General Information

Conference Venue

Beijing Friendship Hotel, a five-star garden hotel.

How to get there?
You can take taxis (costs about USD $15) or coach shuttles (cost about USD $3) from Beijing International Airport to the Beijing Friendship Hotel. The journey takes about 45 minutes.



The official language of the Conference will be English.

Personal Insurance

We recommend that all participants take out a personal travel and health insurance for their trip.


October is the best month in Beijing as the skies are clear and the weather is pleasant. Temperatures are between 10-15C at the end of October.


A valid passport and visa for visiting China are required. You can apply for an entry visa at your local Chinese Embassy or Consulate General with 1) a valid passport, 2) a visa application form, 3) a visa notification form (we will send you the visa notification form after your registration).

You can download the Visa Application Form from the website of your local Chinese Embassy or Consulate General.

Please note that it takes only 2-4 working days to process your visa application once you have all the documents listed above.


The electricity is supplied at 220V, 50Hz in China.

Currency Exchange

In China, only RMB is used. However, exchange centers can be found at airports, most hotels and large shopping centers. When exchanging money, please keep your receipt by which you can change any remaining RMB back to foreign currency when leaving China. Visa, Master, American Express, Diners Club and JCB are accepted in many department stores, shops and hotels. It may be difficult to draw cash with credit cards.

The Bank of China and most hotels can cash travelers check issued by any foreign bank or financial institution. Participants will need to show a passport. Travelers' check signed over to a third party cannot be cashed in China, but can be presented for collection through the Bank of China.