Chinese students spend time learning about rivers at Black Hawk College

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A group of Chinese high school students stopped in the QC during a tour of the region learning about the local environment.

The 16 students are in the Midwest touring and learning about the Mississippi River region in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. On Thursday, July 17, 2014 the students waded into the stream at Black Hawk College catching and identifying aquatic macroinvertebrates- a.k.a. stream bugs.

The program is put on by the nonprofit organization Rivers as Bridges, which works to strengthen the relationship between Canada and the U.S.

“About three years ago the Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Muscatine… he mentioned that in order to improve the relationship between two countries, the most important thing is people to people communication,” explained Rivers as Bridges President Xiaodong Kuang. “So we are trying to practice bringing people here and have direct communication with each other.”

The students also planned to stop through Muscatine and Iowa City during their time here.