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Harbin Ice Festival 2023
Ever think of what Elsa’s ice palace might look like in real life Ice stairs, ice walls, and ice towers When winter approaches, Harbin turns into a kingdom of ice and snow.
The annual Harbin Ice and Snow Festival opens in late December and lasts for around 3 months, till late February.
What’s New for Harbin Ice Festival
Every year, there’s a unique theme for the Ice Festival. A huge Snowflake Ferris Wheel (摩天轮) has already been built inside the park. Visitors will be able to ride on the Ferris Wheel and overlook the ice castles in early 2023. For this upcoming festival, the highlight may be when the giant Snowflake is colorfully lit up at night, shining high in the sky.
Yearly Time Line
Dates Activities
Early December Ice Harvest
December Carving and Building
Christmas period Unofficial Opening
Jan. 5, 2023 Opening Ceremony
Jan. 18 to Feb. 15, 2023 Special Celebrations for Chinese New Year
Late Feb. to early Mar. Ice and snow sculptures start to melt
Click here and Book Now! Tickets for Harbin Ice and Snow World are on sale now!*Dec. 25, 2022—Jan. 5, 2023: 170/person (half price for children)*Jan. 6, 2023—Feb. 28, 2023: 230/person (half price for children)
Contact us for available tour dates before they are fully booked.
As long as the ice and snow sculptures are open to visitors, it is impossible to take photos of the charming ice buildings without any visitors in! This might be different from what you see in the media (that have special access).
1. What’s the highlight for the festival
A.Visitors will be able to ride on the Ferris Wheel.
B.Seeing Elsa’s ice palace in real life.
C.The giant Snowflake is colorfully lit up at night.
D.A huge Ferris Wheel has already been built inside the park.
2. What will take place during the Christmas time
A.The festival will open informally.
B.There will be special celebrations.
C.The opening ceremony will start officially.
D.Ice will begin to be carved.
3. If a couple with their three kids go to see the opening ceremony, how much should they pay
A. 510 B. 425 C. 595 D. 680
After being attacked by Hurricane Ida’s 150 mph winds and torrential rains, hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast residents were left without power and fresh water this week as a 100-degree heat wave settled over the region. Ida smashed into Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane, ripping off roofs, knocking out transmission lines, flooding roads, and reducing some brick buildings in downtown New Orleans to rubble. At least eight people died in the storm and the toll is expected to rise as emergency workers search wrecked homes and businesses.
One of the most powerful hurricanes to ever hit the U.S. mainland, Ida brought a 5 to 12-foot storm surge that covered low-lying communities in southeastern Louisiana. Grand Isle is now “uninhabitable,” said Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng, with 3 feet of sand covering the entire barrier island and 40 percent of the buildings completely destroyed.
The storm caused a citywide blackout in New Orleans, but a Hurricane Katrina-level disaster was avoided there, thanks in part to the $ 14.5 billion spent on new levees, seawalls, and pumps after the 2005 storm. Experts are warning that Ida could worsen the Covid crisis in the Gulf Coast, as residents crowd together in homes and emergency shelters without immediate access to testing or medical care. ICUs in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama hospitals were already near capacity be- fore the storm hit. Nearly 1 million people are still without power across Louisiana, and authorities waned it could be weeks before electricity is restored. “If you have already evacuated,” said Gov. John Bel Edwands, “do not return here.”;
4. Which of the following best describes Hurricane Ida
A.Mild. B.Destructive. C.Uncontrollable. D.Impressive.;
5. What does the underlined words “the toll” mean in Paragraph 1
A.The death number. B.The heat wave.
C.The wind speed. D.The citywide blackout.;
6. What is one of the reasons for Grand Isle to be uninhabitable
A.The entire island is covered with sand. B.It is one of the low-lying communities.
