Sightseeing

Optional tours will be available for all conference participants and their companions who are interested in sightseeing. These tours will offer a very good opportunity to appreciate the culture, ancient civilization and traditions of China. The tours should be booked on the conference online registration website and paid before August 30, 2015.

(For terms and conditions for the booking and the cancellation policies, see here.)

Optional Local Tours (LT) for Accompanying Persons

LT-1: Summer Palace

Date: Sep. 13, 2015 (Sun) 14:00-17:30
Price: RMB 400.00 Difficulty Level:(Average amount of walking is involved)
The Summer Palace in the northwestern suburb was built in 1750. By far the best-preserved imperial garden in China, it was endorsed by the UNESCO in 1998 as a world cultural heritage site. As a paragon of Chinese gardens, this huge garden includes Longevity Hill, whose beauty is set off by a multitude of halls, kiosks and trees, and Kunming Lake, a huge body of liquid silver. Major tourist attractions are Tower of Buddhist Incense, 17-Span Bridge, Long Corridor, Cloud Dispelling Hall, Marble Boat, Beamless Hall, Garden of Harmonious Delights, the theatre in the Garden of Moral Harmony, and Suzhou Street. The entire place is a de facto museum of China's classical architecture. Housed in these buildings are an immense collection of treasures and cultural artifacts.

LT-2: Former Imperial Palace - Lunch - Temple of Heaven

Date: Sep. 14, 2014 (Mon.) 8:30-17:30
Price: RMB 520.00, including lunch
Difficulty Level:(A few hours of walking may be involved on flat paved ground)
The 720,000-square-metre Palace Museum, better known as "Forbidden City", was the imperial palace for the Ming and Qing. Built during the 1406-1420 period, it is the largest royal palatial complex in existence in China; ranging from the majestic to the exquisite, they bear witness to a nation in transition. Other tourist attractions on the premises include a huge stone ramp carved with intricate dragon and cloud patterns, Imperial Garden and Nine-Dragon Screen Wall. An immense trove of cultural artifacts and treasures of various dynasties, some of them on display in the Treasure Hall and the ceramics, painting, bronze ware galleries, are reason enough for UNESCO to adopt the Former Imperial Palace as a world cultural heritage site.
China's largest temple and altar are found in Temple of Heaven. Built in 1420, it was where Ming and Qing monarchs worshiped the god of heaven and prayed for good harvests. Major structures are hall of Prayer for good Harvest, Imperial Vault of Heaven, Circular Altar, and Abstinence Palace. The temple is divided by two enclosed walls into inner altar and outer altar. To better symbolize heaven and earth, the northern part of the temple is circular while the southern part is square, which reflect the ancient Chinese belief that Heaven is round and Earth is square. The Temple of Heaven is a cultural museum of offering sacrifices to Heaven, which merges architecture, aesthetics, acoustics, astronomy, calendar, music and dancing into an integral whole. UNESCO endorsed Temple of Heaven as a world cultural heritage site in December 1998.

LT-3: Lama Temple - Lunch - Hutong Tour - Beihai Park

Date: Sep. 16, 2015 (Wed) 8:30-17:30
Price: RMB 600.00, including lunch
Difficulty Level:(Average amount of walking is involved)
The Lama Temple is a famous living lamasery. Its main attraction is a spectacular 18-meters Maitria Buddha carved from a single sandwood tree. The hutong tour is a tour for you to know more about the city. You will visit the backyards of Beijing, on a pedicab, across the small zig-zag lanes. The Beihai Park is the oldest and most unique imperial garden in China, located behind the Forbidden City.



Optional Post-Conference Tours for Conference Participants and Accompanying Persons

PT-1: Beijing - Xi'an - Beijing (2.5 days and 2 nights)

Dates: Sep. 17-19, 2015
Price: Shared Twin Room: RMB 5290.00/person; Single Room: RMB 5810.00/person
Difficulty Level:(A few hours of walking is involved on flat paved ground, some climbing may be optional)
Sep. 17 (Thr.) Fly to Xi'an in the morning. Visit the Ancient city wall and the Big Goose Pagoda. Overnight at Xi'an.
Sep. 18 (Fri.) Visit Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum and Shaanxi Provincial History Museum and Hui minority street. Evening flight to Beijing. Overnight at Beijing.
Sep. 19 (Sat.) Tour ends after breakfast.
Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. The Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. These 7000 life-sized pottery soldiers, horses, chariots and weapons arranged in battle formations served as a terra-cotta army guarding the tomb of the first emperor of Qinshihuang (259-210 B.C.).
The Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of the city, was built in the Tang Dynasty (652 A.D.) to house the 657 volumes of Buddhist scriptures brought back from India by the monk Xuan Zang.
The Ancient City Wall, built during the Tang Dynasty, is the most complete city wall to survive in China, and one of the largest ancient military defence systems in the world.
The Shaanxi Provincial History Museum is one of the best museums in China. 370,000 exhibits in the museum vividly show the history of over a million years from prehistoric times (1,150,000 years ago - 21st Century B.C.) to about 1840 A.D


