Describe a long car journey you went on.
You should say:
Where you went
What you did there
Who you went there with
And explain why you went on that journey by car
A long car journey that stands out most in my mind is a trip to inner Mongolia that I made with my elder brother and uncle a few years ago. We went from a city south of Beijing, all the way to the grasslands where my uncle has a friend. It was a great drive actually… when you get out of the city and down the main highways there are incredible views of the mountains, and then after a few hours they open out into large fields and grasslands on both sides of the road… the roads then get smaller, narrower and wind around hills and small valleys and out into the open again. It was fantastic and we took food with us – you know, some basic provisions to eat along the way. When we arrived we stayed in a traditional Mongolian yurt, we rode horses, we ate amazing barbecue lamb and we watched a man demonstrating how he tamed eagles and buzzards. It was a really educational trip in a way and it was wonderful to be somewhere with fresh air, open countryside and friendly people. The people are a different ethnic group to us, so that was also pretty interesting, as well as the fact that they speak a different language amongst themselves. It’s really fascinating to live in a country with such ethnic and cultural diversity. I enjoyed the trip a lot and would love to go back again. It’s more exciting to do a road trip than just travel somewhere by plane – you see the evolution of the country along the way and it feels more rewarding when you finally arrive at your destination.
1. Why do people like to have private cars?
It gives them a sense of great independence. They feel they are in their own personal space rather than in a public place. And also because in China public transport is quite crowded so it’s not always a pleasant experience being in a bus or train with other people. In a car you can listen to your own music, carry more things and so on.
2. What’s difference between men and women’s preferences on cars?
Men seem really into cars more than women. They also seem more attracted to powerful cars, big cars, you know, cars that might make them look cool. But also, women seem to care a lot about cars in my country – they are a status symbol and a sign that the family are successful. So a lot of women seem to care about cars from this perspective too. Generally, I think men prefer and enjoy driving more than women though, and tend to like fast powerful cars more – they get a thrill from driving fast if they get the chance.
3. What will cars be like in the future?
Well, I’m absolutely certain that cars will be mainly electric in the near future, that’s for sure. Also there have been a lof of developments in automated driving – cars being able to drive without a driver – though this is still in the early stages. I’d like to think that cars will be able to fly, but I think this is not something we will see in the next few decades. Also I think, to be honest, there will be less cars and more advanced automated public transport, partially due to the need to reduce traffic congestion in cities and encourage a greener environment.