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Describe a tourist attraction in your country that you would recommend

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 563 with Model Answer:

Describe a tourist attraction in your country that you would recommend.

You should say:
  • what the tourist attraction is
  • where in your country this tourist attraction is 
  • what visitors can see and do at this tourist attraction
and explain why you would recommend this tourist attraction.

[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 1:
One of the most captivating tourist attractions in India - my beloved motherland - that I would highly recommend is the Taj Mahal, located in the city of Agra in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The Taj Mahal is not only an architectural marvel but also a symbol of eternal love and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visitors to the Taj Mahal can witness the breathtaking beauty of this white marble mausoleum, which was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The monument is renowned for its intricate Mughal architecture, featuring symmetrical designs, intricate carvings, and stunning inlays of semi-precious stones. The most iconic view of the Taj Mahal is from the front, where its white-domed structure reflects the serene waters of the Yamuna River.

While at the Taj Mahal, visitors can explore its beautifully landscaped gardens, which are meticulously maintained and add to the overall charm of the monument. Inside the mausoleum, you can find the intricately designed cenotaphs of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, which are adorned with calligraphy and delicate floral patterns. Additionally, the Taj Mahal's history and architecture make it a great place for photography, and you'll often see both amateur and professional photographers capturing its beauty from various angles.

The reason I recommend visiting the Taj Mahal is not only because of its architectural grandeur but also because of the romantic and historical significance it holds. It's a symbol of undying love and devotion, and the story behind its construction adds an emotional depth that is palpable when you stand before it. Furthermore, the Taj Mahal is a testament to the rich cultural heritage of India, showcasing the artistic and architectural achievements of the Mughal Empire. It's a place where you can immerse yourself in history, culture, and art all at once.


Model Answer 2:
Thank you very much for this excellent topic. One of the most remarkable tourist attractions in Vietnam, that I wholeheartedly recommend, is the ancient town of Hoi An. It is located in Quang Nam Province in Vietnam. Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a gem that beautifully reflects the rich cultural heritage of Vietnam.

Hoi An is a town frozen in time, with its well-preserved architecture, narrow winding streets, and centuries-old buildings. What makes Hoi An truly special is its unique blend of cultures, resulting from centuries of trading with various nations, including China, Japan, and European countries.

Visitors to Hoi An have the opportunity to immerse themselves in its timeless beauty. The town is famous for its stunning lantern-lit streets that come alive at night, creating a magical and romantic atmosphere. Walking through the ancient streets, you'll encounter charming tea houses, traditional tailor shops, and local artisans practising their crafts. One of the must-visit attractions in Hoi An is the Japanese Covered Bridge, an iconic 18th-century wooden bridge that serves as a symbol of the town. Another remarkable site is the old merchant houses, such as the Tan Ky House, which showcases a fascinating fusion of architectural styles. Hoi An is also renowned for its delectable cuisine. The town's culinary scene is a delightful blend of Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese flavours.

What sets Hoi An apart is its cultural significance. It's a place where you can witness living traditions like the monthly Full Moon Lantern Festival, where the entire town is adorned with colourful lanterns, and locals release lanterns into the Thu Bon River, creating a mesmerizing spectacle.

As someone from Vietnam, I recommend visiting Hoi An because it embodies the essence of our culture, history, and tradition. It's a place where you can experience the beauty of a bygone era while enjoying the warmth and hospitality of the local people.

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