The Cherry Trees of Washington, DC
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What types of things do tourists like to see and do in your nation’s capital?
What monuments, buildings, historical sites, and events are attractive to visitors?
What times of year (seasons) do most people visit your nation’s capital?
What do people expect to see when they visit Washington, DC?
What times of year are most popular for tourists?
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The Cherry Trees of Washington, D.C.
When you think about the things that attract millions of visitors to Washington, D.C., each year, you probably think about the monuments, the White House, the Capitol, the Library of Congress. But have you ever thought about the living things that are also a major tourist attraction?
Many Americans and international tourists make a special visit to Washington, D.C., in the spring to see the blooming pink and white Japanese cherry trees that circle the Tidal Basin and the Jefferson Memorial. The trees were originally planted as a gift from the people of Tokyo, Japan, in 1912. In 1910, a previous donation of 2,000 cherry trees had to be destroyed after they were infested with insects. Each spring, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, a two-week-long celebration, attracts tens of thousands of visitors from around the world to see the magnificent trees in full bloom.
Have you ever seen these magnificent blossoms?
Tell your partner about a place in your country that is attractive to tourists.
Why do they want to visit there?
What things are fun to see and do?
What events or celebrations are interesting to attend?
Tell about a significant historical event that happened in your nation’s capital.
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Use the expressions and vocabulary you learned.
Use the related resources below to learn more.
1. Pretend you are a tour guide in your nation’s capital, or some other interesting place. Include as many details as you can. You might want to show a picture of the place, if you have one.
2. Pretend you are planning to visit your partner’s country. Ask him / her about interesting places to go. Ask your partner to give you details about what to see and do.
3. Pretend you are making a video about a tourist site in your country. Discuss with your partner what you will include in your video.