I really enjoyed my research project this summer and am very grateful to have had the opportunity to conduct both domestic and international research on my topic. Big thanks to the Charles Center and to everyone who supports the Charles Center.
I still have about 6 days to finish my research trip in Western China. While staying in Urumqi, I took a bus route through a few outlying cities north of Urumqi and was able to see firsthand the conditions in which companies try to supply power grid access to renewable energy projects. Being out here has only made me more interested in pursuing my topic and writing a paper on the challenges of wind power development in China’s regions where wind energy potential is the greatest, not only in China but arguably anywhere in the world.
This is going to be a quick post because my internet access is very limited in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, the westernmost region of the PRC. I have been interacting with people from all over the world since I arrived here two nights ago, and it does not feel like I am in China.
It’s been three days since I arrived in Beijing, and it feels nice to be back in the city that I called home last summer and fall. Recently my research has been frustrating, however, which was somewhat expected since things do not always go as according to plan in China. Rail transit is very prominent throughout China, as people pour out of and into cities to and from the countryside several times every year during vacation and holidays. China’s railway stations are not altogether centralized, however, so one cannot (except for a few exceptions) purchase a ticket from Shanghai to Hong Kong in Beijing. Tickets cannot be purchased far in advance either– some routes do not release tickets outside of a week’s timeframe while others are released 10-20 days ahead of departure.
The final week of what has been a seemingly long and overwhelmingly hot summer in Williamsburg has finally arrived. I am glad to have accomplished my research project goal for the summer in Williamsburg, which was to specialize my research topic enough so that my 3 weeks of fieldwork in China next month can be used most effectively.