Up early, traveled from Jinhua to Qiandao, which means “Thousand Islands” in Chinese. Today was a travel day and a chance to see some of the amazing places in China. Qiandao is a beautiful lake resort town, a very popular destination here. We arrived around lunchtime, checked in the hotel and walked around downtown. We stayed in Longting New Century Hotel, which is perhaps the nicest hotel I have ever stayed in. Our rooms were on the 30th floor, with great views of downtown and Qiandao Lake. See the photos I posted on the Flickr site.
Eric and Dr. Wen talking about selective breeding
I do want to spend a little time today talking about one of our Chinese hosts, Dr. Wen. He is traveling with us for the entire trip. His first name is Haibo. Dr. Wen is a Fisheries Professor at FFRC and one of the leaders of the mussel group there. Interestingly, he is also one of Hua Dan’s former students when she was the leader of the mussel group in 1990’s and early 2000’s. His main work right now focuses on selective breeding of Hyriopsis cummingii and he is also working with Hyriopsis schlegelii. He is working to improve the captive strains of each species for pearl culture. His main field station is at the Yangtze River Rare Fishes Institute. But it his project that is supporting our trip to China. Dr. Wen has been a pleasure to be around, a truly wonderful host for us. We have had some great conversations about his work in China. We are hoping he will visit Virginia Tech sometime next year so he can see the mussel work we are doing.
The days photos can be found at: