Grade 9 Unit 1 Topic 1 Section C

Changes in Beijing

I’m Kangkang. For this report I have interviewed my grandmother. She has lived in Beijing for more than forty years. She has seen the changes in Beijing herself.

In the 1960s, the living conditions in the city were poor. The roads were narrow and there weren’t many ring roads. Big families were crowded into small houses. Many families couldn’t get enough food. Few children had the chance to receive a good education. People had little money to see a doctor. And there were few hospitals. People kept in touch with their friends and relatives far away mainly by letter or telegram.

China has developed rapidly since the reform and opening-up. More and more ring roads and subways have appeared and buildings in Beijing are becoming taller and brighter. People’s living conditions have improved a lot. And there are more kinds of food and clothes to satisfy people’s needs. Children can study not only in modem schools but also on the Internet. People can enjoy good medical care.

What’s more, communications are becoming easier and quicker— people can use telephones, cellphones, fax machines and the Internet.
Beijing has made rapid progress and it has already succeeded in hosting the 2008 Olympic Games. I think it is important to remember the past, live in the present and dream about the future.

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