5. Would you like to fly the clouds?
6. After lunch, we’ll go a tour on the river

Do the crossword.

1. What you can see from a particular place
2. The act of watching, noticing something
3. Asian, Eastern
4. An open area or platform for people to stand
5. How tall somebody or something is
6. It keeps turning around

4 5
Follow-up activities

1. Lisa is disappointed when she sees the rain. Have you ever had bad weather during your holidays? What did you do to enjoy yourself?
2. What is the tallest building you have ever been to? How did you feel at the top? Would you like to get to the top of the Shaghai buildings? Why/Why not?
3. The skyscrapers Lisa visits have strange names such as Shanghai World Financial Centre and Oriental Pearl TV Tower. What do you think these names say about their purpose? Can you think of other such names you know?
4. A rainbow often appears after rain, but is also a strong symbol. What do you think a rainbow symbolises?

Imagine you are Lisa, buying a postcard from the Shanghai World Financial Centre to send home to your family. Write about your day in the Shanghai sky and what feelings it caused. (40-60 words)
chapter 8 Comprehension
Answer the following questions.

1. In what way is Hong Kong different from the other places of China?

2. What language do people in Hong Kong speak?

3. What is unique about Hong Kong’s landscape?

4. Where did the Peak Tram take Lisa, Hu Tian and Mei?

5. How many skyscrapers are there in Hong Kong?

Chose a, b or c.

1. Hong Kong is a place
a. on the top of a mountain.
b. of amazing buildings and beautiful nature.
c. on an island.

2. Hong Kong has about
a. 7, 600 islands.
b. 200 islands.
c. 396 islands.

3. From the top of the Peak Tower, Lisa wanted to take a photo
a. for the photo convention.
b. of the fantastic skyline.
c. of her friends.

4. Lisa wanted to take a photo at that moment, because
a. her friends were very impressive.
b. the next Photo Conversation was soon to come.
c. the light was amazing.

Choose the right word to complete the sentences.

1. Martin took / rode the last train to Liverpool.
2. Tim and Mary are good friends because they have much on the left side / in common .
3. We made / took many photos during our last holiday.
4. The boys headed / reached to the beach as soon as they got off the bus.
5. Mayan culture / landscape is fascinating.

Match the words 1-6 with their meanings a-f.
1. mixture a. appropriate
2. suitable b. combination of things
3. peak c. baggage, suitcases
4. luggage d. excitedly, with a lot of enthusiasm
5. breathtaking e. impressive and beautiful
6. enthusiastically f. top of a mountain
Follow-up activities

1. Lisa and her friends travel a lot. Do you like travelling? What is your favourite means of transport?
2. What language/languages do people speak in your country? What language(s) do you speak or like to learn?
3. In Hong Kong you can enjoy both the sea and the mountain. Which do you prefer and why?
4. Photography is Lisa’s favourite hobby. What is yours?

Imagine you are Hu Tian. Write about your day in Hong Kong for your magazine. (60-80 words)
chapter 9 Comprehension
Read and write T for True or F for False.

1. Lisa didn’t want to leave China.
2. Lisa can see the Hong Kong skyline from her hotel room window.
3. Aberdeen is a park in Hong Kong.
4. Lisa found Tai Chi really interesting and decided to try it.
5. The Giant Panda Habitat and the Aqua City are two of the attractions in Aberdeen’s Ocean Park.

Match 1-5 with a-e.
1. How Lisa felt after so many days in China. a. Hong Kong skyline
2. The view from Lisa’s window b. Aqua City
3. An ancient martial art. c. Panda
4. A black and white animal in great danger. d. Homesick
5. An attraction in Ocean Park with thousands of fish and other sea animals. e. Tai Chi
Complete the sentences using the words in the box.
skyline   position   curiously   thrilled   cute   movement

1. Rabbits are really , don’t you think?

2. Mary is about her birthday party next Saturday.

3. There was a sudden in the bushes and then a cat came running out.

4. The boy looked at the man and waited for him to start conversation first.

5. Look at this beautiful photo of the New York City !

6. I’ve been sitting for a long time, I need to change my .

Do the crossword.

1. Somebody / Something you cannot forget
2. A very popular means of transport
3. Feeling that you want to go home
4. Very big, huge
5. Having good health
6. A black and white animal in China
7. You don’t need money for this
8. A soldier, a fighter
9. A piece of land with water all around it
10. Not in danger

5 6 7
9 10
Follow-up activities

1. Why did Lisa feel homesick? Have you ever felt that way?
2. Would you like to try Tai Chi? Why/Why not?
3. Pandas are in great danger. Can you tell why? Do you know of any other animals in danger?
4. Have you ever been to an aquarium? Would you like to?

Imagine you are Lisa. Write in your diary about your day in Hong Kong. (60-80 words)
chapter 10 Comprehension
Choose a or b.

1. Aberdeen harbour
a. is a village of boats.
b. is a floating restaurant.

2. Jumbo Kingdom is a famous
a. boat.
b. restaurant.

3. For dinner, Lisa wears
a. her everyday clothes.
b. a special dress.

4. In China, Lisa enjoyed
a. everything.
b. the tea.

Put the sentences in order. Write 1-5 in the boxes.

a. Lisa put on her traditional red Chinese dress.
b. The three friends had a wonderful dinner.
c. Her friends took Lisa to Aberdeen to see the boat people.
d. Lisa boarded her plane.
e. Lisa and her friends went to the Jumbo Kingdom.

Find words or phrases in Chapter 10 which mean:

1. A place for ships and boats (page 30)
2. Difficult to believe (page 31)
3. To speak loudly, shout (page 31)
4. One hundred years (page 31)
5. To become impossible to see (page 32)
6. Putting your arms around somebody in order to show them that you love them (page 32)

1. give a. occasion
2. special b. in touch
3. say c. a plane
4. board d. somebody a minute
5. stay e. goodbye
Follow-up activities

1. What do you think living in a houseboat is like? Would you like to live in such a place? Why/Why not?
2. Why did Lisa wear her Chinese red dress? Do you think it was a good idea?
3. Would you like to eat in a place like the Jumbo Kingdom floating restaurant? Why/Why not?
4. What do you think Lisa meant by “I woudn’t trade this experience for all the tea in China”?

Imagine you are Lisa on the plane back home. Write a letter to your friends Hu Tian and Mei, to thank them for what they did for you in China. (60-80 words)