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dateline: 25 September 2019

Massive Starfish Airport Opens in Beijing

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • massive: very big
  • public: everyday people
  • facial recognition: technology that identifies people by features of the face
  • coincide: to occur at the same time
  • anniversary: a date that is marked at the same time each year

Massive Starfish Airport Opens in Beijing

A huge new airport officially opened to the public in Beijing this week. Beijing Daxing International, the second major airport, was designed in the shape of a starfish. It was designed this way to save time for travellers who need to get from one area of the airport to another. The multimillion dollar airport has many high-tech features, including recognition for security. By 2020, China will likely pass the US as the world’s largest air travel . The grand opening of the airport coincides with the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China on 1.

Comprehension Questions

1. Beijing's new airport is the shape of a

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Beijing's new airport is the shape of a starfish.

2. The Daxing airport has security features that use

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The Daxing airport has security features that use facial recognition.

3. October 1 is the

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October 1 is the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China.

Discussion Question

Do you think it makes sense for a massive airport to be designed with this unique shape? Why or why not?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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