Conference Excursion
One Day Tour in Beijing

 

The LT26 Conference will organize one-day tour in Beijing on August 14, the spare day of the conference.
Quotation* (based on a group of 10 people): RMB280/person
Service: English-speaking Guide, Transportation, Sightseeing Admissions, and Lunch.
*:The Quotation for the 3 tour routes is same.
 
 

Tour 1  Forbidden City- Lunch - Temple of Haven   

Lying at the center of Beijing, the Forbidden City, called Gu Gong, in Chinese, was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Now known as the Palace Museum, it is to the north of Tiananmen Square. Rectangular in shape, it is the world's largest palace complex and covers 74 hectares. Surrounded by a six meter deep moat and a ten meter high wall are 9,999 buildings. Since yellow is the symbol of the royal family, it is the dominant color in the Forbidden City. Roofs are built with yellow glazed tiles; decorations in the palace are painted yellow; even the bricks on the ground are made yellow by a special process. Nowadays, the Forbidden City, or the Palace Museum is open to tourists from home and abroad. Splendid painted decoration on these royal architectural wonders, the grand and deluxe halls, with their surprisingly magnificent treasures will certainly satisfy 'modern civilians'.


The Temple of Heaven is a worthwhile visiting place in Beijing. It is much bigger than the Forbidden City and smaller than the Summer Palace with an area of about 2,700,000 square meters. The Temple was built in 1420 A.D. during the Ming Dynasty to offer sacrifice to Heaven. As Chinese emperors called themselves 'The Son of Heaven', they dared not to build their own dwelling, 'Forbidden City' bigger than a dwelling for Heaven. The Temple of Heaven is enclosed with a long wall. The northern part within the wall is semicircular symbolizing the heavens and the southern part is square symbolizing the earth. The northern part  is higher than the southern part. This design shows that the heaven is high and the earth is low and the design reflected an ancient Chinese thought of 'The heaven is round and the earth is square'.

 

Tour 2  Summer Palace- Lunch - Yuan Mingyuan Park   

Situated in the western outskirts of Haidian District, the Summer Palace is 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from central Beijing. Having the largest royal park and being well preserved, it was designated, in 1960 by the State Council, as a Key Cultural Relics Protection Site of China. Containing examples of the ancient arts, it also has graceful landscapes and magnificent constructions. The Summer Palace is the archetypal Chinese garden, and is ranked amongst the most noted and classical gardens of the world. In 1998, it was listed as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

 

 


Yuanmingyuan (Garden of perfect splendor) is renowned throughout the world for its fabled charms and association with Chinese modern history. Extolled as the "Garden of Gardens" and the "Versailles of the East" during its heyday. It was an imperial summer resort painstakingly built and repeatedly expanded under the personal supervision of five emperors of the Qing Dynasty.

 

 

 

 


Tour 3  Great Wall - Lunch - Ming Tombs 

Great wall of China was an ancient gigantic defensive project. It is one of the largest construction projects ever completed. Great Wall of China is one of the greatest wonders of the world. It winds its way westward over the vast territory of China from the bank of the Yalu River and ends at the foot of snow-covered Qilianshan and Tianshan mountains. It is seldom that we see such a gigantic project in China or elsewhere in the world. The Chinese call it the Wall of 10,000 li. Its size is better seen on a map or from an aerial photograph.

 

 

Located at the foot of the Tianshou Mountain in Changping District, Beijing, the MingMausoleums, occupying an area of 120 square kilometers, are well preserved andhave the biggest number of emperors buried in the world./In 1961, the Ming Tombs were proclaimed as the important cultural relics under stateprotection. At present, three mausoleums, Changling, Dingling and Zhaoling are opento the public as scenic spots.

 

 

 

 

For those accompanying persons who would like to tour in Beijing during the conference, or delegates who would like to tour in other cities of China before or after LT26 conference, please visit http://www.cast-meeting.cn/26ILTP2011/cities-tour.htm

 

Tour for Accompanying Persons

One-day Tour for Accompanying Persons

During the LT26 conference, we will organize a one-day tour on August 12 for all accompanying persons free-of-charge. We will visit two famous scenic spots in Beijing. One is the 798 Art Zone, a vibrant place which is home to the most avant-garde and trendy art and cultural community in Beijing. The other one is the Silk Street, the most popular shopping area for foreign visitors where you can buy both fashion brands and traditional Chinese products. We will also arrange lunch for the participants. If your accompanying person is interested in the tour, please go to the “Counter for one-day tour” by the registration desk for more information and for registration.

 798 Art Zone

Located in Dashanzi Art District (originally the 798 Factory), 798 Art Zone is a vibrant place home to the most avant-garde and trendy art and cultural community in Beijing, and is the biggest space for cultural, artistic and commercial activities in the area.

Constructed among 50-year old decommissioned military factory buildings of unique architectural style, it is often compared with New York's Greenwich Village or SoHo.

Designed by the East German's architects in the Bauhaus style in the early 1950's, and then reconstructed and redesigned by the contemporary artists, the space combines China’s past, present, and future and the unique meaning of the socialistic culture.

798 Art Zone not only organizes national and international art exhibitions and communications in its galleries and stores of various flavors, but also looks to host high-level cultural and commercial activities including: fashion shows, product launches, press conferences, social parties, meetings, fairs and all the other corporate services and entertainments, etc.

For more information of 798 Art Zone, please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/798_Art_Zone

 Silk Street

 As a shopping center accommodating over 1,700 retail vendors, Silk Street is a must-visit destination for foreigners visiting Beijing. A saying among foreign visitors goes as “Climb the Great Wall, visit the Forbidden City, eat Peking Roast Duck, and shop in Silk Street.”

Foreigners can buy not only luxury designer brand apparels and accessories such as hats, handbags, shoes, belts, sportswear and silk fabrics at relatively low prices here, but also traditional Chinese handicrafts, antiques, calligraphy, carpets, table cloths, bed coverings, paintings, hand-knit dresses, toys, electronic gadgets, trinkets, and fine jewelry.

As a reminder, bargain is both necessary and important at Silk Street. If you bargain really well, you can obtain the commodities at half of their offered price or even less.

For more information of the Silk Street, please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silk_Street

 


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