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Lee's Travels: Some Final Thoughts

Hey AWS,

I know I said the last one was my last blog post, but I learned something that really blew my mind.  We've spent the last two days in Beijing with one of the Chinese participants from our program who has shown us some neat things in the city.  What blew my mind, however, was a conversation I had with her on the subway on our way back from an art exhibit.  I asked her about the incident on June 4, 1989 in Tiananmen Square.  Ms. Zhou, 26, is one of the most open and progressive people in China.  In response to my question she said she only learned about the incident a year ago.  I thought I'd share that with everyone in the states.  Alright, I'll see you all very soon.

Signing off,

June 27, 2010


Hey AWS, 

We flew from Beijing to Yinchuan then from Alxa (inner Mongolia) to Shanghai where we spent a very busy week and I am now finally back in Beijing.  I will be leaving Beijing on Monday morning and arrive in Seattle on Monday morning, then fly back to
Washington D.C.  The timing is strange, I know, but due to the time difference it makes sense.   


Hey AWS,
One of the Chinese participants who visited the Anacostia with me back in March is the deputy director of water resources in Alxa, which is the western most section of Inner Mongolia. He was able to pull together many of his colleagues to hold a small conference before we left. It was really great to be able to interview each of the local government officials regarding wastewater treatment, drinking water, industrial waste water disposal, and reforestation/ revegetation efforts. Later that day we traveled out of Inner Mongolia to the Ningxia province to a small town called Zhongwei. It was a long and beautiful bus ride through sand dunes as far as the eye could see. 

Lee's Travels: Agriculture in China

Hey AWS,

I hope things are going well over there on the other side of the world. They're pretty exciting here in the far west of Inner Mongolia in Alxa. Dr. Michael Zhang and Viola Li have orchestrated an amazing itinerary for us and have been terrific guides since we began in Beijing. I couldn't have asked for better people to hear from or a better way to get a good hard look at China and what they're doing with water.

Lee's Travels: The Gobi Desert

Hey AWS,

I hope all is well on the river back home. I've been away from the internet for a little while so I have a couple of neat things to share and catch up on. A few days ago I traveled from Beijing to Yinchuan and from there crossed into the far western region of inner Mongolia, once again crossing the Great Wall. Out here, the wall is made of sand and packed clay. There is still copious amounts of food available to us, even here in the desert, probably because we continue to be associated with Chinese Government. I have trouble turning down food because I don't want to be rude.

Lee's Travels: The Great Wall & The Nature Conservancy

Hey AWS,

Above is a picture of me after leading my Mongol horde onto the great wall. My Mongols immediately went to the espresso shop at the bottom of the hill, which is why they are not seen in this picture.

Today was a very productive day as we learned how nonprofits operate in China. We visited the Society for Entrepreneurs and Ecology (SEE) and the Nature Conservancy (TNC Beijing office). The SEE has 130 members who are all successful business persons who give more than 100,000 yuen annually. They are sort of like a board for the organization comprised of entrepreneurs from all industries. At the moment, they mainly focus on the desert areas of inner Mongolia where we will visit in a couple of days, however they have visions of international conservation efforts.

Enjoying the Botany of the Watershed

We had our first Native Plant Walk with the Maryland Native Plant Society (MNPS) on Saturday at Fort Dupont Park in SE Washington, DC! Our Conservation Biologist Jorge Bogantes Montero led the event with Mary Pat Rowan (MNPS) a Landscape Architect with extensive knowledge on local native plant species, Pat is particularly passionate about native trees and shrubs. At 10 AM Jorge and Mary started the trip at the park’s Activity Center with an enthusiastic group of four participants eager to learn about the native flora.

Lee's in BEIJING!

As we mentioned in our previous blog entry, AWS Manager of Education Lee Cain is currently in China representing the Chesapeake region as part of a fellowship to conduct a water conservation comparison between the US and China. Be sure to check the AWS Blog as well as Twitter and Facebook for more updates from Lee!

Below is Lee's most recent account of his trip...

Hey AWS,

I've had a pretty amazing trip so far and I've learned quite a lot about what China has been doing with water. I am attaching pictures of me in some recognizable places and below I've written something that you can share on the AWS Blog. I'll try to get a couple more e-mails to you over the next few weeks to keep you updated. The pictures attached are of me entering the forbidden city, me finding the princess in the forbidden city, and me organizing a protest in Tienanmen Square.

Where in the world is Lee Cain? Answer: China!

Lee’s China Trip, for an International Comparison on Water Conservation Efforts

AWS Manager of Education Lee Cain is currently flying across the US on his way to China to conduct a water conservation comparison between the US and China as part of a fellowship.

Twelve US citizens and twelve Chinese citizens have been selected for this exchange program funded by the US State Department and Lee has been selected to represent the Chesapeake region. The Chinese have already visited sites in the US (Pennsylvania, Maryland, DC, Utah, Arizona and California) to study issues ranging from polluted rivers to securing drinking water.

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