Jerry and Fei are walking down the street on a cold, windy Beijing afternoon.
Fei: It's so cold, I can't stop shivering! I hate winter!
Jerry: Oh, it's not so bad. I mean, it could be worse. Imagine if you lived in Heilongjiang or somewhere like that.
Fei: Well, what's winter like in New York? It must be better than here in Beijing.
Jerry: Actually, it's worse! Not only is it colder with more snow, but winter lasts longer as well.
Fei: That sounds terrible. People there must be happy when February comes around. They can really look forward to spring.
Jerry: Actually, February is the worst month of the winter. And we usually have snow in March, often in April too. In a very bad winter, we can even have snow in May!
Fei: Oh, that's terrible! How can people live there?
Jerry: Believe it or not, many people look forward to winter.
Fei: That's hard to believe. Who would be so crazy?
Jerry: People who love to ski or ice skate would be so crazy. For them, winter is the best season of the year.
Fei: I guess I can understand their feelings. Maybe I should learn to ski or ice skate.
Jerry: I used to ice skate a lot when I was younger. Is there any place we can go ice skating in Beijing?
Fei: I know of one ice skating rink, in Guo Mao.
Jerry: You mean, we can go skating in the shopping center?
Fei: Yes, there's a rink right in the middle! People skate in the basement, while people on the first floor can watch them from above.
Jerry: Maybe we should go there once, just to try it.
Fei: Well, it's a bit expensive. Oh, I know! We can go to Hou Hai to skate! It's much cheaper.
Jerry: It's cheaper to skate on the pond, but wouldn't you get cold skating outside?
Fei: It's no problem, I could just wear more clothes. You know, maybe I'll start to enjoy winter!
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