1. Are traffic jams a problem where you live?
Yes, definitely! Every morning around 9 and every single evening after 5:30, it’s rush hour and traffic gets congested (= heavy). It’s a big waste of time for everybody to get stuck in traffic. The problem is that more and more people have a private vehicle now, but the roads are still too narrow in my hometown. I am sure it is the same in most cities around China.
2. Do you feel that transport systems are getting better where you live?
No, it is getting worse. Although there are definitely more buses than in the past, there are also many more people living in my city than 10 years ago. So buses are packed all the time. In addition, since the economy is developing, many people are making good money and they can afford to buy an automobile. As a result, many people drive their own car in the morning instead of using public transportation, so traffic gets even worse. Buses should have their own lanes in order to be able to drive faster. I think it would encourage people to use public transport. Actually, I really think the government should regulate traffic according to license plate numbers, or completely ban cars from the city.
3. Do you think daily life is becoming noisier?
Without a doubt! The number of cars is growing and drivers always honk their horns, especially at intersections. In addition, most people in my city own an electric bike, which is equipped with an alarm that goes off whenever someone barely touches them. The sound is unbearable. Downtown, many shops play loud music to attract clients. I don’t know what they are thinking; I find it so annoying!
4. Are there any kinds of sound that you particularly dislike?
I hate it when a baby cries. It’s usually such a high-pitched sound. It’s so unpleasant, and the worse is that you have to pretend it is okay, because a baby is supposed to be cute...In addition, I find car horns extremely irritating. In my hometown, it is non-stop. It drives me crazy!
5. Do people in your country worry about the environment?
Unfortunately, I think that people only worry about the environment when they are really facing the problem. If the issue is happening in another province, people tend to ignore it. At the moment everyone complains about air and water pollution, and I know that the government is trying to implement a few laws and policies to improve the situation, but it doesn’t seem to be enough. The number of cars is growing day after day; rivers are not getting any cleaner. I am sure we could all do more to preserve the environment.
6. What can we do to protect the environment?
Well, first we should recycle.We can recycle plastic, paper, and glass.We should learn how to live without consuming so much. In addition, no one should litter(=throw rubbish on the ground), and we should all try to save water. Naturally, we should walk and ride our bikes whenever possible. Finally, we ought to ask the government to take effective measures, even if they seem drastic extreme) at first.