| Hot Springs 寶島溫泉鄉 內容由 普及美語雜誌社 提供
Taiwan is located on the Pacific Rim of Fire. This means there are many underwater volcanoes nearby, and the area suffers from many earthquakes and other disasters. Yet, there is one good thing about living on the Pacific Rim of Fire: there are plenty of hot springs. As a matter of fact, Taiwan is ranked in the top 15 sites around the globe for enjoying hot springs. They are perfect for people who want to relax and recharge themselves after a long week. Also, regular trips to hot springs are said to help the elderly live longer and feel younger.
In many places around Taiwan, hot spring water is piped into hotels. There, people can get away from their busy lives for a few hours or a few days. Outdoor hot spring pools are also special attractions in Taiwan. Tourists and local people often come to these areas to cook eggs and other foods in the hot water. However, spending time in the hot spring is the real fun. Being outdoors in steaming pools is an amazing experience. Green trees and blue skies help get rid of all of the aches and pains. Plus, it gives you a chance to enjoy scenery that you may have neglected. For a more heart-pounding experience, people jump out of hot springs and into cold water. This can make you feel refreshed and might even have health benefits.
1.rank vt. 確定……的地位，排名（多用被動）
Lynn was ranked third in the beauty contest.
2.relax vi. & vt.（使）放鬆
Just relax. Everything will be all right.
3.recharge vt. 使恢復精力
Kenny took a week off to recharge himself.
4.neglect vt. 忽視；忽略
Ian was so busy that he neglected his family.
5.refresh vt. 提神（本文以過去分詞作形容詞用）
A cup of black coffee can help refresh you.
1.Pacific Rim of Fire n. 環太平洋火山帶
2.volcano n. 火山
3.hot spring n. 溫泉
4.pipe vt. 用管道輸送
6.heart-pounding a. 心跳加速的
- Jan 09 Wed 2008 09:34