Second full day in Chongqing. August 4th ／重庆之旅第二天
This is the second post from the Canadian-Chinese Biology Field Course
August 4, 2010 sunny
Today, we had a lecture given by Dr Steve Lougheed and Dr. Yuxiang Wang. They introduced the main theme of the course which is to compare the impact of humans on the environment in both Canada and China. They provided the class with a direct comparisons between the geographical, economic and environmental aspects of both countries.
After, a guest lecture was given by Dr. Li about the Yangtze River and its development over the past 25years. It was a passionate lecture discussing the ethics of the construction of the three gorges dam.
Later we learned how traditional Chinese cooking was created in the kitchen.
Following lunch, we set out on an excursion to the Caojie dam to explore the creation of the Chinese dam. There are over 30 000 dams in China, all of which facilitate the transportation of ships and cargo. However the biggest issue in China is that there are no fish ladders to encourage the propagation of migrating fish. This is one of the main contributions to the endangerment of the Chinese sturgeon and several other aquatic species.
The next destination was fishing city at the top of a historical mountain. This city was used as a fortress to protect the lower part of the Yangtze from the invasion of the Mongols. The Chinese managed to protect the position from the Mongols for 36 years at which they resorted to cannibalism to survive. Near the beginning of the war the Chinese caught a fish that was over 18 kilograms and hung it from the front of the fortress. This symbolized that the Chinese had enough food nd sent a message to Ghengis Khan indicating that they had more than enough food to survive. The tour took us around the fortified city which overlooked the Jaling River. Overall, the experience itself was a one in a lifetime experience. There were several elevated lookout points with beautiful views of the rivers below.
In the afternoon, we set out as a team to our first Hot Pot dinner. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by several smiling waiters and waitresses. As soon as we sat down, they promptly tied aprons around our body. We were honoured to eat in the presence of the Dean of SWU, the Deputy Mayor of Chongqing and several other important dignitaries from the region. For those who are not too familiar with traditional Chinese dishes, a hot pot dinner contains a spicy and non-spicy boiling pot of spices you dip food into such as duck, pork, vegetables etc. I think the most interesting item we ate were the infamous blood cubes. Although some were weary at first, the majority of Canadian students were eager to try the blood. Surprisingly it was quite delicious! We continued to enjoy the dinner, but suddenly turned around and noticed waiters and waitresses singing and dancing to traditional Chinese music in synchrony. The dances were like a rendition of a classic Bollywood film.
We continued to enjoy the dinner, but suddenly turned around and noticed waiters and waitresses singing and dancing to traditional Chinese music in synchrony. The dances were like a rendition of a classic Bollywood film.
We returned to the SWU for our final night at the SWU Residence. Next stop, the Three Gorges River Cruise!