Figure 1. A group photo with Chairman Mao at Tongji University.
To avoid the heavy traffic from Chongming Island to Shanghai, we set out quite early this morning and arrived at the Oriental International Seafood Market at about 8:30. We were given the mission of finding out as many different kinds of species as we could in an hour's time. Our group started at the market with Dr. Lafieve. We divided up the work as well. Both Fang Cheng and Renee were responsible for taking notes, while Guo Xuan and Mengxi Wu took the responsibility for taking photos of the species we can’t identify and search for the English name respectively. Meanwhile, Grace was in charge of asking for the name and the price of each species since she is a local resident and thus may collect more information by using local dialects. In the end we reached a total of 52 species! It was a bit of a difficult competition as the fishermen were not always able - or willing - to answer all of our questions, such as where their products come from.
Following our visit to the fish market we gathered at the Tongji University campus, where we debriefed about the events from the last week or so. We summarized the activities for the students that we only picked up on Saturday, and discussed our thoughts and opinions regarding the conservation efforts in China and Canada. After an hour-long discussion, we headed for lunch at a nearby restaurant.
After lunch, the students of Tongji University guided us through their campus to a lecture hall. There, we met Dr. Wenwai Ren of WWF Shanghai-China, who gave us a lecture on Coastal and Estuary Wetland Conservation in China. He specifically discussed the Dong Tan wetland, which we visited yesterday for bird-watching. Dr. Ren explained the importance of coastal wetlands as they provide many ecosystem services, and described the problems encountered in terms of wetland destruction. We learned a great deal about these ecosystems and the conservation efforts being put into action in attempt to maintain them. His vision is for a healthy environment with a sustainable estuary city.
午饭后，同济的同学们带着我们去了位于同济校园内的讲座厅。在那里，我们见到了WWF上海的负责人Dr. Wenwai Ren，他给我们做了关于中国海岸湿地保护的讲座。他特别提到了我们昨天我们观鸟的东滩湿地。Dr. Ren解释了沿海湿地的重要性，因为它们提供了许多生态系统功能，并描述了湿地的破坏。我们知道了很多相关的生态系统和人们为了保护这些湿地做出的努力。他的目标是让河口城市在一个健康的环境中可持续发展。
After the lecture we were all eager to head out into the city together, as we were free for the evening. The Tongji students lead the way and took (the majority of) us to Tianzifang, which is a beautiful little area with many shops and restaurants. The Canadian students bought souvenirs here for their friends and family, and had some snacks and dinner at the restaurants of their choice. Other students made their way to The Bund to see the city skyline. We all really enjoyed the evening and exploring the city with the help of the local students.
Figure 2. The Finless Porpoise Group at the Fish Market. Figure 3. Various parts of the jellyfish for sale at the fish market
Figure 4. Grace with a neat fried potato snack at a mall in Shanghai. Figure 5. We went to Tianzifang
Figure 6. Dr. Wenwai Ren giving his lecture on Wetland Conservation at Tongji University.