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This summer holiday, I went to Dalian with my family. We got there by air. Dalian is a very beautiful and modern city. On the bus, we could see all kinds of buildings which were great.
In the morning, we got to the hotel where we lived. After breakfast, we began to our travel. First we took the bus to the Sea Park. There are so many different kinds of fishes that I couldn’t believe my eyes. We also saw the show of dolphins. Then we had lunch in a restaurant. The seafood which was very famous in China was delicious.
After lunch we went swimming. The sea was blue and beach was golden. We all enjoyed ourselves in the sea. Finally we went back the hotel where we lived. We had a happy day.
In this trip, we also went to some places which were interesting and famous in Dalian, went shopping and so on.
Several days later, we left Dalian. On our way home, we were very happy. This was the reason why we didn’t feel tired. In all, we had a good holiday.
This month, I will travel to Changsha and Zhangjiajie with my two friends, which is supposed to be a seven-day trip. We will set out on 10th, June. Now, we have prepared many things, snacks and medicines included. Firstly, we will go to Changsha by plane. The tickets are cheap, so it’s a good choice to save time. We will stay there for two days. The main goal staying there is to enjoy the delicious food in Changsha. My friend has prepared a map of must-tries and I believe they must be good. Then we will go to Zhangjiajie by train. It’s not so far from Changsha, taking about five hours to get there. Zhangjiajie is famous for its wonderful mountains. The sceneries there are amazing that no one should miss. But we will have a tough journey for climbing high mountains, which is not easy for us all. This is why we will stay there for longer. In the end, we will go home by train. This is my plan for the journey. I am sure it will be a wonderful and fruitful journey.
a grandmother and a little girl whose face was sprinkled with bright red freckles spent the day at the zoo.
the children were waiting in line to get their cheeks painted by a local artist who was decorating them with tiger paws.
"you've got so many freckles, there's no place to paint!" a boy in the line cried.
embarrassed, the little girl dropped her head. her grandmother knelt down next to her. "i love your freckles," she said.
"not me," the girl replied.
"well, when i was a little girl i always wanted freckles" she said, tracing her finger across the child's cheek. "freckles are beautiful!"
the girl looked up. "really" "of course," said the grandmother. "why, just name me one thing that's prettier than freckles."
the little girl peered into the old woman's smiling face. "wrinkles," she answered softly.