Banquet

Venue: Bai Jia Da Yuan
Time: 19:00-21:00,
   Aug 16th, 2012
Location: No. 15 Su Zhou Street, Haidian District

The Baijiadayuan Restaurant has successively won the ” Nationwide Specific Grade Restaurant “honor. It is famous for imperial court cuisine and the unique Baifu dishes. This is less a restaurant and more a garden palace where an emperor of the Qing dynasty had resided. The cooks at this restaurant are descended from the ancient cooks of the Qing dynasty and they would be laying out a meal for you that is fit for the kings.
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Beijing City

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Beijing, a municipality directly under the Central Government, is the capital of the People's Republic of China and the country's political, economic, and cultural center. It is also a famous historic city.

Beijing covers 16,807 square kilometers. Mountainous areas occupy 10,417 square kilometers, accounting for 62% of the city’s landmass. The rest, 6,390 square kilometers or 38% of the total, is flatland. Beijing belongs to the warm temperate zone with a semi-humid climate. It has four distinctive seasons, with short springs and autumns, while summers and winters are always long. Annual temperatures average 12.8℃. January is the coldest month with an average temperature of -6.4℃, and July, the hottest with an average temperature of 29.6℃.

Beijing has a registered population of 13 million. The average life expectancy is 74 for Beijing residents. People from all of China's 56 ethnic groups can be found in Beijing. The vast majority of the population belongs to the Han ethnic group.

Beijing is home to the Peking Man, one of the earliest human species that existed some 700,000 years ago. Historic records and archeological findings prove that as a city, Beijing dates back to more than 3,000 years ago. It was the capital of five dynasties—the Liao, Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing. And since October 1st, 1949, Beijing has been the capital of the People’s Republic of China.

Since then, Beijing has been the country's political and cultural center and center of the country's international exchange. The Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace are all on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

In 2008, the 29th Olympic Games and the 13th Paralympics were successfully hosted in Beijing.

TOUR INFORMATION

A half day city excursion and three-day accompanying persons’ tours will be provided during the conference for a sightseeing of Beijing. In addition, two post-conference tour packages at special rates are available for your choice if you want to take a brief travel in China.

A. City Excursion

Line 1: The Great Wall

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The Great Wall is 6350km long and was in China's feudal years a mammoth defense bulwark that serpentined its way across mountains and valleys in the northern part of the country. Construction of the Great Wall began in the 7th century BC. But it was Qinshihuang, the founding emperor of the first unifying dynasty Qin, who brought it to completion. Repeated extensions were done in later dynasties until the Ming. The 600-year-old Badaling Fortification in Yanqing County in northwest Beijing is representative of Ming sections of the Great Wall.

Line 2: Forbidden City

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The Forbidden City, now known within China as the Palace Museum, occupies the central part of Beijing Municipality, and was the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Its construction began in 1406. Over the years after its completion, 24 emperors ruled the whole country from here for nearly 500 years. With many halls and pavilions, marble railings and steps, red walls and yellow tiles, the Forbidden City looks resplendent and magnificent. It occupies an area of over 720,000 square meters with 9,000 bays of halls and rooms.

B. Post-Conference Tours


China, a land of beauty and fascination, tempts adventurous travelers from all over the world. She has so infinite variety of people, enchanting natural landscape, brilliant history and culture and fascinating destinations that a visitor tends to be as bewildered as bewitched.
Since many of you will be traveling considerable distances coming to China, you might like to take the opportunity to enjoy some of China's unique attractions after the work of the Meeting. Two designed tour lines are available for your traveling and sightseeing in China.
The details below are for your reference only. Please stick to the travel agency’s arrangement for final.
  1. Beijing – Xi’an – (Shanghai) – Suzhou– Shanghai(4 nights and 5 days)
  2. Beijing – Xi'an – Guilin – Guangzhou to Hong Kong (4 nights and 5 days
Please note that either of the 2 packages would be cancelled if less than 10 people register for it.

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Brief Introductions of Tourist Sites

Xi’an City

Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi Province, has over 3,000 years of recorded history, with human habitation present here as early as the Neolithic times, as discovered at the Banpo Village. Xi’an has been the capital of 12 dynasties, though it has been known as various names, most notably as Chang’an. It was also the starting point of the Silk Road, where camels were loaded for their long and perilous journey to the Central Asia.
Today, Xi’an city’s Charm lies in its historic atmosphere. There’s a palpable sense of past glories, and vestiges of its history are ever present. One can easily imagine the sights and sounds of Xi’an at the height of its glory when wandering along the city walls.

