Qizhen Lake is located in Zijingang Campus of Zhejiang University, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province. It is an artificial lake built in 2001 and is connected to the Qiantang River. The name of the Qizhen Lake, which means pursuing truth, is taken from Zhejiang University’s school song and motto, “always pursuing truth and innovation.” The main part of Qizhen Lake lies in the center of Zijingang Campus, and its tributary constitutes a dense network throughout the whole Zijingang Campus. Solid waste brought by students and tourists to the lake is more difficult to eliminate once it enters the Qiantang River. Along the lake, there are aquatic and marsh plants likeScirpus validus and Miscanthus. However, the fluidity of the river is poor and the water is turbid. Many areas of the water body become black and have a foul odor, and eutrophication occurs on the bank of the lake. Green Origin Association for Qizhen Lake, a Qiantang River Waterkeeper Affiliate aims to guide the students and school in understanding and resolving the environmental problems of Qizhen Lake.
Aoqing Zhu is an undergraduate at Zhejiang University (ZJU). In 2016, she became a member of the Green Origin Association, where she got involved in environmental protection. Devoted to nature and building awareness of conversation issues, she joined and launched a number of outdoor activities such as plant identification, birdsong recording, and cycling. She believes that “as people get closer to nature, they love it more.” In August 2017, she participated in a summer project called ‘Go Back To Mother River,’ investigating water resources along the Yangtze River. In December 2017, her team launched a project to advocate for students and the administrative department of ZJU to pay attention to Qizhen Lake and on January 1, 2018, she successfully represented the team in presenting to the headmaster of ZJU what they need to do to clean the lake.
Zijingang Campus, Sandun Town, Xihu District
Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province 310000