Field excursions


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Route 1 (Pre-conference field excursion)

Chongming Island and National Wetland Park in the Changjiang Delta

Fieldtrip Leaders: Prof. Daidu Fan and Dr. Hang Gao (Tongji University)
Group Size: 10-50 
Dates: October 9, 2018
Transportation: Bus
Cost: USD 70 or RMB 450 (including transport, lunch, beverage, park entrance ticket, rubber shores, and field guide)

Description: Chongming Island is the biggest mouth-bar typed island in the world, still growing seaward rapidly under natural force and human interference. It is a natural museum of mouth-bar evolution in the last millennium years, also a historical museum of land reclamation and usage in the last few decades. Dongtan National Natural Reserve, located at the eastern end of Chongming, is one of international wetland, is home for Yangtze alligator, scirpus triqueter and scirpus mariqueter (local saltmarsh), and millions of migratory birds in East Asia. The field trip will introduce you wetland ecology, tidal-flat sedimentology, land reclamation and usage in the system of harmonious coexistence for man and nature.

Personal preparation: Comfortable shoes for hiking, rain coat or umbrella (dependent on weather), we will prepare rubber shoes for participants to walk on the tidal flats, but the information about your foot size in cm and passport (for wetland park entry permission application) should be sent to leaders after payment for the fieldtrip.

Schedule (October 9, 2018)
7:30 am, Depart by bus from Magnolia Hotel
Changxing Island for Qingcaosha Freshwater Reservoir (the largest estuarine typed freshwater reservoir in the world), onshore wind power tower, the first Changjiang Bridge across the North Channel.
STOP 2: Dongtan National Park for Yangtze alligator, migratory bird museum, and saltmarsh plants and ecology. Lunch time, high tide will occur at 11: 00 am
STOP 3: Dongtan tidal flat for morphology and sedimentology of saltmarsh, and bare flat, and tidal-creek-channel system.
17:30 pm, Depart from Chongming Island and return to Magnolia Hotel



Route 2 (Post-conference field excursion)

Columnar Joint and Coastal Geology in Hua'ao Island, Zhejiang Province

Fieldtrip Leaders: Prof. Chuanlian Liu and Dr. Xiangtong Huang (Tongji University)
Group size: 10-30
Date: October 13-14, 2018
Cost: USD 260 or RMB 1700 (including transportation, two lunches, one dinner, hotel, admission to the Shipu old town, geological park of Hua'ao Island and field guide)

In this field trip, we plan to visit one of the oldest fishery ports (Shipu Town) in China and unique columnar joints formed due to cooling of acidic lava during the early Jurassic.

The origin of the Shipu Town dates back to Han Dynasty (about ~2000 years ago). It became an important fishery and naval port in China in the early Ming Dynasty (14th centuries). At present, the houses and streets still preserve historical styles of the Ming Dynasty (Fig.1). You will experience colorful history and fishery culture of the town.

Fig .1 Preserved ancient city gate, streets and houses at Shipu Town

Hua'ao, an entirely volcanic island, is known for its unique stone forest: columnar jointing (Fig.2). Unlike the other world-known columnar joints, such as Giant's Causeway in UK and those in Cheju Island, Korea, that formed as a result of cooling of basaltic lava, the numerous columnar joints in Hua'ao Island mainly consists of quartz-porphyry. Four joint sets divided the volcanic rock into 4 to 6-side prisms. The most common columns have 4 and 5 sides. The diameters of columns are in the range of 40-90 cm. The heights of columns can reach to 35 meters. The physical and chemical abrasion geomorphy such as sea cave and honeycomb weathering structure (tafoni) can be well observed. During the trip, we will also observe the muddy tidal flat, gravel beach and natural bioturbation and cultured seaweed in the intertidal zones.

Fig. 2 Stone forest in the Hua'ao Island

Day 1 (October 13)
8:30 am  Departure from Kingswell Hotel Tongji.

2:00 pm  Sightseeing at the Shipu Town

Day 2 (October 14)
Field trip on the Hua'ao Island, including:
Stop 1
observe muddy tidal flat and buried ancient trees
Stop 2 observe gravel beach and natural bioturbation and cultured seaweed in the intertidal zones.
Stop 3 observe columnar joints and erosion phenomena.
1:00 pm  Depart for Shanghai.
7:00 pm  Arrive at Kingswell Hotel Tongji



Route 3 (Post-conference field excursion)

Weizhou volcanic island in Beihai City, Guangxi Province

Fieldtrip Leaders: Prof. Jun Tian (Tongji University) and Kefu Yu (Guangxi University)
Group size: 10-30
Date: October 13-15, 2018
Cost: USD 860 or RMB 5600 (including transportation, two lunches, two dinner, hotel, and field guide)

October in Beihai City and Weizhou Island is typical autumn, with an average temperature of 29 degree during daytime and 22 degree during night and average monthly precipitation of 54 mm. Weizhou Island is located in Beibu Bay, 36 nautical miles from downtown Beihai in Guangxi province. It is the youngest and largest volcanic island in China. Seen from above, it looks like a bow-shaped piece of green jade floating in the sea. Covered by luxuriant vegetation, this island also houses special marine erosional landscapes, volcanic lava, and florid coral and wide beaches.