Old City Walls

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Xi’an’s gray city walls are imposing and built to keep out bandits and barbarians. The massive walls measure 12m high and 16m wide at the base, tapering to 12m to 14m and is 13.74km in circumference. Towers at each corner of the walls have defensive towers jutting out along the length of the walls. The surviving walls, built on Tang dynasty foundations, date to the Ming dynasty and were built during the 14th century. Parts of the wall have been destroyed and the wall is incomplete but many sections remain or have been rebuilt. You can get up on the walls at any gate at the compass points. The scenery at the south gate is the best.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

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South of the city walls if the brick Big Wild Goose Pagoda in the Temple of Great Maternal Grace complex. The temple was built in AD 648 by Tang emperor Gaozong as an act of filial piety to honor his mother. The temple was destroyed after the fall of the Tang dynasty and the present buildings, mainly from the Qing dynasty, have been recently renovated. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda is regarded by many as symbol of the city. Built in AD 652, the pagoda has a 5m-high square base and reaches 64.5m in height. It was built to house and protect Buddhist scriptures collected by Chinese monk, Xuan Zang, who spent an epic 17 years traveling to India and back for their collection and an equal amount of time doing translating them. His journey has been immortalized in the novel Journey to the West, one of the most important literary works about China.

Shaanxi History Museum

Shaanxi History Museum, which opened in 1991, is the largest comprehensive museum in the province. The museum exhibits over 3,000 historical relics, a small fraction of their collection, ranging from 155,000-year-old Opium Wars of the 1840’s.
The museum is built in a traditional Tang dynasty architectural style is modern and well designed. The main attraction of the museum is the magnificent collection of Tang dynasty artifacts. Of special significance are the bronze pieces and the Tang gold and silverware, the terracotta pieces and murals from Tang dynasty tombs.

The Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

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The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Work is ongoing at this site, which is around 1.5 kilometers east of Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum. It is a sight not to be missed by any visitor to China.
Upon ascending the throne at the age of 13 (in 246 BC), Qin Shi Huang, later the first Emperor of all China, had work begun on his mausoleum. It took 11 years to finish. It is speculated that many buried treasures and sacrificial objects had accompanied the emperor in his after life.
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Life size terracotta figures of warriors and horses arranged in battle formations are the star features at the museum. They are replicas of what the imperial guard should look like in those days of pomp and vigor.
The museum covers an area of 16,300 square meters, divided into three sections: No. 1 Pit, No. 2 Pit, and No. 3 Pit respectively. They were tagged in the order of their discoveries. No. 1 Pit is the largest, first opened to the public on China's National Day, 1979. There are columns of soldiers at the front, followed by war chariots at the back.
No. 2 Pit, found in 1976, is 20 meters northeast of No. 1 Pit. It contained over a thousand warriors and 90 chariots of wood. It was unveiled to the public in 1994. Archeologists came upon No. 3 Pit also in 1976, 25 meters northwest of No. 1 Pit. It looked like to be the command center of the armed forces. It went on display in 1989, with 68 warriors, a war chariot and four horses.
Altogether over 7,000 pottery soldiers, horses, chariots, and even weapons have been unearthed from these pits. Most of them have been restored to their former grandeur.
The Terracotta Warriors and Horses is a sensational archeological find of all times. It has put Xian on the map for tourists. It was listed by UNESCO in 1987 as one of the world cultural heritages.

Suzhou City

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There has always been a level of elegance, grace and romance in Suzhou that few cities can rival, and the gardens and canals lend an air of sophistication.
Suzhou, in East China’s Jiangsu Province, enjoys a particular renowned for her landscaped gardens. Over 150 in number, some are more than one thousand years old. The gardens are not large but are fascinating in their delicate design, containing hills, ponds, pavilions, terraces, corridors, and towers. Called the Venice of the East, Suzhou has a high water table which supplies the vast number of ponds and streams throughout the city and it is these ponds that serve to focus the many elements of the garden within a small space.

Garden of the Master of the Nets

The smallest but most renowned Suzhou garden, the Garden of the Master of the Nets welcomes visitors into another world. Lattice windows within the residence perfectly frame scenes of delicate flowers and bamboo outside while elaborate rock gardens complement adjacent fish ponds.
Representative of classic Chinese garden design, no distinction is made between the natural or the manmade and the amazing use of space means visitors don't feel crowded, despite the small size.

Shanghai City

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The financial capital of China, Shanghai, which means “go to the sea” in Chinese, is a city of 16million that remembers its hallucinating history. Divided in half by the Huangpu River into Puxi (West of the Huangpu) and Pudong (east of the Huangpu), Shanghai’s story is one of millions made and mirages lost. Pried open by British guns in the First Opium War, this once sleepy fishing and weaving village gained notoriety as the “Paris of the East” as a colonial city of commerce, vice, money and political intrigue. More recently, Shanghai has benefited the most from China’s economic reforms, rapidly rising as the shining “Pearl of the Orient”.

