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BBC随身英语:让我们到海边去

2006-07-06 11:18BBC China

Let's Go to the Beach!

 
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Most visitors to the UK come here expecting the rain and miserable weather for which the country is famous.

However, when summer finally does arrive, the British people like nothing more than packing their trunks and swimming costumes and heading for the coast.

The UK is, after all, an island, and with 12,400km of coastline to explore any visitor to the UK will be spoilt for choice.

Here are some of the more famous resorts that you could expect to visit on a trip to Britain.

Blackpool, in the north-west of England, is the most visited resort in the UK. Each year around 6.5 to 7 million people come to enjoy the miles of sandy beaches, the 158m Blackpool Tower and the 11km-long Golden Mile, where there are entertainments, pubs, ice rinks and even a zoo. A firm family favourite, it has also become a popular destination for stag and hen parties.

At the other end of the country on the south coast you can find Brighton. Until 1786, Brighton was a sleepy village. Then the future king George IV decided to build a residence there, and over the years Brighton grew into the large, cosmopolitan centre it is now.

Apart from the beaches, Brighton is famous for its pier. On the pier there are theatres, entertainments and restaurants. Brighton is also fantastic for shopping.

If you fancy travelling a little further, why not go to Cornwall in the far south west of the UK? South Cornwall offers miles of sandy beaches and beautiful scenery. The climate here is warmer than the rest of Britain and you can even find palm trees.

For a bit more excitement, go to north Cornwall. The scenery here is more dramatic, and the beaches are famous for their powerful waves. As a result, North Cornwall has become the home of British surfing.

One word of warning though, if you are using the roads in the UK on bank holidays or during school holidays, you can expect long traffic jams on the motorways. It might be better to take the train.



GLOSSARY 词汇表

miserable weather 令人压抑的天气

swimming costumes (女) 泳装

resorts (旅游,海滨)胜地

stag and hen parties 在嫁娶前, 男女各方召集同性朋友狂饮狂欢的聚会

pier 码头

palm trees 棕榈树

surfing 冲浪运动

bank holiday 公共假日

motorways 高速公路

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