Mock Test 17 | Writing Task 2


You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. 

Write about the following topic:


International travel often leads people to have some prejudices rather than broad minds.

What are the main reasons for this phenomenon?

What do you think people can get a better understanding of the countries they visit?


Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.



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    Such is human nature to explore those exotic countries and feel the sense of refreshment. [Crack IELTS with Rob] Many people desire to expand their minds and enrich their experience of the world in the process of visiting their dream tourist destination. However, some problems inevitably ensure. Instead of feeling the pleasure of travel, what some sightseers feel are only cultural prejudice, conflicts, and misunderstandings.


    First, historical differences and diverse customs, to some extent, contribute to the bias, misunderstandings, and even hostility. A case in point is that eating dog meat is permissible and understandable in some minority areas in China or Korea. More precisely, Taiwanese people might be quite amazed when hearing or seeing dog meat is edible, for it is illicit and forbidden to persecute dogs in Taiwan. [Crack IELTS with Rob] It is conceivable that Taiwan tourists might be quite shocked and disappointed when visiting some Korean minority areas in Mainland China. People there always consider dog meat as delicious food.


    Further, some sightseers’ deeply rooted concept, and diverse life experiences account for the appearance of cultural prejudice. To illustrate, a kind of beneficiation like may your child become a dragon might be acceptable in the Chinese culture. [Crack IELTS with Rob] However, westerners might consider this a malediction or curse for their children, since the dragon equals to the monster in Western culture.


    Several methods should be adopted to help tourists minimize the potential cultural bias or emotional misunderstanding. Primarily, before paying a visit to a tourist destination, it is feasible to do a bit of research into the customs, histories, and local people’s lifestyles. For example, if a Western visitor aims to do some sightseeing in the Chinese minority or Korean areas, it is wise to get to know some taboos, learn some simple minority language and the minority traditions. [Crack IELTS with Rob] Also, efforts should be made by those tourist guides or local mass media to disseminate local cultures and popularize some relevant travel taboos. In this sense, people will acquire the first-hand knowledge and thus have a deeper insight into a new country.


    Overall, it is an easy task to iron out possible biases and conflicts before visiting some popular scenic spots. However, a memorable travel experience favors the prepared minds.


    Collocations and Idioms:

    1. feel the sense of refreshment: feel relaxed

    2. desire to expand their minds and enrich their experience: know more and experience more [Crack IELTS with Rob]

    3. permissible and understandable: is allowed and can be understood why

    4. illicit and forbidden: not allowed

    5. sightseers’ deeply rooted concept: some tourists’ thinking

    6. may your child become a dragon:  wish your child become a dragon

    7. minimize the potential cultural bias: make it less biased

    8. disseminate local and cultures and popularize: to have a better understanding about the local culture




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