The top Attractions on Weizhou Island include the Crocodile Crater Park being famous of different kinds of volcanic rocks, the Shiluokou Beach, the Colorful Beach Scenic Area, the Drippy Rock a miracle among Chinese volcano landscapes, and the Great Church Tourism Zone, a Gothic complex consisting of churches, monasteries, hospitals, priests' buildings and nursery rooms.

Fig.1 Crocodile Volcano Park

 Fig.2 Underwater Carol Area

 Fig.3 The Gothic Catholic Church

Fig. 4 Multicoloured Beach(Alternate)

Sites of interests

  • In good weather, we will explore the Weizhou island, including Quaternary Volcanic landform,marine abrasion landform,biogenic landform (Holocene Coral reef and beach rock) and wetlands.
  • In case of bad weather, an alternative route to explore the Beihai Beach and the mangroves will be taken.

Day 1 (October 13)

Morning, from Shanghai to Beihai by flight, have lunch at Beihai.
Afternoon, take afternoon boat to Weizhou Island.
Staying overnight in Weizhou island.

Day 2 (October 14)
Morning, visiting Volcanic Park, having lunch in Weizhou island;
Afternoon, exploring the beach and marine abrasion landform, take late afternoon boat back to Beihai and having dinner at Beihai.
Staying overnight in Weizhou island.

Day 3 (October 15)
Morning, fly back to shanghai.



Route 4 (Post-conference field excursion)

Birth of the upper Yangtze: Tibet uplift plus Asian monsoon revealed by Cenozoic sediments, Yunnan Province

Fieldtrip Leaders: Prof. Hongbo Zheng (Yunnan University), Prof. Shouye Yang (Tongji University) and Dr. Qiong Chen (Tongji University)
Group size: 10-40
Duration: October 13-17, 2018
Cost: USD 1170 or RMB 7600 (including return air tickets, local bus transportation, room and board, and field guide)

As an important border province of southwest China, Yunnan has long been reputed as 'the South of Colored Clouds', offering a large variety of scenic attractions. It has an average altitude of 2,000 meters and a temperate tropical plateau monsoon climate. Geologically, Yunnan is located in the southeastern margin of Tibetan Plateau. Such a location endows Yunnan with a unique natural laboratory for Earth System Science studies, with the most classic geological sites including  'Life Explosion' in early Cambrian in Chengjiang,  'Life Extinction' around Permian/Triassic boundary, dinosaur flourishing during Jurassic, and biodiversity and tectonic geomorphology during the Cenozoic.

Large river systems are an integral and essential component of Earth dynamics. The development of large river systems in Asia is closely linked to the evolving topography driven by both near-field and far-field effects of the interplay among Indian, Eurasian and Pacific plates. Plate tectonics together with climatic changes during the Cenozoic are therefore believed to have determined the evolution of Asian large rivers, yet the age of the Yangtze, the largest in Asia, has been strongly debated over a century. This field excursion aims to examine the Cenozoic sequences preserved in Jianchuan Basin, NW Yunnan, and explores its implications on tectonics, geomorphological evolution, possible linage with proto-Jinshajiang river, and paleoclimatic changes.

Sites of interests

  • Chengjiang Fauna (early Cambrian)

Restoration Image of the Chengjiang Fauna

  • Cenozoic sedimentary sequence in Liming and Jianchuan

  • First Bend of the Yangtze River and Tiger Leaping Gorge

  • Lijiang Ancient City (World Heritage)

Day 1 (October 13)
Morning, from Shanghai to Kunming by flight.

Afternoon, Chengjiang Fauna and Yunnan University.

Day 2 (October 14)
Morning, Kunming to Lijiang by flight.
Afternoon, Drive to Liming, observe Cenozoic sequences; Stay in Liming.

Day 3 (October 15)
Morning, Liming to Shigu (First Bend).
Afternoon, Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Night, Stay in Lijiang.

Day 4 (October 16)
Morning, Drive to Jianchuan to observe Cenozoic sequences.
Afternoon, visit Lijiang ancient city.
Night, stay in Lijiang

Day 5 (October 17)
Depart for Shanghai by flight.


Cancellation Policy:

Field excursions fees will be refunded as follows:

On or before August 15, 2018: full refund. 

On or before September 15, 2018: 50% refund.

After September 15, 2018: no refund.

Cancellations must be made by writing email to: with email title “cancellation + name”.


During the meeting period, we offer one-day free trip to the Hangzhou Bay and Lingang Campus.

Hangzhou/Wuzhen (two days), Suzhou (one day), and some small ancient towns nearby Shanghai (one day). The prices of field excursions depend on the route you select and will be posted soon.

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