Shanghai Museum

Frequently cited as the best museum in China, the Shanghai Museum has 11 state-of-the-art galleries and three special exhibition halls arranged on four floors, all encircling a spacious cylindrical atrium. The exhibits are tastefully displayed and well lit, and explanatory signs are in English as well as Chinese. Located in the center of Shanghai in People's Square, Shanghai Museum is a large museum of ancient Chinese art. The museum style and presentation surround visitors with artifacts demonstrating ancient wisdom and philosophy. The exterior design of the round dome and the square base symbolizes the ancient idea of a round heaven and a square land.

The Bund

Of all the sights evocative of the splendor and decadence of old Shanghai, none is singularly more impressive then the Bund. Getting its name from an Anglo-Indian word meaning “muddy embankment,” the Bund rolls down a million dollar mile along the west bank of Shanghai’s most essential waterway, the Huangpu River. It’s on this swampy riverbank where Shanghai’s previous taipans (heads of trading houses) erected these monuments of wealth. The Bund still remains Shanghai’s number one tourist site and with all the things to see in Shanghai, this is the one that can’t be missed.

Guilin City

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“Guilin’s scenery is the most beautiful under heaven,” so goes a Chinese saying describing the immortal beauty of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region’s Guilin. Boats float down the charming Li River as limestone Karst Mountains jut from the ground like dragon’s teeth.
While Guilin is far from the crush of other Chinese cities, it is becoming developed and is a major tourist destination. Like many places in China, its history can be traced further back than many nations in the West. During the Han dynasty, Guilin became the political and economic center of Guangxi and continues to thrive today.

Elephant Trunk Hill is one of Guilin’s most recognizable landmarks and best known sight. Flute Cave has some of the best scenery in Guilin with stalactites and stalagmites casting distorted shadows that contort to the shifting multi-colored lights.

Guilin's celebrated
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) is just a 15 to 20 minute drive northwest of the downtown area. The cave's serpentine depths wind about within Guangming Mountain and feature some remarkable rock formations. Each of these rock formations is named, rather extravagantly in some cases, for the thing it resembles—mushrooms, roses, lions, old men, etc. The cave itself is named for the green reeds growing inside, the same ones you might notice being used to make the slide whistles sold outside the cave.

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Li River, one of the major attractions of the Guilin, has been described as “a green silk ribbon with hills like jade hairpins” and is ideal for exploration on a boat. The meandering 65Km cruise lasts 5 hours and takes your past a panorama of bamboo groves, sleepy villages, karst peaks and fisherman on rickety bamboo rafts fishing with cormorant birds.

Guangzhou City

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Guangzhou is located in the south part of China, at the mouth of the Pearl River. With a history of 2,200 years, it is regarded as the earliest among the international trade port cities in the world; built as Chuting by the Chu people on the middle reaches of the Yangtse River in the 9th century B.C.; established as Nanhai Prefecture in the Qin dynasty and became Nanyue Kingdom in the Western Han dynasty; the starting point of the Silk Road on the sea which links China with the Arabian and western countries in trading; the China's only foreign trade port at sea before the Qing dynasty. Under the China’s economic reforms, the first Special Economic Zones (SEZ) were created in the south, and when these economic experiments flourished, Guangzhou were quickly adopted the same economic reforms. The city soon became an economic role model for the rest of China. The surrounding province continues to be by far the most developed and wealthy in the country.

Chen Jia Ci

Also known as the Chen Clan Temple, this unique complex is a fascinating monument to South China's unique culture and to anyone from Guangdong Province with the common surname Chen. Built in the late 19th century with funds gathered from Chens throughout Guangdong, the Chen Jia Ci served as a gathering place, hall of ancestral worship and school.

Temple of the Six Banyan Trees (Liurong Si)

The Temple of the Six Banyan Trees is a wonderful place to get a sense of Buddhism's long history in China as well a vivid picture of what contemporary Chinese Buddhism looks like. The temple, given its present name in 1110 AD by famed Song Dynasty poet Su Dongpo (960-1279 AD), was established in 479 AD. Its primary feature is the Flower Pagoda (Hua Ta), a 17-tiered structure that towers 57 meters (almost 190 feet) over the ancient site.

The pagoda, which houses ancient relics from India, is decorated with a myriad of carved animals and holy figures. For an extra RMB 10 you can climb the spiral staircase, gaining some excellent views of the city along with close-ups of Buddhist icons and artwork.