IELTS Speaking Topic(Scenery): Describe a Landscape in Your Country – Cue Card Sample 58
In the IELTS Speaking section, one of the most common question types is the Cue Card Speaking prompt. The IELTS Cue Card topics will prompt you to formulate a response and speak on the given topic. To attempt this question, you must narrow down the essential questions on the given topic to answer within the given time. Consider the sample Cue Card below. Study the types of questions that have been formulated based on the cue card and how to go about with your response:
IELTS Speaking Topic(Scenery): Describe a Landscape in Your Country
You should say:
- where the landscape is;
- how people can get there;
- what special things that foreigners would like to learn;
- and explain why it is an interesting place for international tourists
Sample Answer 1
India is a nation that supports diversity in every form, be it culture, values or landscapes. Here, I would like to talk about the Himalayan Mountain range, also known as the abode of snow. It stretches across five significant states of the country, such as Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh along with the Seven Sisters of Northeast, namely Assam, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and Manipur.
To reach this landscape, there are three varying routes. The one starts from Amritsar to Chandigarh. The other route is in Northeast that starts from Delhi to Varanasi. The last one is Leh-Ladakh that begins from Delhi and ends at Delhi. One can reach the landscape through aeroplane, train, bus or a personal vehicle as well.
There is a variety of things here that attract foreigners. They can take a shikara ride in Dal Lake. Additionally, they can take a car ride from Gulmarg to Kongdoori, relishing the scenery through the way. And then, paragliding in Bir Billing, river rafting in Rishikesh, driving through the Nathu La Pass in Sikkim, exploring the centuries-old root bridge in Meghalaya and some of the additional things to be done here that are pretty exciting.
Sample Answer 2
Vietnam is blessed with a variety of astonishing landscapes, many of which have been recognized as UNESCO’s heritage and national treasures. From the northern mountainous areas to the Mekong delta, you can come across hundreds of signature tourist attractions, and if you’re into exploring local mountainous lifestyles and breathtaking scenery, Sapa is destined for you.
Sapa might not be a familiar name to travelers around the world, but it’s a must-go destination for those who enjoy the fresh air and the unique practices of a large circle of ethnic minority groups residing here. Sapa is an incredibly picturesque town in northern Vietnam, along the border with China. Visitors can get there either by bus or train from Hanoi and because there are quite many schedules for tourists to choose from, you can be active in planning ahead your journey. More interesting, Sapa can also be reached by motorcycle from Hanoi by a variety of routes; so if you don’t mind 10 hours being on the road, go for it. One of the most intriguing features of Sapa is its weather. It is said that you can experience four seasons in one day. Chilly winter in the early morning, springtime after sunrise, summer in the afternoon and cold winter at night. Sapa is home to many ethnic minorities like H’mong, Muong, Thai, Hoa, to name a few, with rich cultural diversities. Best way to learn and explore local customs is to live like a local. I would recommend a homestay if you love the authentic mountainous lifestyle. People are so hospitable that they would introduce you to everyone within vicinity and welcome you with open arms. Traditional markets on weekend is another thing you can’t miss where handicrafts, ethnic style clothing, fresh produce, medicinal herbs and other tribal artworks are on display. All those things make Sapa an exceptional attraction for foreign travelers who wish to discover Asia’s, especially Vietnam’s culture.
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- Astonish (a): very surprising; difficult to believe
Eg: John was astonished by the boss’s decision to promote him.
- Picturesque (a): pretty, especially in a way that looks old-fashioned
Eg: IIM Kozhikode is situated in a picturesque location.
- Intriguing(a): very interesting
Eg: Her version of the story seemed to be intriguing.
- Diversity (n): variety
Eg: The teacher taught the students to appreciate the diversity of other cultures.
- Authentic (a): true and accurate
Eg: Many tourists find it difficult to understand the difference between authentic Indian craftwork and imported imitation.
- Hospitable (a): generous and friendly to visitors
Eg: Meera’s mother is a kind and hospitable woman.
- Vicinity (n): the area around a particular place
Eg: There’s a cafeteria, a retail store, and an ATM center within the vicinity of the hostel.
- Exceptional (n): very unusual
Eg: The faculty members of the institute have a piece of exceptional knowledge in their respective domains.