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Tiny town 小鎮

A man shoots video of the Moscow Panorama in Russia.
俄國一名男子在莫斯科袖珍模型裡攝影。 (照片:美聯社)

PHOTO: AP

What would you do if you looked out the window of a bus or car and saw a man this big walking around? You'd probably be more than a little scared!

Don't worry, the man in this picture is not a giant. He's just walking through a very, very tiny city.

This model of the city of Moscow was built in 1977, and was made to look like the city back then. In some ways, it is very different than Moscow was at that time, but many of the buildings are just the same. It looks a lot like the real city because the streets and buildings are all built to be exactly the height they would be if the city and its streets were that small. Many tiny details of the city look exactly the same as they do in real life.

Can you imagine how many people it would take to build a model of an entire city? The model is 16m wide, and it took 300 people to build.

In a city this big, there are no “tall” buildings. Even this four-story building only comes up to this man's knees!(Kayleen Hartman, Staff Writer)

如果你從一輛公車或汽車的窗戶向外看,卻看到一名如此巨大的男子走來走去,你會怎麼辦?你可能會大驚失色。

別擔心,照片中的男子不是巨人,他只是走過一個非常非常小的城市。

此模型建於一九七七年,是照莫斯科當時的模樣所造。就某些方面而言,它跟現在的莫斯科有很大的不同,不過許多建築仍一模一樣。它看起來很像真的都市,因為街道和建築都是仿造都市和街道縮小後的真實高度所建,許多小細節看起來和實際情況完全相同。

你能想像建造一整座城市的模型要耗用多少人力嗎?這座模型寬十六公尺,共有三百人參與建造。

在這麼丁點大的城市,沒有「高聳」建築,甚至這棟四層樓高的建築物也只到這名男子的膝蓋。(翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. giant n.

巨人 (ju4 ren2)

例: If I were a giant, I would drink out of a cup as big as a swimming pool.

(我如果是巨人,我就會用像游泳池一樣大的杯子喝水。)

2. model n.

模型 (mo2 xing2)

例: One of my favorite things to do is build models of airplanes and other machines.

(我最喜歡做的一件事就是組裝飛機和其他機器的模型。)

3. detail n.

細節 (xi4 jie2)

例: There is such tiny detail on this carving that you have to use a magnifying glass to see it all.

(這尊雕刻的細節微小到你必須使用放大鏡才能一窺全貌。)


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