- What kind of holiday do you like?
- Without question, my favourite public holiday has to be Spring Festival. There’s nothing better than being reunited with family and feasting on lots of delicious food while you catch up with them. The highlight for me is setting off fireworks and firecrackers, and it brings out the kid in me.
- Do you think the more public holidays the better?
- Without a doubt! I think you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t agree. Public holidays give a break from the daily grind, an opportunity to go travelling or just relax at home. It’s nice to have something to look forward to when you are at work.
- What did you do on your lastholiday?
- Last holiday I took a short break to Qingdao with my partner. It’s a seaside city and also famous for its beer, so we hit the beach, soaked up some sun and enjoyed a few glasses. It was nice to have a change of scenery and let our hair down.
- Do you think we should have moreholidays?
- Whilst I would like more holidays, I think we already have a lot of Chinese traditional celebrations and adding more would mean adopting Western holidays, such as Christmas or Easter. For this reason I think we should be cautious as we should not allow too many foreign holidays to dilute our own traditions.
- What do you usually do on traditional holidays in China?
- Holidays in China often revolve around the family and eating! Many people will travel home to see relatives or pay respect to those that have passed away, depending on the festival. A lot of the festivals have a specific type of food that is associated with it, such as zongzi, a kind of rice cake, or moon cakes.
Do you collect anything (as ahobby)?
Yes, I’m a casual collector and love to collect postcards. Every time I travel to a place, I’ll buy some postcards, which have hand-painted design and local landmarks. Well, although postcards may not be valuable in themselves, collecting these items help me jot good memory.
What are the benefits ofcollecting?
Well, it’s a terrific hobby for people, as we have to devote a great amount of time to study the background knowledge of certain things. Overall, it’s a good way to expand your knowledge in terms of history, geography and so forth.
Why do some people like collectingthings?
Well, it serves as a distraction that helps people focus on certain things and keep your mind off some bad habits, like smoking or drinking. In other words, collectors may shift more attention to the items of collection, which is a good way to break bad habits and usually modifies their aims later in life.
Do boys and girls usually collect the samethings?
Well, yes, I think. This interest tends to go beyond gender and age barriers. Stamps and coins collecting are normally their first choice, you know, it’s an enjoyable way to learn history. For instance, every coin or stamp has an interesting story to tell about people, places and events.
If you had a lot of money, what would you like tocollect?
Well, if I had sufficient money, I’d get into collecting some luxury handbags, which are in limited editions and may probably appreciate as time goes. I can have a one-of-a- kind from my favourite brand and show off to my peers. Well, at some point, if I had to, I could resell them which may result in large profits.
1. What kind of place is it?
A. As a matter of fact, I was born in a city where I still reside, which is New Delhi. As far as my parents are concerned, even they were born in New Delhi. This is a beautiful city with lots of evidence and marks of history, tradition and modernization. It’s the capital of India and indeed a massive metropolitan area which is situated on the north side of the country.
2. What’s the most interesting part of your home area?
A. The modern facilities that have been brought to my hometown are, in my opinion, the most interesting parts due to which I would say that I like my hometown. The medical facilities along with the education have really developed in the past decade or so. In terms of places India Gate, Lotus temple, Qutb Minar, The Red Fort are some interesting places and attraction in my hometown.
3. What kind of jobs do the people in your town/ village do?
A. My town mostly consists of the people who belong to the working class. As a matter of fact, due to the presence of quite a many government offices in the city of New Delhi, a majority part of habitats belong to the working class. Many of them work in Government and semi-government offices while many others work in private organisations and multinational companies. The numbers of business persons are quite high as well.
4. Is your hometown changing?
A. Yes, and in a very fast pace. Over the past few years, there has been a welcoming change as far as the public transport has developed. Apart from this, as already informed, there has been an increase in the area of medical facilities in the form of hospitals catering with up to date and latest machines. More and more people are coming to live in the capital city for better employment, education and treatment. As a result, the population here is also increasing.
5. Would you say it is a good place to live? Why?
A. Yes, it definitely is a good place to live in. There are various opportunities for the employment and education, the transportation facility is nice and the beautiful and planned city is indeed a nice place to live in.
6. What changes would you like to make to your hometown?
A. The one change that I would definitely like to make to my hometown is the safety for the women. Of late, there have been instances when women have been harassed in my city. This one thing has brought shame to my town, so it would be my endeavour to bring this change to my city. Apart from that, I would like to change the way some business markets have emerged. I would like the city to have more security and law enforcing force and security camera to monitor every street vulnerable to crime.