Describe an enjoyable journey by public transport.
You should say:
Where you were going
Who you were with
What happened during the journey
And explain why it was enjoyable
I made a really interesting journey by public transport, a few years ago. I’d like to talk about this particular journey because it sticks in my mind really strongly. I wanted to go to Dali, in Yunnan Province. We set off from Kunming, and I wanted to take the bus, so that I could see the countryside and enjoy the scenery along the way. Today you can easily get a flight from Kunming to Dali, but I didn’t want to do this. In fact, I was with 2 friends, and they tried to convince me that getting a flight there was a better idea, but I didn’t want to do it. I pushed my point and insisted that we go to the bus station and find a bus. So, they agreed. You see, I’m really into photography and I write my own blog, and I’d heard that there was lots of amazing and varied scenery on the way from Kunming to Dali, mountain views, winding country roads and all sorts. Anyway, we quite easily got a bus at the bus station and set off around 7am. The bus was a small bus and it was really packed. There wasn’t much room and it wasn’t especially comfortable. But it was okay. The weather was nice, and the other passengers were pleasant, so we were lucky. On the way we chatted, ate snacks and generally enjoyed the scenery as the bus wound through mountain roads and along highways, and through woodland areas, tunnels, and above paddy fields. I loved the scenery. However, my friend started to get motion sickness, and we had to stop the bus a couple of times for him to get out and get some fresh air and he was even sick once. The driver was pretty sympathetic to all of this actually, and the passengers were kind and patient. I must admit I felt a bit guilty because I was the person wanting to go by bus on this long 10 hour cross-country journey, rather than take the plane! Eventually we arrived at Dali, we booked into our hotel (I had already booked it online) and we had a light dinner, some drinks with the owner -a friendly local man with fascinating stories- and we turned in for the night. The rooms were really comfortable and decorated in a traditional Yunnan style. I was really happy we made the trip overland rather than by plane, but I’m not sure my friend who was car-sick felt the same as I!!
1. Do you think it’s important to go traveling?
Travelling is really good for people. Though it can be tiring, and take some preparation, patience and energy, it’s a great way to expand the mind, learn about new regions of your own country, or even different countries and cultures. I think that everyone can benefit from travelling.
2. Do you think people will go traveling more often in the future?
I think that people will travel about the same as now. People are already travelling a lot more than they used to ten years ago, actually. But I think with recent events in the world, people will start to travel less and focus on more on staying in their home cities, working more online and travelling to places closer to them.
3. What do you think is the best form of public transport?
I think the best mode of public transport is a pretty hard thing to give an opinion about! I mean, it totally depends on where you are going and the purpose of you trip! For example, if you are going from Beijing to Bangkok, and you’re going on a business trip, then of course the plane is the best way of travelling there. If you were setting off on a one-month adventure with friends, then maybe you’d enjoy taking the train. I once took a train all the way from Beijing to Vietnam and it was really exciting, but you’d not want to choose this method if you were on a business trip! So, like many things in life, it depends on your aim, your goal, your purpose and the amount of time you have, as well, of course, as your personality and preferences.
4. Do you think technology will make public transport better in the future?
Yes, most certainly. We’ve seen a lot of evidence of this over the past 10 years. Trains now are super-fast and always, almost always on time, and flight times are less and less. Mobile apps have made it easier to book taxis in cities and so on. I imagine that technology will continue to advance and we will see constant improvements in public transport as a result.