Day 17: Earth Journal #2

Today I will write my observations for the biosphere in Xizhou. While we were on the mountain, I discovered and abundance of things. There were many different plants but the one I saw the most on the mountains were pine trees. As we were climbing up the "remote" part of the mountain, we saw many of those pine trees, sticking out everywhere. Pine trees are very popular here because of the temperature. Also the fact that they do not need a lot of water.

There is not a lot of rain on the mountains, the rain starts about 1 km, away from the mountain. Pine trees here will not become invasive, as they are, not native, but are in the right area to grow. These pine trees are important to the ecosystem because they provide homes for some animals, like squirils, and small incects. They also provide oxygen to humans, and to animals. 

Also, below the mountains, there are many crops. The most popular one is garlic. Tis the season for garlic in Xizhou. Garlic is used in many dishes here in Xizhou, fried rice, Ma La Tang, mi xian, and many more. In 2010, China was the number one country that produced garlic. 13,664,069 tonnes.


From Mrs. Iqbal

Hello Hannah,

Its so good to read about your new adventures. So will you be bringing a pine tree home for Christmas?! Ok, lame joke! Its interesting to know that garlic is used in so many dishes in Xizhou. Garlic is a very important ingredient in ALL Pakistani dishes too! Have you tried any cooking up there?

Take care.


Mrs. Iqbal

Pine trees

Hi Hannah
I'm interested to hear about the pine trees. Are they big and tall like here in Australia? I love pine cones. Auntie Jane and Uncle Tony have a lot of them on their 5 acres of land too. They are beautiful, so thick. Did you take photos please? Would love to see your photos.
Night, I love you. Enjoy your final week. Wow it's going so quickly.
Nanna Gay xxx

I am 13 years old and I am from Ballarat Australia, in Victoria. I have lived here in Shanghai for the past 10 years, and I am almost fluent in Chinese. My hobby is writing monologues and preforming them, I love to act, and hope to one day make a living out of Acting and Singing. I have arrived in Xizhou, and I am super exited. We are in the village and have been around, and it looks like it will be a place I will enjoy and remember forever. My Inquiry Project is about Education in Xizhou, where I will be studying perspectives on education, and also the Education System.