Here are some recommendations for tourists to choose from.
Banff, located in the Rockies, has a view of tall mountains, deep valleys and lakes, making it the first town to become part of the country’s national parks. Tourists can enjoy its beauty by hiking, horse riding and boat trips. Banff was founded in 1883 while a railroad was in construction. It was the water springs that drew the engineers’ attention to the place as a settlement. With such a fantastic view, it’s no surprise that Banff hosts a number of cultural festivals.
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, with the warmest winters of any major European city.
Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The former was built in the 16th century as a symbol of Portugal’s Extraordinary Age and the latter is one of the greatest examples of the Portuguese late-Gothic style of architecture. The Lisbon Oceanaium is among Europe’s finest aquariums. The Museu Calouste Gulbenkian is among the best museums in Europe containing priceless artworks covering 4000 years from ancient Egyptian times to the late 20th century.
Portland is frequently recognized as one of the world’s most environmentally-friendly cities because of its well-built pavements, large community of cyclists and convenient public transportation. Its climate is ideal for growing roses and it’s called the “City of Roses”. Besides, the seaport is also known as a city of beer: it has the largest number of beer breweries（啤酒厂）of any city in the world. Today’s Portland is better known for its music. It’s called “the capital of karaoke” and “one of the most exciting music scenes” in the US.
Bordeaux attracts tourists with its rich cultural heritage, especially its wealth of architectural treasures. Besides the Cathedral of Saint Andrew dating back to 12th century, the Basilica of Saint Michael is another one of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It took 200 years to build from 14th to 16th centuries. Other significant buildings include the Grand Theater built in 1780 in the new Classical style and the Stone Bridge built in 1821.
48．What may be the main reason for Banff to host a number of cultural festivals?
A．It’s the first town in the country’s national parks.
B．It provides impressive view with its natural beauty.
C．It provides horse riding, winter sports and boat trips.
D．Its water springs drew engineers to build a railway here.
49．What can we know about Lisbon?
A．Lisbon enjoys the warmest winters of all European cities.
B．The Lisbon Oceanaium is recognized as the world’s finest aquarium.
C．The Museu Calouste Gulbenkian is one of the largest museums in the world.
D．Jeronimos Monastary is typical architecture of the Portuguese late-Gothic style.
50．What’s Today’s Portland best known for?
A．Karaoke bars and music. B．Ideal climate for roses.
C．Well-built walkways. D．Convenient public transportation
51．Which city will probably appeal to an architect most?
52．Where are tourists likely to be impressed by UNESCO World Heritage Sites?
A．Banff and Portland. B．Lisbon and Bordeaux.
C．Portland and Bordeaux. D．Lisbon and Banff.
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