Describe a place you visited that has been affected by pollution

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Describe a place you visited that has been affected by pollution

You should say:

  • Where it is
  • Why and when you went there
  • and how it has been affected by pollution

Sample Answer

One of the places that come to mind when talking about pollution would be Hanoi, I think. I went to Hanoi in late 2015 for business and stayed there for a couple of months in the winter. It’s definitely a nice city but the experience could be better, mostly because of the pollution that I experienced.

During the first morning that I was in the city, I went outside and there was a weird smog that covered the entire sky in grey. The whole day was dreary because of it and later, I noticed that it wasn’t the only day when that would happen. There were days when the weather was definitely sunny, because you could see sunlight on the street, yet when you looked up you could hardly see the sun. The smog completely shielded the sun from view, but I don’t think many people realized how serious that was, though.

The main method of transport in Hanoi is the motorbike and it’s probably one of the reasons why the city was so polluted. I used to travel by motorbike outside and because of that I was advised to wear a face mask to protect myself from all the dust and whatever particles in the air. But even though I wore a mask I could still feel the distinct smell of the fume that so many bikes were pumping into the environment through their exhaust pipes.

What was also striking was the river near the place that I stayed at. The water looked like a pitch blacksludge, and in fact, it was so black that I thought it was the city’s sewage line. The local folks told me that it was actually a river before getting polluted. It’s quite amazing actually that people managed to put up with this much pollution. But maybe if I had stayed longer, I would have learned to put up with it too.

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