Carrying out fieldwork gives first-hand experience of this type of investigations and surveys so they can relate them in their exam. On the fieldtrip, students went to the Lin'an County visiting the Tianmu mountains (River study) and Wuzhen Water Town (Tourism study).
For the River study in the Tiamu mountain range, the group stayed in a guesthouse right on the river, located in the heart of the countryside. On Friday and Saturday, students visited 9 different river locations in the upper course, starting in a scenic area and moving downstream through the courses. At each site they carried out measurements to test the water velocity, rock size and width and depth. On Sunday students visited a local Tea Plantation which was owned by Mr Wu, they learnt about the imputs, processes and outputs in the Tea industry. Later that day, the group drove 2 and a half hours, briefly stopping at Lifan dam to study the dam focusing on the advantages and disadvantages of the dam as well as the hydroelectricity it makes.
They arrived in Wuzhen town on Sunday night. They stayed there for one night and in the morning visited the Famous Old water town. This enabled them to learn about the tourism in the town. Students completed more surveys; land use, traffic count, pedestrian count, environmental surveys and questionnaire. Students in 10D commented ‘they loved it so much, can they go again!’
Nadine Le Cornu, Head of Geography