The collaborative course between Queen's and Fudan University (China) and Southwest University (Chongqing) involved 11 Canadian students from Queen's and 5 other Canadian universities, and 14 Chinese students. The course explored issues of human impacts on aquatic environments and biodiversity conservation. We undertook two weeks in China traveling from Chongqing down the Yangtze River in a boat to the massive Three Gorges Dam, and then to Wuhan and surroundings, and finally to Shanghai. In Canada, were activities are based at the Queen's University Biological Station where we engaged in daily activities to explore diversity in eastern Ontario, and to examine the St. Lawrence River-Great Lakes ecosystems roughly paralleling our consideration of human impacts in the Yangtze River. This was in essence an accelerated exchange program where Canadian and Chinese students not only learn about environmental issues of two of the major river systems but also much about
their respective cultures. Read about the students experiences in a "real-time" blog that we created where students uploaded photographs and posted their thoughts on each day's activities. See also the course website.