Social Event — Acrobatics Show
Venue :Chaoyang Theatre
An Acrobatics Show will be provided during the conference on Oct.17th evening at Chaoyang Theatre. Guests are welcome. The Show is NOT included in the registration fee. Please make a reservation first, and the charge will be collected on-site by CASH in USD or RMB.
(RMB 210 person/day; the costs cover tickets, transportation.)
The Chinese acrobatics has a long history and rich national flavour. It is one of the art forms most popular among the Chinese people. The acrobatic art has been existent in China for more than two thousand years. In the long course of development, the Chinese acrobatic art has formed its own style. The ancient acrobatics stemmed from the people’s life and had a close link with their life and productive labour. Instruments of labour like tridents, wicker rings and articles of daily use such as tables, chairs, jars, plates and bowls were used in their performances of “Flying Trident”, “Balance on Chairs”, “Jar Tricks”, “Hoop Diving” and “Traditional Style Conjuring”, and others. Wushu, Diabolo Skill, and Lion Dance, originated from folk sports and games. The present Chinese acrobatics is full of optimism and well reflects the industry, resourcefulness, courage of the Chinese people. Chaoyang Theatre in Beijing is one of the most renowned theatres where you can watch wonderful Chinese acrobatics.
An one day city excursion will be provided during the conference on Oct.19th for a sightseeing of Beijing. The City Tour is NOT included in the registration fee. Please make a reservation first, and the charge will be collected on-site by CASH in USD or RMB.
A. City Excursion
Optional Tour 1: The Great Wall — Xiushui Street
(RMB 210 person/day; the costs cover tickets, transportation, lunch and guide.)
The Great Wall
The Great Wall is 6350km long and was a mammoth defense bulwark that serpentined its way across mountains and valleys in the northern part of the country in China’s feudal years. 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. Juyongguan (pass) is in the 18-kilometer (11 mi)-long Guangou Valley. The pass is one of the three greatest mountain passes of the Great Wall of China.
As the early free market and the most famous commercial brands of China, Xiushui Street has a history of nearly three decades, accompanying with China’s reform and opening up to the outside world. Situated in the extension line of Chang’an Street, close to international CBD commercial circle, its geographic position is superior and its transportation is convenient. Therefore, it becomes China’s international tourism shopping market with the most international influence, along with the Great Wall.
Optional Tour 2: Forbidden City—The Temple of Heaven—Hongqiao Pearl Market
(RMB 230 person/day; the costs cover tickets, transportation, lunch and guide.)
The Forbidden City
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.
The Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven is located in southern Beijing. It was first constructed in 1420, the 18th year of the reign of Ming emperor Yongle, and was extended and renovated during the reigns of Ming emperor Jiajing and Qing emperor Qianlong. It was the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would worship the god of heaven and pray for good harvest. Covering an area of 273 hectares, it is the largest architectural complex in the world for rituals to pay homage to heaven. In 1998, the Temple of Heaven was inscribed on the World Heritage List by the UNESCO. With profound cultural connotations and imposing architectural styles, the Temple of Heaven is considered a reflection of the ancient civilization of the Orient.
Hongqiao Pearl Market
Pearl Market is located in the south central area of Beijing, just to the east of the Temple of Heaven. It is a well known market dealing with pearls around the world. More than 1,000,000 visitors come to Hongqiao Market to buy pearls yearly. Even the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has been to Hongqiao Market three times as she was very impressed with the beautiful pearls. Apart from pearls, the market also offers seafood, digital products and silk.