May to August 2019 IELTS Speaking Topic #53 Describe a period of time in the history of your country that you are interested in

Describe a period of time in the history of your country that you are interested in.
You should say:
when it was;
what happened during that period of time;
who played an important role in this period of time;
and explain why you are interested in this period of time.

I’d like to talk about the Tang Dynasty, which is generally regarded as a high point in Chinese civilization, and a golden age of cosmopolitan culture. The Tang Dynasty continued for roughly 289 years, from 618, when the dynasty was founded, to 907. Chinese culture flourished and further matured during the Tang era. And it is considered the greatest age for Chinese poetry. There was a rich variety of historical literature compiled by scholars. In the first half of the dynasty’s rule, Buddhism became a major influence in Chinese culture, with large number of Buddhist temples built during this period. Known as the Emperor Gaozu of Tang, Li Yuan seized power during the decline and collapse of the Sui Empire, and founded the Tang Dynasty. During the region of him, the Tang dynasty reopened the Silk Road to the West, gaining many new technologies, cultural practices, rare luxury, and contemporary items. From my perspective, China was one of the most powerful countries during the Tang Dynasty. Chinese culture blossomed in literature, arts and philosophy, and was widely spread around the world.

Part 3

How can people learn about history?
People can learn history in school by taking history lessons. They can watch films or videos on the Internet to know about what happened in the past. And they can read books about history to learn.

What do you think we can learn by studying events of the past?
We can find out the different between people in the past and at present. and we can learn some experiences from the past events.

What important events do you think might take place in the future?
Maybe Chinese will become the universal language and people around the world begin to learn Chinese and pass Chinese testing exams.

Are young people in your country interested in historical museums?
I don’t think so. Young people prefer to go the modern museums to appreciate the modern arts. But it also depends. some people who are interested in history may go the historical museums frequently.

Will museums be replaced by technology someday?
Maybe. If the museums be replaced by technology, people can appreciate the precise culture relic at home with the audio introduction and 3D models, which is also a good way for people to know about history.

How can more people become interested in history?
The government can make some historical public advertising and TV programme to arouse people’s interests in history. History museums can be free for the public, therefore, people have the access to get to know about the history.

What do most people like to do when they visit a historical site?
For most people, taking photos is the most important things. Besides, people want to know the details and background of the historical site.

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