Teacher’s note: The first class starts. What comes to your mind when you see …. Tourism. Tourist attraction. What kind of place would become a tourist attraction?.
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What kind of place would become a tourist attraction?
In addition to the grand building, what else attracts your attention?
In addition to the splendid sea, what else attracts your attention?
In addition to the animals, what else attracts your attention?
In addition to the stones, what else attracts your attention?
In addition to the white marble building, what else attracts your attention?
In addition to the splendid rock-cut architecture, what else attracts your attention?
With the development of transportation and the cost down of package tours, tourism booms.
Is tourism really beneficial?
Wild guess: What do you expect to learn from this reading, according to the title?
After the confrontation with the make-up artist, where did the participants go?
Why were they sent to the waiting rooms of different clinics instead of movie theaters, parks, etc.?
（23）At the entrance to one of the ancient temples of Petra in Jordan, there is an inscription carved deeply into the soft red rock. It looks as if it has been there for centuries. It could have been written by one of King Herod’s soldiers, when they were imprisoned in this town in 37 B.C. But closer inspection reveals that it is not so ancient after all. It reads:
Shane and Wendy from Sydney were here. April 16, 1996.
Easy question（38）: What color of the rock did people carve the inscription on?
（柏翰）The ruins of Petra were discovered in 1812, but a recent report has concluded that they “are in grave danger of being destroyed by the unstoppable march of tourism.” More than 4,000 tourists a day tramp through Petra’s rocky tombs, wearing away the soft red sandstone, and gradually turning it into a powder. Some thoughtless visitors have so little reverence for this sacred place that they think nothing ofscratching their names on the rock there.
（紹詳）However, it is not just Petra that is under threat of destruction. More than 600 million tourists a year now travel the globe, and, understandably, vast numbers of them want to visit the world’s most treasured sites, such as India’s TajMahal, England’s Stonehenge, and the national parks of Kenya. Many destinations that were once too remote to visit are now just a flight or bus trip away, and many have become part of inexpensive package tours. Because of the tourist industry, these sites are now beingvisited by millions of people annually.
（子齊）Tourists are flocking to the neighborhood of the Mediterranean Sea, too. The population of 130 million there can swell to 230 million each summer. The once splendid and untouched landscape there now consists of mile after mile of hotels. Yet, this current rate of visitors to the Mediterranean is nothing compared to a disturbing projection made by the United Nations—the Mediterranean region could host 760 million holidaymakers by the year of 2025. In Spain, France, Italy, and most of Greece, there is very little undeveloped coastline left, and the Mediterranean Sea has become the most contaminated sea in the whole world.
Easy question（11）:How many tourists visit the Mediterranean Sea every year?
（1）To make matters worse, sightseers are causing serious damage to historic sites just by visiting them. Their sightseeing is actually destroying the very things that they want to see. For instance, 7,000 visitors an hour trample in and out of Notre Dame Cathedral each day. On a typical day, thirty-five buses, having let their passengers out, wait outside, with the fumes from their engines continuously eating away the delicate stonework of the monument.
Easy question（41）:How many visitors trample in and out of Notre Dame Cathedral each day an hour?