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First full day in Chongqing! August 3rd /来自中国重庆的问候!

Greetings from China!

This is the first blog post from the Canadian-Chinese Biology Field Course that is happening from August 1st to August 21st (for Canadian students) and until August 29th for Chinese students. Students on the course will be updating this blog daily – we are Team Eel and we’re happy to be the first group to begin the blog!

We’ll start off by writing about how we all arrived here in China. The Canadian students met at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario at 10am (except two students from Vancouver) and proceeded to get acquainted, check-in and eventually board the plane for a 14-hour flight to Pudong Airport in Shanghai. Here we met up with the Canadian students from Vancouver and the Chinese students from Fudan University. In total there are 11 Canadian students from many universities across Canada such as Queen’s University, Trent University, University of Western Ontario, University of Northern British Columbia, University of Ontario and University of Waterloo. There are 7 students from Fudan University as well as 6 students from Southwest University and 1 student from Northwest University.

Once we had all exchanged names we checked-in our luggage and ate at a Chinese restaurant in the airport, where the Chinese students had fun translating the menu for the Canadians! After dinner we boarded a plane to Chongqing to meet up with the Southwest and Northwest students. Once we arrived at the Jianbei Airport we hoped on a bus and headed to Southwest University, where we are currently staying. The rooms are very nice, with TVs, air-conditioning and hot showers. We were all pretty tired from the flight and fell asleep right away.

The next day we all met up for breakfast at 8am on campus, which was served as a number of dishes that we all shared at each table. It tasted great! After breakfast, we went to a nice air-conditioned lecture hall, where Drs. Wang, Lougheed and Jin and TA Mingzhi Qu gave introductions of themselves and the course. We then split into 7 groups of 3-4 students, one student from each university, and exchanged introductions and gifts. After the lecture we had lunch, which consisted of many dishes and a lot of food!

Following lunch we boarded a bus to downtown Chongqing, specifically to a fish market. Here we identified various species of local fish as well as fish from other cities, such as Guangzhou and Fujian. Once we identified the fish we broke off into our separate groups to complete a Scavenger Hunt, where we had to find locations and record their GPS coordinates as well as take a photo of each one. The instructions were written in Mandarin, so the Chinese students had to explain the locations to the Canadian students within their groups.

Each group visited 4 locations and ended up all together at 6pm in a Chinese restaurant overlooking the Yangtze River. We (team Eel) visited the Yangtze River Cableway Station, the Arhat Temple, Chaotianmen Plaza and the Chongqing shopping mall. It was fun, but also extremely hot and humid! We stopped twice for ice cream and to stand near a fan in a ticket station for boats. Interestingly the Canadian student in our group (Robyn) was stopped twice and asked to be photographed with locals and was also given a lovely flower bracelet from a local boy in the fish market!

After the Scavenger Hunt we ate dinner at Taoranju, where many students (and profs) ordered ice cold beers for some much-needed refreshment. The food was quite spicy, but luckily they also served yogurt-milk which helped many of the students! All students enjoyed discussing what they had seen throughout the day, including the most interesting and funny parts for each group. We also walked out to the restaurant balcony and watched the sunrise over Chongqing and took many photos of the city and the river, which we will post.

Once we finished dinner we boarded the bus back to Southwest University where Dr. Wang and Dr. Lougheed gave a brief overview of the next day’s plan. The Southwest University students headed back to their own rooms and the rest of the students retreated to their beds, exhausted after a long, exciting day!

That’s all from us,
Hope you enjoyed our blog!

