Over the years, I have had many students who have written wonderful speeches and achieved Distinctions for the LAMDA and Trinity exams. I will begin posting some of these amazing works so that more people can enjoy reading them. The first one is by my student Lau Shen-I titled ‘Holidays’
What type of holidays do you enjoy?
There are many different types of holidays such as relaxation, shopping and adventure holidays. Today, I am going to tell you about my holiday to Chengdu in China which was a shopping and adventure holiday. These two types of holidays allow you to explore and see what the place that you are going to has in store for you instead of just staying in your hotel. However, if you are usually very busy, I recommend that you go for a relaxation holiday as you can get away and rest from the rush of your daily life.
My holiday to Chengdu was a very memorable one as I went to many interesting and fun places and it was also the first time I visited a country during winter. I went to Chengdu for a total of five days. On the first day of the trip, my family was very tired from the flight so we rested. On the second day of the trip, we went shopping in a shopping mall called Global Centre. I enjoyed myself as I was able to interact with the locals and shopped for items that were inexpensive. I bought many art supplies as my hobby is painting and drawing. I also went ice-skating with my cousins and sister. After that, we went to an ancient building that has been around for more than 100 years. All the shops there were very old and they sold items that were related to ancient Chengdu. I bought some souvenirs to remind me of that place.
On the third day, we went to the panda reserve. Chengdu takes a lot of pride in its panda reserve, as it has been so successful that it has managed to breed its pandas and they are now thriving in their 5-star reserve. I saw many healthy-looking giant pandas and I even caught a glimpse of a cute red panda! Not only that, I managed to carry one of the adorable baby pandas. After looking at all the panda enclosures, my parents bought some unique panda stamps for me. I learnt that the Chinese worked extremely hard to have their own panda reserve which they finally succeeded in doing.
On the fourth day, my family and I went tobogganing on Chengdu’s snow mountain. We took a cable car up the mountain as it was very steep. As it was my first time seeing snow, I was very thrilled by the sight of it. We each bought a toboggan and slid down many steep slopes. Later, we ate the local food for lunch and it was really delicious. My family and I really enjoyed eating the Chengdu hot pot, which was great during cold weather. It consisted of a spicy broth and many vegetables and meat inside. On the last day of the trip, I felt very reluctant to go home as I really enjoyed my trip to Chengdu.
All in all, I had a great time in Chengdu and I was also exposed to the culture and different way of life of the Chinese. I know that you will enjoy your experience too and look forward to leaving for your trip.
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