Today the students and I went our separate ways for the day. While they were travelling to the Great Wall of China, Dr Liu and I visited with the China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT), which has a Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department. It was nice to have a discussion with our counterparts in a “small” Chinese university (only about 20000 students).
Beth Arthur, the graduate student along and helping with the class, has posted pictures of their adventures on the Great Wall at Badaling. Please refer to her blog at http://ramaraophdstudent.blogspot.com/.
After my visit at CUMT and some shopping, I walked over to the site of the 2008 Olympics. It was impressive to walk up to the Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube. Unfortunately, the only events that seem to be going on there are tourists coming to see the venue; there does not seem to be a lot of other events going on. However, there does seem to be a lot of people visiting the site.
The students and I met up for dinner after their return from the Great Wall. The general consensus was that it was a good trip. We had an excellent meal at a nearby restaurant. Amazing, it is possible to feed 10 hungry students for less than $30 in China.