Optional Post-Conference Tours for Conference Participants and Accompanying Persons

PT-2: Beijing - Xi'an - Shanghai (5 days and 4 nights)

Dates: Sep. 17-21, 2015
Price: Shared Twin Room: RMB 6500.00/person; Single Room: RMB 7480.00/person
Difficulty Level:(A few hours of walking is involved on flat paved ground, some climbing may be optional)
Sep. 17 (Thr.) Fly to Xi'an in the morning. Visit the Ancient city wall and the Big Goose Pagoda. Overnight at Xi'an.
Sep. 18 (Fri.) Visit Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum and Shaanxi Provincial History Museum and Hui minority street. Evening flight to Shanghai. Overnight at Shanghai.
Sep. 19 (Sat.) Visit Tian Zi Fang Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street Temple Shanghai Bund, Overnight at Shanghai.
Sep. 20 (Sun.) Visit The Oriental Pearl Expo Park, Shanghai- Palace of Fine Arts of China. A night tour on the Huangpu River,Overnight at Shanghai.
Sep. 21 (Mon.) Tour ends after Breakfast.
Tian Zi Fang. Comparing with the brand new modern buildings, you can find the special architecture of old shanghai city. Peoples, who lived in shanghai in their life, still live here. It’s such a peaceful and quiet place to live.
China Art Palace, a free museum in Shanghai, is located at the China Pavilion of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.The exhibition area of the China Art Palace covers 64,000 square meters (27 exhibition halls), showing the origin and development of modern Chinese art with plenty of art treasures (mainly oil paintings, prints, Chinese paintings, and sculptures). The China Art Palace cooperates with other world famous art museums to hold exhibitions of modern art from other countries.
Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street, China's premier shopping street, 3.4-mile-long Nanjing Road, starts at the Bund in the east and ends in the west at the junction of Jing'an Temple and Yan'an West Street. Today it is a must-see metropolitan destination attracting thousands of fashion-seeking shoppers from all over the world.



Optional Post-Conference Tours for Conference Participants and Accompanying Persons

PT-3: Beijing - Guilin - Guangzhou (3 days and 2 nights)

Dates: Sep. 17-19, 2015
Price: Shared Twin Room: RMB 5700.00/person; Single Room: RMB 6550.00/person
Difficulty Level:(A few hours of walking is involved on flat paved ground, some climbing may be optional)
Sep. 17 (Thr.) Fly to Guilin in the morning. Reed Flute Cave、Rongsha lake( Ancient city gate、Jiuqu bridge、Big banyan tree、 Sun and moon pagodas、Zhengyang pedestrian street).
Sep. 18 (Fri.) Drive to YangSuo from Guilin in the morning, then visit Lijiang River( Bamboo river pier-yangshuo with Lunch,)、YangSuo West Street, Overnight at YangSuo.
Sep. 19 (Sat.) Drive to Guilin from YangSuo in the morning, then visit Fubo hill. Tour ends after Lunch and fly to Guangzhou.
Reed Flute Cave. With its location five kilometers northwest of the downtown of Guilin, the Reed Flute Cave is a brilliant cave marked on almost all travel itineraries. The cave got its name from the verdant reeds growing outside it, with which people make flutes. Inside this water-eroded cave is a spectacular world of various stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations created by carbonate deposition. Illuminated by colored lighting, the fantastic spectacle is found in many variations along this 240-meter-long cave. Walking through the serried stone pillars, tourists feast their eyes on changing spots, feeling they are in a paradise where the Gods live.
Lijiang River, The Li River originates in the Mao'er Mountains in Xing'an County and flows in the general southern direction through Guilin, Yangshuo and Pingle. In Pingle the Li River merges with the Lipu River and the Gongcheng River and continues south as the Gui River, which falls into the Xi Jiang, the western tributary of the Pearl River, in Wuzhou..
Fubo hill, Fubo Hill(Wave-Subduing Hill), About 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) from Elephant Trunk Hill and above the western bank of Li River Scenery , there towers Fubo Hill, another of Guilin's wonderfully scenic spots. It reaches the height of 213 meters (698.8 feet) and emerges 62 meters (203.4 feet) above the water. Half of it stands in the river and the other half of it on land. Since the galloping water is always blocked here and eddied, the hill is considered to have the power of subduing waves. Moreover, it was on this hill that a temple in commemoration of General Fubo was built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), which gave rise to the name Fubo Hill.
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