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IGCSE Geography Fieldtrip

08 November 2016

The Geography Department ran a residential field trip to Anji, Zhejiang Province in China, for all Year 10 Geography students.

  • Geography Trip - Anji
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  • Geography Trip - Anji

Day 1 

After the teachers got us organised and into our buses, we set off for a 5 hour long drive and during the ride we stopped for a short lunch break to enjoy some local Chinese food. We eventually got to the Tianmushan Mountains in ZheJiang province where we checked in and immediately changed into our fieldwork clothes. 

We then hiked a short distance to our designated fieldwork sites, located near the source of the river. We got our equipment and started measuring and attaining information and statistics of our site. The experience was frustrating yet enjoyable as we had fun carrying out the tasks while getting ourselves completely wet (the river was freezing!). On the way back, we saw some monkeys jumping around in the trees that surrounded the river.

We got back to the guesthouse safely and had dinner shortly afterwards. After dinner we filled out our river study booklets, as well as completing some exam practice questions based on what we did today.

We look forward to tomorrow and hope to have a productive day learning while having fun.

Chloe Ngan and Chiara Dell'Oro\

Day 2

After having a nice breakfast at Yuan Quan guest house in the morning with chocolate chip cookies, toast and more, we traveled to 3 fieldwork sites by bus. Together in our groups we collaborated to complete various tests such as finding the gradient of the river, the wetted perimeter, and the river velocity. We then went back to the guest house to take a break and have lunch, then went to 4 more sites to do more fieldwork. Even though we spent a whole day on fieldwork and were exhausted, and lots of people slipped in the river, the day was really enjoyable.

At night, after we had dinner, the groups shared their results with each other and had a go at some practice questions on fieldwork in the booklet. We also did a small quiz about the names of equipment used in the river and the teachers' previous jobs. We now know that none of the teachers worked as dog food testers before coming to BISS.

Niamh (10I) would like to add: "A lot of people fell into the river. We are the best, the smartest, the fastest group, go team Hill!"

Kristi Lee

Day 3

Today, we went to the plantation owned by Mr-Wu. First, we have visited his tea storage. In the storage, there were a few machineries placed in the rooms next to the entrance. The machines are used for drying tea, and provides extra support for mr-Wu to process his tea and turn them into products. Whilst visiting the storage, Mr-Wu mentioned that the harvest time for tea is in Spring and he will have to employ 50 tea picking ladies to pick tea for him. Every year, there will be 1000kg of tea being picked from his plantation.

The surface area of his plantation is 7000m (squared), with a very steel slope. Furthermore, Mr-Wu doesn't only plant tea in his plantation, but also nuts and bamboos. As Mr-Wu mentioned about the pricing for tea from his plantation, BaiCha (白茶)is classed as the most delicate level for tea. He therefore labelled the price for Baicha is approximately 1500RMB.

After visiting Mr-Wu's plantation,  we went to the Li Fan dam which is located at the downstream of the river near Mr-Wu's plantation. Main while, the dam had no water rushing down the concrete walls. The reason was because that the dry season in Zhejiang is from November to February, therefore they will have to  pause the dam going because of water storages.  The water will be used in sectors of: Industry, Agriculture and Domestic.  

Bernice Natalie Lok   

Day 4

Today we went to the water town in Wuzhen. This is the area where we did our tourism study for our preparation of paper four. We started off with a traffic count to allow us to see how busy and chaotic the streets were. After that we went into the water town to ask a few surveys ; We asked people questions about Wuzhen, we did an observation on how the area looked like and if it was suitable place to visit. Even though we were tourists just like any other person there, we were stopped by the police and we were interrogated for what we were doing. As we completed our tourism study we headed off to have a delicious and sumptuous meal in the water town. Before we headed back to Shanghai,  we finished our day with our last traffic count. Overall it's been a great weekend and we've learnt so much that will help us for paper 4 next year. 

Sane Hoffman