©Ronan O’Connell via BBC
- What is your city known for?
- What place would you visit once the pandemic passes?
- geometric /jee-uh-ME-trik/
- greenery /GREE-nuh-ree/
- tropical /TROP-i-kuhl/
- vital /VAHYT-l/
- rely on (something) /ri-LAHY awn (SUHM-thing)/
[adjective] – a geometric pattern or arrangement is made up of shapes such as squares, triangles, or rectangles
The building is known for its geometric wall patterns.
[noun] – green foliage, growing plants, or vegetation
I suggest putting greenery along the hallway to make it look fresh.
[adjective] – of or characteristic of the tropics (= the hottest area of the earth)
The country is known for exporting tropical fruits to most countries in the world.
[adjective] – extremely important:
A good diet is vital for a healthy lifestyle.
[phrasal verb] – to need a particular thing or the help and support of someone or something to continue, to work correctly, or to succeed
We shouldn’t rely on one piece of evidence only.
There, we can see its modern architecture filled with traditional Islamic design located downtown. Its shiny skyscrapers have Arabesque patterns with geometric or floral decorations. Putrajaya’s goal was to have 350,000 residents but until today, it remains a spacious city with only 120,000 locals. Its primary feature, however, is its greenery. 37% of Putrajaya’s land is dedicated to parks and public spaces. The Putrajaya Botanical Garden houses more than 700 groups of tropical plants and the Rimba Alam Park is home to a successfully growing city-based lush forest filled with plants native to the nearby jungles. Additionally, the capital has 10 shared gardens where residents can grow fruits and vegetables.
Putrajaya Corporation’s Communications Director Tengku Aina Ismail said that Putrajaya hopes to be a vital eco-tourism destination. The Malaysian government is relying on its parks and greenery to attract more visitors once the coronavirus pandemic passes. “It’s not a perfect city, it could always be better,” says Ramakrishna, a resident from Kuala Lumpur. “But to make that city from nothing, just out of some old palm plantations, it’s pretty amazing. Hopefully, more tourists come and see what Malaysia managed to achieve there. It’s something special.”
- Based on the article, what was Putrajaya’s goal?
- How many residents does the city currently have?
- How many percent of Putrajaya’s land is dedicated to open spaces?
- What is the Putrajaya Botanical Garden?
- Where can Putrajaya’s residents grow plants and vegetables?
- Have you been to an “unexplored” place before? Please tell me more about it.
- What is the “greenest” city in your country?
- Which place mentioned in the article would you visit and why?
- What is your first impression of Putrajaya after reading the article?
- What must Putrajaya’s local government do to boost the city’s tourism?