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Lesson: Forbidden City in Beijing
Setting the scene:
The family arrives in Beijing
on Saturday morning. A guide named Mei and her uncle take them from their hotel to several famous
city sites. It is a cool spring morning. Birds chirp in nearby trees.
People in This Story:
Ching (old man);
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"Speed Talk" is in pink; meaning is in [brackets].
Welcome to China and Beijing. My company directed me to act as your guide while you are here.
I am honored to serve. This is my niece, Mei. She also works in the company and asked to
Hello, my friends. What do you wish to see first?
I've got a hankering to see the famous
Great Wall of China.
What about that?
Oh, we scheduled that visit for tomorrow. May we take you somewhere else?
[Laughing] Cool your jets,
hoss. Mom already thought of
I think we should see the Forbidden City.
A most excellent desire, which we are pleased to fulfill. Please come this way. We have a vehicle
just around the corner.
Thank you, Mister Ching. I appreciate that the company did not schedule my class until
Wednesday. It gives me a chance to wind down.
Yes. We anticipated that need. In addition, we hope you will enjoy the beauty of our city.
together and arrive at an extensive city square. The vehicle halts near a sprawling set of
Here is the entrance to the Forbidden City at
Please follow me. Soon you will see a
That's a passel of people! What's
in the building over there, Mister Ching?
It contains the Throne Room.
Not far away, we can stop at Nine Dragons Wall.
That sounds interesting. Dad, I'll take a picture of your
mug at that
Make it a good one, Mel.
Let's stop inside this building. I see an exquisite
There certainly is much to see in the Forbidden City.
Do you have time to visit
our zoo? I hoped to show you a Giant Panda.
That's a peachy idea. Let's go.
Right on! I'm actually
keen about that.
Mister Ching and Mei, I think we'll need a
break after the zoo.
Otherwise, we'll be too tired for tomorrow's trip.
Of course, I understand and agree with you. Last stop for today will be the zoo.
Then, you can eat dinner with us at a fine Chinese restaurant.
It better be good. Mom is a great cook. She makes excellent
Sweet and Sour Chicken.
[The family visits a section of the ancient
Great Wall of China.
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The Great Wall.]