Team Eel
Robyn Laing, Shengrui Feng, Xiaxia Yi and Yiyao Hu

来自中国的问候!
这是本次加拿大-中国生物野外课程的第一篇博客。加拿大学生将参与8月1日到8月21日的课程,而中国学生则延续到29日。每个学生将轮流更新这个博客——我们是鳗鱼组,我们很高兴成为第一个开始这个博客的小组!
我们将从我们到达中国开始,加拿大同学们在安大略省的多伦多皮尔逊国际机场会合(除了两个在温哥华的学生),我们很快就开始认识对方,之后我们开始了前往上海的14小时的旅程。我们到了浦东机场之后,我们看到了来自温哥华的和来自复旦大学的学生们。我们一共有11个来自加拿大各个大学的学生,比如女王大学,Trent大学,西安大略大学,北不列颠哥伦比亚大学,安大略大学,还有滑铁卢大学。另外我们还有来自中国的7位复旦大学的学生,6位西南大学和1位西北大学的学生。
我们互相介绍了自己的姓名,之后我们在机场的一家中国餐馆吃了饭了,让中国学生给加拿大学生翻译菜名是件非常有喜感的事情。愉快的第一餐之后我们上了去重庆江北机场的飞机。下了飞机我们直奔西南大学的国际交流中心,我们将在那里住三个晚上。那里的房间非常不错,有电视机,空调,热水淋浴。经过长时间的飞行,我们都很累了所以很快就是睡着了。
第二天我们在交流中心吃了中式早餐,这非常好吃!之后,我们去了一个有空调的演讲厅,王教授,Lougheed教授和助教屈铭志介绍了他们自己和本次课程。每个学生被分配到了7个小组中,每组3到4人,都同时有加拿大学生和中国学生。我们每个人都介绍了自己,还交换了礼物!之后我们在交流中心吃了非常丰盛的一餐。
下午我们乘坐大巴到了重庆市区的一个水产市场。在这里,我们认识了很多当地的和来自其他地方的鱼类,比如广州和福建。然后我们就开始了以小组为单位的重庆城市定向!我们要利用GPS记录下我们要求到达的地点,以及我们拍摄照片的详细经纬度信息。定向的要求是用中文写的,所以小组中的中国同学要负责给加拿大同学讲解这些信息。
每个小组都参观了四个地点,最后都要在下午6点到达一个能够俯瞰长江的餐馆里。我们(鳗鱼组)参观了长江索道站,罗汉寺,朝天门广场,以及重庆百货大楼。整个过程很有趣去,但天气非常湿热。我们停下来买了两次冰淇凌,还在一个长江游船售票处吹空调!有趣的是,我们组中的加拿大同学(骆冰)非常受当地人欢迎,她两次受到一起拍合照的邀请,还有一个水产市场的小男孩送给她一个非常可爱的花手链!
在定向活动之后,我们在江边上的陶然居吃了晚饭,很多学生(包括教授)都点了冰啤酒来清凉一下。那里的菜非常辣,幸运的是餐馆供应酸奶,这帮了很多学生大忙!大家都很开心得讨论各自在白天的见闻,包括那些最有趣的事情。我们在饭间还到餐厅的阳台上远眺重庆的落日,拍了很多城市和江水的照片。
饭后我们上了回西南大学的大巴,两位教授简单介绍了明天的行程。西南大学的同学们返回了他们的宿舍,其他人都回到各自的房间,大家都被这漫长而刺激的一天累坏了!
到此为止,
希望你会喜欢我们的博客!

鳗鱼组
梁骆冰,冯晟睿,羿霞霞,胡祎瑶

Team Eel (Shengrui Feng, Yiyao Hu, Xiaxia Yi and Robyn Laing) in front of the Chongqing Cableway Station, which we took across the river and back for 10 RMB each.

Students survey vendors at the XiSanJie fish market in Chongqing.

Yiyao Hu (part of Team Eel – student from Fudan University) in front Chaotianmen Plaza… the rest of Team Eel was too tired to get in the picture!


Team Eel (Shengrui Feng, Yiyao Hu, Xiaxia Yi and Robyn Laing) in front of Arhat Temple, which we also entered for 10 RBM each and where we saw 500 Arhats.


To help facilitate student interaction and acquaint Canadian students with important facets of local and national Chinese history, we created a scavenger hunt where each of 7 student teams (named after different animals that depend on aquatic environments) follow a proscribed route to different points of cultural or historical importance in Chongqing. This is one such route followed by Team Heron centred on downtown Chongqing and the Yangtze River.

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  1. Qing
    August 9, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Hi~I was a member of the field course 08&07,if anyone see this message, plz take my Hello to Yuxiang,Dr.Lougheed and Mingzhi~~MISS YOU ALL~
    Staying in Chongqing almost killed me though~How wish I could bring Bojian and go with you guys.>_<…

    Enjoy the WATER!lol

  2. Jun
    August 10, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Hi, everyone! I’m Jun and I took the field course in 2007.It leave me a very nice memory in my heart! How wish I could take the course again~~
    By the way, Why your team call Team Eel?

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