由 黑脸琵鹭 小组撰写: 冯小菲 (北京师范大学), 顾怡昊 (Queen's University), 王元辰 (复旦大学)
天气: 晴 28-34摄氏度
Team Black-faced Spoonbill: Xiaofei Feng (Beijing Normal University), Yihao Gu (Queen's University) and Yuanchen Wang (Fudan University)
Weather: Sunny 28-34 degrees Celcius
下午我们以小组为单位游览了乌镇。这里的建筑风格和人们的生活方式与当地河道密布的多水环境密切相关。由于江南盛产木材和竹子，它们被广泛地用于房屋、栈 道等建筑物以及船、扁担等日常使用的工具。通过观察，我们发现河道与人们生活息息相关。然而由于水质问题（如富营养化），如今居民不再如以前那样将河水作 为生活用水；河水的水位也因上下游修建了堤坝而不再明显地变动。近年来旅游业的发展更是取代了当地的大多数产业，对于人们与环境息息相关的生活方式，我们已经只能从建筑和与年纪稍长的居民的交谈中追寻。
It was our first full day of the course and thus today is really the official beginning. After a walk from the hotel where some of us are staying, we joined those who are staying in the Yangtze Environmental Specimen Bank. Some general information about the course and the day’s arrangement was introduced in the reporting hall. Dr. Lougheed introduced the relationship between the development of human civilization and water, comparing China and Canada in issues on population growth and densities and aquatic environments. Dr. Wang provided some background information about Wuzhen Village, including its history, natural and cultural environment, and some local polyculture pattern called ‘Mulberry Fish Pond’, which directed our later explorations in the village. Each student then introduced him- or herself in order, and our seminars times were arranged.
We took a bus to visit Wuzhen Water Village in the afternoon. According to our observations, the architecture and lifestyle there are very closely related to the water system (a series of canals). For instance, this area teems with wood and bamboo, which are used as the main materials for the house, road, and boat. The condition of water ways has a great affect on the daily life of local people. However, with the emerging of water quality issues like eutrophication in recent years, residents don’t use the water from the canals for their livelihoods anymore. In the past the water level rose during rain seasons, but is now constant due to the dams at both ends of the canal system. In addition, as tourism accounts for a higher percentage in the village’s economic inputs , some of the traditions and lifestyle of the past have been lost except for local architecture, museums and stories.