Today was a travel day from Shanghai back to Wuxi. So no news on our fisheries academic exchange. But before we left Shanghai, we stopped for lunch at a small shop that made traditional noodles, by hand the the old fashioned way. This kid about 14 years old took the dough, rolled it, worked it over and then tossed it around in the air until the dough separated into long strands of noodles. I watched him do this but I couldn’t really see how he turned them into noodles. It was all very fast, impressive, and the noodles were great to!
Making noodles in Shanghai
For the most part, we’ve been traveling from place to place in a minivan. You get see a lot of the countryside and cities this way and we’ve had some good conversations along the way. We’ve talked about the Yangtze River, its biodiversity, and the effect Three Gorges Dam will likely have on the fisheries and ecosystem over time. This topic is not taboo here in China. The scientists here talk about the dam and they are already documenting effects on certain fisheries and species. There is a dialogue and openness here on such environmental issues that has been nice to see. We are traveling to Beijing tomorrow, where we will meet scientists from the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences on Tuesday.