Today began our field course in Eastern China. Some of us departed from Canada at 1:00 pm from Pearson Airport in Toronto, Canada. Others had already made their way to China. They and participants from Chinese university partners (Fudan, Beijing Normal, Southwest) made their way to the Pudong international airport – assembling outside of there Starbucks outside of airport arrivals. Once assembled we made the way to our bus, and traveled for about 2 hours to the Tongji-Jiaxing Yangtze Environmental Specimen Bank in the ‘small’ city of Jiaxing in Zhejiang province. Half of us are staying in a nearby hotel, while the rest stayed in dorm rooms at the facility. After a quick dinner, and introduction to the course we all fell into our beds to rest for the upcoming activities.