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    Jules’ Undersea Lodge, named after the author of the famed maritime tale 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, is the world’s first underwater hotel. Originally built in the early 1970s as a groundbreaking research lab off the coast of Puerto Rico, the Lodge has been in business in Key Largo, Florida since relocating there and opening its hatch(1) to the public in 1986.

    Truly an innovation(创新的) concept, Jules’ Undersea Lodge claimed status as the world’s only underwater lodging available to the public until recent years when ecotourism had become all the rage. Many celebrities(2) have enjoying a stay including Steve Tyler of Aerosmith, John Fishman of Phish and former Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau.

    Visitors to Jules’ Undersea Lodge who are not certified divers will go through a 3-hour crash course in scuba diving before living up in their room for the night. After all, the entrance to the hotel is 21 feet underwater on the sea floor.

    After diving down and resurfacing through the wet room entrance, residents can doff(丢弃) their scuba garb(装) and enjoy all the conveniences of modern life 21 feet below the surface. Patrons(顾客) marvel at unobstructed views sea life in their natural settings through 42-inch windows. Completely stocked with modern conveniences like air-conditioning, hot showers, a stereo and a DVD player this hotel is perfect for the romantic getaway or the adventurer who truly desires a unique experience. Once underwater, visitors do not have to resurface until they desire. Dinner and breakfast are provided by the world’s only “mer-chef” and delivered promptly at 6:00 p.m. (dinner) and 8:00 a.m.(breakfast). I would recommend a stay at the Undersea Lodge to anyone with an adventurous spirit. For those seeking a truly unique wedding experience, why not take advantage of the wedding package?


(1) hatch n. 舱口

(2) celebrity n. 名人;明星

1. Jules’ Undersea Lodge now is an_______.

A. underwater lab               B. underwater training center

C. underwater hotel              D. underwater film center

2. Jules’ Undersea Lodge was opened to the pubic to_______.

A. meet the need of ecotourism

B. satisfy the special needs of famous people

C. attract diving lovers

D. realize the dream of a famous writer

3. We can infer from the passage that_______.

A. you can only go to Jules’ Undersea Lodge under the guard of professional divers

B. you have to carry your diving equipment when you enter Jules’ Undersea Lodge

C. there are many students staying in Jules’ Undersea Lodge

D. Jules’ Undersea Lodge is filled with compressed air

4. Jules’ Undersea Lodge might be most attractive to_______.

A. a romantic couple         B. a fisherman

C. an ocean expert           D. a professional diver

答案:1. C  2. A  3. D  4. A


    Until the invention of the steam engine, human traveled the earth on foot. The slow travel meant explorers frequently returned with stories about distant lands: some of them wild tales, some honest descriptions.

    Barbara Klion, who has retired, knows what that’s like. As a walker who has toured Australia, Kenya and China on foot, her trips are the modern edition of an ancient tradition for years. Klion and husband, now 75 and 80 years old traveled independently.

    Walkers know seeing the world on foot gives them a rare experience. Often travelers are attracted by local people and customs. They also get a beautiful and lasting impression of the scenery(1). Walking tours can be done in one’s backyard, but there are several destinations around the world that expose travelers to the best of nature and culture.

    What to look for? A famous guide says the essential(2) of a quality walk are great scenery, adorable weather, suitable level of difficulty and something like ecology, history or culture. There may seem like unclear instructions, but the fun of walking tours is that many things are determined by the traveler.

   Someone who appreciates hot climates, wildlife and flat areas could choose a walking tour in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. Travelers who don’t mind the cold and enjoy adventure could hike Patagonia, an area of southern Argentina, east of the Andes.

    In general, independent travelers can decide how far to go each day. While guests of a tour agency should expect to walk an average of four to eight miles a day. At the Fordland National Park, for example, there are several easy-to-difficult hikes, giving travelers many choices.


(1) scenery n. 风景

(2) essential n. 基本要素;必需品

1. Which of the following does NOT make a quality walking?

A. Great scenery            B. Acceptable weather

C. A helpful companion      D. Suitable level difficulty

2. Compared with guests of a tour agency, independent travelers_______.

A. can walk farther            B. have more choices

C. face more difficulties        D. spend less

3. What is the author’s attitude to walking tour?

A. Uninterested          B. Puzzled

C. Disapproving          D. Supportive

4. The best title for the passage is_______.

A. See the World on Foot        B. Barbara Klion, a Great Traveler

C. What to Look for            D. The Fun of Walking

答案:1. C  2. B  3. D  4. A


    World travel has moved on to a new level as new websites spring up to enable travelers to plan their trips online. Virtual tourism is the latest name of the game and although relatively new, it has seen some tourism websites grow to host over one million users.

    Typically, this development features a website that contains the answer to almost any tourism question. Tips and information are not provided by a single source, such as the website host, but rather from travelers themselves—often in the thousands. This has proven to be exceptionally beneficial for would-be travelers who are seeking information on questions such as where to find the best museum or beach, whether it is better to tour Brussels with a bicycle on foot, and which exchange rate bureaus are available in Italy. Questions about food and restaurants, tourist spots, safety, accommodation and other are all answered. In addition, posted tips promote better preparation, such as what to pack when heading for Sicily.

    Apart from the useful tips, visual images and virtual tours have also been made available. If you’d like to visit the Eiffel Tower, it’s a good idea to view the surrounding areas, to pick a safer train route, or to know that it’s very close to the Seine River and that a walk along it would enhance the experience.

    Virtual tours have sprung up globally. In South Africa, John Gore established the virtual Tour Guide in November last year. On his blog, Gore was quoted as saying, “The world is panoramic(全景的)”.

    We are able to turn our heads and look in all directions and get a feel for where we are, but the typical photographs cannot show or describe that experience completely. However, there is an answer—technology makes it possible to share the world around us in a 360-degree panoramic way, which really makes the viewer feel as though he or she is really there.

1. Why does virtual tourism become more and more popular?

A. Because online games are more and more attractive.

B. Because many new tourism websites appear and develop fast.

C. Because more and more people want to travel abroad.

D. Because it helps travelers save as much money as possible.

2. It can be learned from Paragraph 2 that________.

A. we can solve any problem on websites

B. we can get all our questions answered online

C. we can get many tips about tourism on websites

D. tips and information are mainly offered by websites hosts

3. What enables us to see world in a panoramic way?

A. Technology.

B. Photograph processing.

C. Information.

D. Virtual images.

4. What is the main purpose of the passage?

A. To introduce the history of tourism.

B. To introduce virtual tourism to us.

C. To attract more tourist to travel abroad.

D. To teach us bow to establish a website online.

答案:1. B  2. C  3. A  4. B


A Hard Trip一次辛苦的旅行

My sister was fond of traveling. Ever since graduating, she had been determined to organize a trip to an old temple. Since transporting fare was expensive, she decided to use a bicycle to cycle there not caring about the disadvantages. Her stubborn attitude was always her shortcoming. Once she made up her mind to do something, no one could persuade her to change her mind. Finally, we gave in as usual though we preferred to take a train. After we prepared everything, including the schedule, reliable weather forecast and the insurance, we began our trip.

Our journey was along a river flowing from a high altitude. Our pace was slow because the river frequently had many sharp bends through deep valleys, where the water seemed to boil. Just as I recorded in my journal, it was really a hard journey. But we also enjoyed great views. One night, I put my head on my pillow--a parcel of wool coats, and lay beneath the stars. When the flame in front of our cave went out at midnight, I found the sky so beautiful!





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