Describe A Beautiful City

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a beautiful city.

You should say:

Where the city is?
How you knew the city?
What buildings the city has?
What it is famous for?
And explain why you think this city is beautiful.

Note: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

Model Answer:

There are many beautiful cities around the India, each with its own unique charm. However, one city that stands out for its vibrant culture and stunning architecture is Jaipur.

Where the city is?
Located in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan, Jaipur, also known as the “Pink City”.

How you knew the city?
I first came to know about through history books and travel documentaries. The city’s rich culture and heritage have always fascinated me.

What buildings the city has?
Jaipur is home to numerous stunning buildings and landmarks. The most famous among them is the Hawa Mahal, or “Palace of Winds”, a five-story structure with hundreds of windows.

Other notable buildings include the City Palace, a grand complex of courtyards and gardens, and “Jantar Mantar”, an astronomical observatory that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What it is famous for?
The city is renowned for its colorful markets selling traditional textiles, jewelry, and handicrafts. Walking through these bustling bazaars, you can see artisans crafting beautiful items, hear folk music playing in the background, and smell the delicious aroma of local cuisine.

And explain why you think this city is beautiful.
What makes Jaipur truly beautiful is not just its pink-hued buildings or historic landmarks, but also its lively spirit. The city is a blend of old and new, where tradition meets modernity. It’s a place that captivates you with its charm and beauty.

Overall, Jaipur’s rich history, colorful culture, stunning architecture, and warm people make it a truly beautiful city to visit. It’s a city that leaves a lasting impression on everyone who visits.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “describe a beautiful city”.

1. What are the differences between modern towns and modern cities?
Modern towns and modern cities are not much different. All facilities are now available at both places. However, there are 2 major differences. First difference is that cities have more density of population. Secondly, life is a bit slower in modern towns than in cities.

2. How can people preserve historical buildings?
There is so much people can do in this respect. I believe that the role of people is to visit them more often with friends and family, so that the government can have funds to maintain these buildings. Secondly, people should refrain from littering these places and writing on the walls. And finally, they should not indulge in vandalism.

3. Why do some people like to visit historical places?
People go to historical cities to learn/gain knowledge about the past, the way of life of the people in the past, their culture, their roots, and the architecture.

4. Why do people go to modern cities?
People visit modern cities for various purposes. Some go for work/business reasons, and some for tourism. Those who travel for pleasure to modern cities do so to experience a life, where modern technology is incorporated in every aspect of life and to learn and see how people there are using technology in their daily lives. Singapore is a very good example of such a city, where we can not only experience the modern way of life, but also see how they have used modernization to help preserve and enrich the environment.

5. What are the problems caused in maintaining historical cities?
The problems that maintenance of historical cities can cause are related to the funds required for the restoration and upkeep of the city. Another issue could be the pressure on the resources of that city because of tourism. Besides these buildings May ale up too much space which may otherwise be used for other purposes.

6. Do you think having too many tourists is a positive thing for historical attractions?
No, I don’t think so. I believe that too many tourists will lead to pollution and also will affect the upkeep of the historical sites. Such sites need a lot of care and maintenance and limiting the number of visitors to such sites can help maintain them, prevent damage to such sites, and also sustain tourism.

7. What can we do to stop visitors from damaging historical places?
To prevent the damage to historical places by the visitors many measures can be taken. There should be strict punishments, like high fines for the people who try to cause harm. There should be security personnel employed to ensure that no one tries to damage the historical places and along with that there should be security cameras installed to monitor the activities of the tourists. There can be tourist guides appointed, who also can ensure that no one causes any damage.

8. Do you think too many tourists is a positive thing for historical attractions?
In my opinion having too many tourists has both advantages and disadvantages. It ensures that our history and culture is passed to the future generation It brings revenue and business for the people of the city where the historical attraction is. Disadvantage: Too many tourists can cause damage to the historical attractions.

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