The quiet life of the country ahs never appealed to me. City born and city bred. I have always regarded the country as something you look at through a train window, or something you occasional visit during the weekend. Most of my friends live in the city, yet they always go into raptures at the mere mention of the country. Though they extol the virtues of the peaceful life, only one of hem has ever gone to live in the country and he was back in town within six months. Even he still lives under the illusion that country life is somehow superior to town life. He is forever talking about the friendly people, the clean atmosphere, the closeness to nature and the gentle pace of living. Nothing can be compared, he maintains, with the first cockcrow, the twittering of birds at dawn, the sight of the rising sun glinting on the trees and pastures. This idyllic pastoral scene is only part of the picture. My friend fails to mention the long and friendless winter evenings in front of the TV -- virtually the only form of entertainment. He says nothing about the poor selection of goods in the shops, or about those unfortunate people who have to travel from the country to the city every day to get to work. Why people are prepared to tolerate a four-hour journey each day for the dubious privilege of living in the country is beyond me. They could be saved so much misery and expense if they chose to live in the city where they rightly belong.
If you can do without the few pastoral pleasures of the country, you will find the city can provide you with the best that life can offer. You never have to travel miles to see your friends. They invariably lie nearby and are always available for an informal chat or an evening's entertainment. Some of my acquaintances in the country come up to town once or twice a year to visit the theatre as a special treat. For them this is a major operation which involves considerable planning. As the play draws to its close, they wonder whether they will ever catch that last train home. The cit dweller never experiences anxieties of this sort. The latest exhibitions, films, or plays are only a short bus ride away. Shopping, too, is always a pleasure. The latest exhibitions, films, or plays are only a short bus ride away. Shopping, too, is always a pleasure. There is so much variety that you never have to make do with second best. Country people run wild when they go shopping in the city and stagger home loaded with as many of the exotic items as they can carry. Nor is the city without its moments of beauty. There is something comforting about the warm glow shed by advertisements on cold wet winter nights. Few things could be more impressive than the peace that descends on deserted city streets at weekends when the thousands that travel to work every day are tucked away in their homes in the country. It has always been a mystery to me who city dwellers, who appreciate all these things, obstinately pretend that they would prefer to live in the country.
The gap of living has more and more distance between city and countryside. What is the reason in your country? How can reduce this kind of difference?
The living standard gap between city and countryside is bigger and bigger. In my country, dozens of rural young people have been absorbed high salary and comfortable living in the big city. So more and more young people select to work in the city and abandon farming for a better future. In this essay we will examine the problem of the increasing living standard gap between city and countryside and the solutions, such as improving educational level and economy in the country.
The main reason is the different standard of education between the city and the countryside. Because of poverty, dozens of country students lose the chance to study at school. So country people's educational level is too low to find jobs of high salary. Commonly high salary requires high educational level. Manual labor means low salary: therefore, the country people will be poorer. It will become a bad circle.
Another reason is that economic development is not balanced between city and countryside. Such as both Traffic and transport are not convenient, information to be received slowly and industrial institution is too simple, all of them are the direct and primary reasons to induce this kind of problem that the growth of countryside's economy less than city's.
As result of the gap in living standard between the city and the countryside, the outlook is somewhat grim. People already realize this problem exists and are trying to solve it.
For one solution, developed cities should spend plenty of money on building country schools and helping poor country family that they have the ability to support their children to go to school.
The second solution is uniting city and based on country conditions of nature to progress local economy specially. In most of the countryside, plenty of natural resources aren't utilized and developed. On the contrary, developing cities need lots of resources. They can help each other.
The important thing is that developed cities should provide help to change the country, in order to reduce the living standard gap between the city and the countryside.
City and Countryside
I prefer countryside to city. Because the environment of countyside is much better than the one in the city.
For example, The ground in the countryside is cleaner than the one in the city, it's quieter in the countryside then in the city and the air in the countryside is fresher while the air in the city is dirtier. Moreover, there are many noises in the city while it's peaceful in the countryside. And the trees are greener and taller in the countryside. Urban people are living a busier life. The only advantage of the city is that the road is wider than the one in the countryside.
Some people enioY the convenience of the city. First, there are many public places of entertainment, such as parks, cinemas, exhibitions, nightclubs and so on. And there ale also quite a number of schools, universities and scientific research institutions that provide good education. Second, the public transportation facilities are very convenient. Taxicabs, buses, trolley buses, and subways can quickly take people anyplace in the city. And third, shops and department stores are well stocked with goods of all kinds, high in quality and low in price.
Some people like the rural scenery in the country. First, it is close to the outdoors, the air being fresh and pure. Second, it is free from the noise and air pollution and traffic jams of the city. Third, gardening and fishing here are pleasant pastimes.
But the city and country have their own disadvantages. For examples, the pollution and traffic jam have become more and more serious in the city, while in the country life is relatively backward. Comparing this with that. however. I prefer to live in the city.
People in big cities are nice, friendly and helpful. They are polite to strangers. When you get lost, they are willing to show you the right directions. When you're hurt in an accident, they're also eager to send you to hospital at once. However, citizens don't know each other so well, because most of them are busy with earning their bread. While in the countryside, things are much more different. Almost everyone is so familiar with each other. They always say hello to each other on the way. Even though you are strangers, they also talk to you like old friends. And they are also happy to invite you to dinner in their homes.