Xue Mei: Hey，what are you reading? You’re so engrossed, you didn’t hear me even though I called you several times.
Renhao: Oh，I’m reading the advertisements，trying to figure out wher to go for the weekend.
Xue Mei: Then have you figured it out yet?
Renhao: The tentative plan is to go to Tanzhe Temple.
Xue Mei: Tanzhe Temple? I think I’ve heard of it. It’s supposed to have a very long history, very ancient.
Renhao: Yes，the scenery there is great, too.
Xue Mei: So, let’s go to Tanzhe Temple on the weekend.
Renhao: Self-drive trips are all the rage now. We can hire a car，invite our cousin and go together.
Xue Mei: Great, is it easy to hire a car?
Renhao: Sure. There are many car hire companies around.
Xue Mei: OK，then why don’t you ask around first.
Renhao: Hello，I’d like to hire a car. What procedures do I need to go through?
Staff: When would you like to use the car?
Renhao: This weekend.
Staff: What size car do you need?
Renhao: One that seats four or five people.
Staff: Have a look here. We have jeeps, SUVs and ordinary cars. Which type do you need?
Renhao: Do they cost the same?
Staff: Around the same. SUVs cost a bit more.
Renhao: Then we’ll get a jeep.
Staff: The jeeps here are all Beijing Jeep brand.
Renhao: We’ll take a Beijing Jeep. What’s the condition of your cars here? We’re going to Tanzhe Temple. There are some hilly roads.
Staff: All our cars are new. Besides, we do a full check before we hire them out.
Renhao: I feel better knowing that.
Staff: Please fill out the booking form，then show us your license and ID.
Renhao: Is this alright?
Staff: You need to include the time you will be using it.
Renhao: Oh, here, it’s done.
Staff: By the way, don’t forget to bring a deposit when you come to pick up the car.
Renhao: Deposit? How much?
Staff: Not a lot for the Jeep，3000 yuan.
Renhao: OK，I’ve got it.
Following the development of the Internet, it's much more convenient now for people to contact each other.
As people's income increases, more and more people are buying cars.
Temple and Mosque
寺 is a temple or mosque. 寺庙 is usually a Buddhist temple. 清真寺 is a mosque.
Tanzhe Temple is the oldest temple in the Beijing municipality. In fact, being founded in the 3rd century AD, it pre-dates the city of Beijing itself. When you visit the temple they tell you, first there was this temple, then there was a city. It's still quite a ways out of the urban area, but well worth visiting. Apart from the temple buildings and the beautiful mountain valley, I think one of the main attractions are the ancient trees inside the temple grounds, some almost 1000 years old.
One of the most famous temples in Beijing is 雍和宫, sometimes called the Lama Temple in English, after the Tibetan Lamas that inhabit the temple. This is the largest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of of Tibet. It also boasts the largest wooden buddha in the world, carved out of a single white sandalwood tree. The statue is 18m high and 3m wide, filling up a 3 or 4 story temple building.
Daoist temples are usually called 观 instead of 寺. The main one in Beijing is the 白云观, the white cloud temple. This is the main centre of Daoism in Northern China.
While in Beijing, you can also check out the main Confucian Temple 孔庙, wher countless scholars studied to pass the imperial exams.
There are also several Christian churches that date back to the Qing dynasty, and a 100-year old Islamic mosque in the 牛街 area. Something for just about everyone!
Substitution and Extension
1）多少……点儿 at least there is a minimum amount
At least I know a little bit about this thing.
2）你看着……吧 it's up to you
I can eat anything. You pick what you like.