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CHINA
THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA is the third largest country in the world in terms of area. It is situated in eastern Asia on the western shore of the Pacific Ocean , with an area of 9.6 million square kilometers. China 's continental coastline extends for about 18,000 kilometers, and its vast sea surface is studded with more than 5,000 islands, of which Taiwan and Hainan are the largest. China has shared borders for centuries with Korea , Afghanistan , Pakistan , India , Nepal , Sikkim , Bhutan , Burma , Laos and Vietnam .
China has a diversity of land formations including mountains, hills, highlands, plains and basins. The highlands and hill regions account for 65 percent of the country's land mass. The highest mountain peak is Qomolangma (Everest); the lowest point is the Turpan Basin , 154 metres below sea level.
China is characterized by a continental climate. The latitudes span nearly 50 degrees, its southern part is in the tropical and subtropical zones, and its northern part near the frigid zones. The northern part of Heilongjiang province has long winters but no summers; while Hainan Island has long summers but no winters.
China , with a recorded history of 5,000 years, was one of the world's earliest civilizations. China was one of the countries where economic activity first developed.
China is the most populous country in the world, with 1.3 billion people about 22 percent of the world's total. China is a multi-racial country with 56 ethnic groups.

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BEIJING
Beijing is located in northern China . The city covers an area of more than 16,800 square kilometers (6,487 square miles) and has a population of 13.82 million people.
As the capital of the People's Republic of China , Beijing is the nation's political, economic, cultural and educational center as well as being the China 's most important center for international trade and communications. It has been the heart and soul of politics and society throughout its long history and consequently there is an unparalleled wealth of discovery to delight and intrigue travelers as they explore Beijing 's ancient past and enjoy its exciting modern development. Beijing is a historical city, established more than 3000 years ago. It was the capital city for five dynasties over the last seven centuries. The long and brilliant history left Beijing countless historical attractions, including the famous Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven , the Summer Palace , the Ming Tombs, etc. Beijing is also a lively city with colorful culture and fascinating traditions. Here one can easily follow the tracks of history and people's life, from historical Beijing-style lanes (Hutongs) to ultra-modern business districts, from traditional antiques and silk markets to the fashionable shopping malls, and from colorful and delicate Peking Opera to the wildest Rock-n-Roll.
Beijing is a modern city, too. On the streets of Beijing , high-rises, shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, comprehensive and busy traffic networks keep telling you the stories of its modern achievements. Now Beijing is ready to welcome everyone with better environment, comfortable living, convenient and high-efficient transportation, top-class services, and, as always, the hospitality from Beijing people..
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CONFERENCE VENUE
Yulong Hotel and Yulong International Hotel(
http://www.ylgjhotel.com/index.php?Locale=en-us)


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ARRIVAL
Beijing Capital International Airport is located in northeast of Beijing, capital of People's Republic of China, and 25.35km from the Tiananmen Square, center of Beijing city.
You can take a taxi from airport to the hotels.
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TAXI
Getting around in Beijing by taxi is not hard, as long as you are prepared. Assume your driver will not speak English. Keep the name of your hotel written down in Chinese characters. A brochure, business card or receipt may work or have the hotel staff write it down for you. Then you can easily show it to a driver.
Taxis in Beijing are metered, so just get in the taxi and pay the fare when you get out. The machine will also print out receipts automatically for you if you need it.
Beijing taxis start at 10 renminbi (Chinese dollars) and don't actually tick up for a good distance. Often if you are not going too far (around 3km) the ride will cost you ten or twelve renminbi which is less than two US dollars.
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VISA
All foreign visitors entering China must have a valid passport and a visa. Upon receiving the registration form and the payment, the Conference Secretariat will send the official invitation letters for visa to the registered participant. With the invitation letter for visa, the participants may apply for the entry visa at the Chinese Embassy or Consulate General in his/her country. If you have any questions, please visit the website of
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, P.R. China .
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TIME DIFFERENCE
China Time is 8 hours ahead of GMT
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BANKS
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 09:00-17:00
Money exchange facilities for both currency and travelers' cheques are available at major airports, hotels, and department stores. Please note that hotels may only exchange money for their guests. The US dollar, British pound, French franc, German mark, Japanese yen, Australian dollar, Austrian schilling, Belgian franc, Canadian dollar, HK dollar, Swiss franc, Danish Krone, Singapore dollar, Malaysian ringgit, Italian lira, Macao dollar, Finnish markka, and Taiwan dollar are all exchangeable. Exchange rates fluctuate in line with international financial market conditions and are published daily by the State Exchange Control Administration.
Keep your currency exchange receipts, because you will need to show them when you change RMB back to your own currency at the end of your visit to China. Currency rather than credit cards is essential in remote areas, and you should ensure that you carry sufficient RMB and travelers' cheques to cover your requirements.
There is no limit on the amount of foreign currency and foreign exchange bills that can be brought into China by tourists, but the amount must be declared to the customs.
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CURRENCY AND PAYMENTS
The currency used in China is Renminbi yuan (RMB ¥). The exchange rate between USD and RMB at present is about one USD to RMB 6.30 yuan. Credit cards such as Visa, American Express and Master Card are acceptable at hotels, large restaurants and shopping centers and can be cashed in the headquarters of the Bank of China.
The advance payment of the registration fee and other reservation fees should be made in USD.
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INSURANCE
The conference organizers cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained, or for loss of, or damage to, property belonging to conference participants or their accompanying persons, either during or as a result of the Conference. Please check the validity of your own insurance.
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ELECTRICITY
The electrical voltage in China is 220V. Most hotels provide 110V outlets for electric razors.
Australia standard bnc connector plugs.
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WEATHER AND CLOTHES
Beijing is located in the temperate zone and enjoys a continental monsoon climate. The average temperature in Beijing in mid Jul;y is 26 ℃ . As the conference center and all the hotels are air-conditioned, a suit is recommended during the Conference.
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LANGUAGE
The working language of the conference will be English. In daily life, Mandarin is commonly used in the modern China .
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SHOPPING
Shops are generally open from 9:00-21:00.
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TIPPING
1-2 US Dollars for porters per luggage and 5-10 US Dollars for tour guides per day.
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