C.The residents there can't wait to leave. D.Over half of its buildings were in ruins.;
7. What can be inferred about the attitude of Gov. John Bel Edwards towards the prospect of Louisiana
A.Ambitious B.Undoubted. C.Indifferent. D.Unconfident.
To really know a country, you need to understand its culture and history.
That was why journalist and media expert Zhang Ciyun began his work on a six-volume(册)exploration of ancient Chinese wisdom as reflected in myths, classics works, idioms, paintings, historical figures and architecture.
The English-language edition of the book series was unveiled at last week’s Shanghai Book Fair. The series caters for an increasing number of foreign readers who are deeply interested in traditional Chinese culture.
“The idea of the book series came to me nearly three decades ago, when I discovered how little foreigners knew about Chinese culture”, Zhang said. “Oh, they knew about kung fu movies, the Great Wall and the terracotta warriors, and had vague impressions of Chinese emperors. But they wanted to know more about Chinese culture.”
Zhang, a founder and former editor-in-chief of the English-language Shanghai Daily, is fluent in English. He draws on that skill to tell the stories of ancient China in the everyday language and experiences of native English speakers.
Zhang said ancient culture has had a far-reaching impact on the behavior and thinking of contemporary Chinese, and gives foreign readers insight into modern-day China.
He recalled a Shanghai Daily survey of readers that showed foreigners had great curiosity about Chinese culture. But at that time, books that might help them explore deeper into that culture were pieces scattered(散布)over different publications. There were no books in English providing easy access to Chinese history and culture.
“As a journalist working for an English-language newspaper, I really wanted to do something to meet that need,” he said. “I decided to use my writing skills to tell ancient stories about Chinese culture, especially its traditional aspects.”
He began his project in about 1993, beginning with a series of articles explaining the stories behind Chinese idioms. His first works were compiled into one book, which received positive feedback and was later translated into German and other foreign languages.;
8. What can we learn about Zhang Ciyun’s books
A.They involve various Chinese culture forms.
B.They have been translated into German.
C.They were not well received at first.
D.They were accomplished in 1993.;
9. Why did Zhang write the book series
A.To record ancient Chinese wisdom. B.To spread Chinese culture.
C.To pursue fame and interests. D.To promote Shanghai Daily.;
10. What can be inferred about foreigners’ learning Chinese culture in the past
A.No English books about Chinese ancient culture were available.
B.Foreigners showed little interest in learning about Chinese culture.
C.It was not convenient for foreigners to learn about Chinese culture.
D.English books on Chinese culture were published in large numbers.;
11. Which of the following best describes Zhang
A.Famous and humorous. B.Creative and responsible.
C.Ambitious but unlucky. D.Wise but conservative.
I grew up in libraries, or at least it feels that way. I was 12 in small town of Cleveland, just a few 13 from the public library. I went there several times a week with my mother. She and I would walk in together, but 14 we passed through the door, we each headed to our 15 section. The library might have been the first place I was ever given 16 .
Even when I was maybe four or five years old, I was 17 to head off on my own. Then, after a while, my mother and I would reunite at the checkout counter with our 18 . Together we’d 19 as the librarian pulled out the date card and stamped it with the checkout machine.
When I was older, I usually walked to the library by myself, 20 back as many books as I could. Sometimes, I did go with my mother, and the trip would be as happy as it had been when I was 21 . When I 22 my mother these days, since she died two years ago, I like to 23 us in the car together, going for one more impressive trip to our library.
My parents valued books. They believed that you read a book for the 24 of reading it. You didn’t read it in order to have a(n) 25 that had to be housed and looked after forever. The reading of the book was a journey. There was no need for 26 .
