8-24 Kingston city and lab tour
（Visiting Queen's campus)
We visited Kingston city today which is just one hour drive from QUBS. We arrived campus of Queen’s around nine in the morning and get a glimpse on Queen’s University before lab tour in Biology Complex building. The campus is mixed up with town roads, no distinct borders, which is very different from China where universities usually have fences and borders. Unfortunately, Mingzhi had to run back to park site every two hours (maximum permitted time) for a new parking ticket, which keeps him quite busy. We visited Steve with his graduate and PhD students; his pets: three snakes one turtle in his office. We also take a look at P.E.A.R.L (Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Labratory) where we meeting Prof Cumming and Heather again. The Biological Complex building is really a compound department of biology, environment, chemistry and geography. Many laboratories here are doing research in a mixed field, and some professors have two offices or labs separately locate with different subject workmates for they are studying something combined two sciences together. It is pretty cool thing to keep people of different field together for cooperate research and actually construct a place to make them work together. This idea fits a fact that science front of today is in mixed research field.
(Getting to know a snake in Steve Lougheed's office.)After the lab tour we had lunch downtown with vice president of Queen’s. We ordered the table so late that the only chief in the restaurant can’t be busier making all the dishes. After all it served delicious food. After several hours hanging around in the city, we dead to the sunset show of Royal Military University at 19:30. The school is on the river shore of St. Lawrence where it meets lake Ontario. The old Kingston city has such a critical location that it was the capital and one of most important cities in Canada. Though the capital had been moved to Ottawa in 20th centuries, military sites of old capital is reserved and involved into the military show and university today. The show contains band play on music of traditional Canada celebrating songs and military show simulates real fight in old times. The “soldiers” are well trained and dressed, with perfect action they present the most attractive part of the old town Kingston. Finally we come back to QUBS is nearly 23:00. The kitchen staff saved our dinner, which are even nicer as we are hungry. What a busy and dazzling day! BTW, thanks to Yuxiang and Mingzhi drive us all around! 我们今天去了金士顿城区，从这儿到我们的生物考察站只有一个小时的路程。到金士顿大概是早上9:00了，这儿我们在校园简单的逛了一圈。女王大学是一所拥有悠久历史的大学，坐在校园了我们都能感受到浓郁的文化气氛，在校园了一路走过们都是与松鼠做伴，这份难得的惬意让我们流连忘返。大约10:00左右，我们参观了这儿的实验大楼，首先到的是Steve的办公室，在这儿我们看到了Steve养的宠物——蛇，大家都很兴奋地“与蛇共舞”。接下来，我们参观了这儿一系列的实验室，这是和中国不太一样的实验室：它们是综合的实验室，有益于各种实验的高效进行，这儿的实验器材也是大家共用，这样也更能有益于资源共享。除此之外，我们还看了很多其他的实验室，如DNA分析，微生物分析等的实验室，在这儿我们简单了解到了他们的研究进程，也认识到了这儿先进的科研技术。上午的最后一站我们和Queen的副校长一起参观了温室大棚，这是Queen的标志建筑之一。
(Heather introducing PEARL.)
(GPS track for August 25th.)
(Sunset ceremony at Fort Henry.)