Wuhan Hydrobiology Institute and Finless Porpoise Breeding Centre – August 10th
The Last Day in Wuhan/ 再见，武汉！
Today was another busy day in China. We woke up at Jingjiangzhixing, a hotel in Wuhan City, where we had breakfast either at the hotel or on the streets,
depending on when you woke up. The streets had an assortment of typical Chinese breakfast food such as Reganmian, a dry, hot noodle and Mifen, which is rice noodle. After breakfast we had a guest lecture from Professor He at the Hydro biological Institute regarding the fast speciation of cyprinid fish in Eastern Asia, revealed by molecular phylogenetic study. It turns out that 80% of freshwater fish in China are cyprinid. A variety of methods are used to help determine the molecular phylogeny of the cyprinids, such as CO1-DNA barcoding, fossils and molecular dating, protein coding genes and morphological characteristics. Following this lecture we visited the museum within the institute, which had a collection of aquatic specimens such as the Chinese Sturgeon, Baiji river dolphin and the finless porpoise. We then went to see live finless porpoises (Jiangtun) from the Yangtze River at the River Dolphin Research Centre, where they are performing research on the porpoises as well as breeding them.
After the museum we went back to the hotel to pack and check-out. Following this we had lunch beside Wuhan University and proceeded to head back to the Hydro biological Institute where we had two student seminars from Jianling You and Bisi Miao. Jianling spoke about the wetland, canal system and water usage in Eastern China and Bisi spoke about aquatic animal biodiversity in the lower reach of the Yangtze River Basin and wetland. Some questions that arose from these presentations were whether we should protect the entirety of biodiversity or focus our resources on protecting specific endangered species, as well as whether we should focus on creating natural reserves or on regulating industrial development.
Following the seminars we headed to the Hubei Provincial Museum. However, it was unfortunately closed so we visited a local art museum across the street where we saw many interesting pieces, as you can see in one of the photos below. After the museum we hopped back on the bus and visited downtown Wuhan, where each group had dinner in a variety of different restaurants and bars. We personally had dinner at Pizza Hut, though the selection was much different than what the Canadian students were used to!
Students then explored the downtown area for 2 hours, visiting arcades, shopping malls and supermarkets. After exploring the area we jumped back on the bus and headed to the train station to board an overnight train to Shanghai, which is what we are currently on. The train has sections of beds with 6 beds per section. It is surprisingly quite clean and nice, with enough room for us to get together and write this blog! We are very excited to get to Shanghai and have fun exploring the city and learning more about biology and Chinese culture.
Until our next blog,
this is team Eel signing out!
Shengrui Feng, Yiyao Hu, Robyn Laing and Xiaxia Yi.
今天又是繁忙的一天。清晨在武汉的锦江之星酒店醒来，我们开始了在武汉寻找美味早餐之旅，武汉有名的热干面当然是不能错过的，浓浓的芝麻酱加上少许的辣椒让人吃出了面的韵味，再加上一带冰凉的豆浆或绿豆汤更是让我们感到全身心的满足。同样在酒店吃一餐丰富而营养的自助早餐同样让其他人开始了一天的好心情。9点，我们来到了武汉中科院水生生物研究所听取了何教授题为《fast speciation of cyprinid fish in Eastern Asia, revealed by molecular phylogenetic study》的精彩讲座。随后，我们在何教授的热情带领下参观了水生所的博物馆，了解到很多珍惜鱼类，看到了一直在书本上强调的白鳍豚、江豚、胭脂鱼等的标本。接着，我们去水生所的白鳍豚管近距离接触了可爱而珍稀的江豚，通过工作人员的介绍，我们进一步了解到保护濒危动物的重要性和急迫性。