12. A.handled B.raised C.passed D.moved
13. A.blocks B.areas C.countries D.fields
14. A.as soon as B.as much as C.as far as D.as well as
15. A.limited B.favorite C.appointed D.energetic
16. A.justice B.pride C.freedom D.honesty
17. A.forbidden B.tolerated C.expected D.allowed
18. A.presents B.thoughts C.finds D.stories
19. A.wait B.walk C.wonder D.wave
20. A.paying B.earning C.giving D.carrying
21. A.small B.weak C.useful D.delighted
22. A.follow B.miss C.cure D.guard
23. A.note B.hold C.picture D.invite
24. A.opinion B.education C.experiment D.experience
25. A.candle B.instrument C.object D.paper
26. A.vehicles B.souvenirs C.satisfaction D.pleasure
Antarctica is the highest, driest, and coldest place on Earth. It is also the remotest, a fact which demystifies its unspoiled environment. It is difficult for people to get there, and not a comfortable place for people to stay once they arrive. 27
28 .They never melt. Even though Antarctica receives more sunlight than the equator, the temperatures are lower because the ice sheet reflects the heat back into space. Thus, the coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth was in Antarctica in July, 1983. Soviet scientists shivered (瑟瑟发抖) through temperatures that fell to minus 89.2 degrees Celsius.
Once completely inaccessible, 29 gold, uranium and oil are just some of the valuable resources which lie beneath the continent’s icy covering.
For centuries, Europeans wondered about the existence of a South-pole continent, but no one actually knew for certain Antarctica was there until 1820 when European explorers “discover” it. Since then, men have gone to Antarctica in search of adventure, testing their abilities. 30
31 Damage to the environment occurs as people come looking for resources beneath the ice, or carelessly leave their garbage behind. Currently, countries are working to ensure that the damage to Antarctica’s environment is minimized, and that the last wilderness on Earth will remain an unspoiled place.
B.It is widely described as the last true wilderness on our planet.
C.Measures are being taken to protect Antarctica.
D.Yet, Antarctica’s fragile and complicated ecosystem is threatened by its human visitors.
E.In the icy covering are buried few precious resources,
F.Antarctica has more recently been playing host to adventurers seeking excitement and companies looking to exploit this wild zone for profit,
G.Several teams of explorers set out in 1911 to be the first men to stand at the South Pole.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday authorized “a special military operation” in response 32 the appeal of the leaders of the “republics” in the Donbass region. In the Ukrainian capital of Kiev(基辅), 33 (explode) were heard at Boryspil International Airport and other places across the city.
Putin on Monday signed two decrees(法令) 34 (recognize) “the Lugansk People’s Republic” and “the Donetsk People’s Republic” 35 independent and sovereign states.“Our plans do not include the occupation of Ukrainian territories. We are not going to impose anything on anyone by force,” he said.
Putin called on “all people living on the territory of today’s Ukraine” to “ 36 (independent) determine the future of their own and children.”NATO has created fundamental threats year after year, expanding to the east and bringing its military infrastructure 37 (close) to Russian borders, Putin noted, seeing it as 38 matter of time.
Russia will not allow Ukraine 39 (have) nuclear weapons, he said, adding that Russia’s actions are not connected with infringing upon Ukraine’s interests 40 with protecting itself from “those who take Ukraine hostage.”
The conflict 41 (arouse) grave concern in the international community.
42. 假设你是高三学生李华。进入高三以来,很多同学晚上熬夜学习,上课打瞌睡。请你写一封以“规律作息,冲刺高三”为主题的倡议书。内容包括:
Dear fellow students,
I am Li Hua, a senior three student of our school.
Li Hua
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42. Dear fellow students,
I am Li Hua, a senior three student of our school. There exists a very common phenomenon among us that many students stay up late to study and fall asleep in class. Now, I am calling for everyone’s attention to this matter.
What should be stressed is that health comes first in the long journey to success. As far as I am concerned, we should take the following steps to prepare for Gaokao. First, we should focus on what the teachers say in class. In addition, we’d better make the most of the free time to finish the homework. Last but not least, we should try to form a good habit of going to bed early.
I firmly believe that we will make great progress by balancing our study and rest. So let’s take action now!
Li Hua