The 2nd International Modernization Forum Modernization and Diversity
 China Center For Modernization Research, CAS
Chinese
General Information

1.Venue

China Hall of Science and Technology (中国科技会堂)

Address: 3 Fuxing Road, Bejing, 100038, China

Tel: 86-010-68518822

Homepage: http://www.chst-hotel.com.cn/

Reservation: please contact Dr. Qing Ye, Secretariat of IMF2016 at imf@mail.las.ac.cn, or contact Hotel at http://hotels.english.ctrip.com for reservation directly.

2.Visa Information

Visitors to China must have a valid passport and, in most cases, an appropriate Chinese visa. Most of conference attendees will need a visa to travel to China. Please check with your local Chinese Embassy or Consulate General for your visa application details at your earliest convenience.

Visa application should be made at least one month before your departure for China. Passport must be valid for at least six months for a single or double entry visa and at least nine months for a multiple entry visa. You can apply the visa at the Chinese Embassy/ Consulate in your country. The conference organizers do not provide any particular visa service.

2.1 There are two types of visas

Tourist Visa (L Visa): The simplest way is to apply for a tourist visa, which gives you enough time to attend the conference and participate in pre/post conference activities. Most attendees should get a Tourist Visa. Please contact the Embassy or Consulate in your region for instructions. An official invitation letter is NOT required. The regular processing time is 4-5 working days. Please plan ahead to allow enough time for visa processing.

Business Visa (F Visa): If you have a problem on obtaining a tourist visa, you will need an official invitation letter to apply for a business visa. This letter will be sent to you upon request.

2.2 More information

List of Chinese Embassies and Consulates around the world:

   http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/wjb/zwjg/

Visa application procedure and form download in the U.S:

   http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/hzqz/zgqz/

Useful/unofficial websites about Chinese visa application:

   http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/visa-application/
        http://www.travelchinaguide.com/embassy/visa/introduction1.htm/
        http://www.thebeijinger.com/forum/Practical-Advice/Visa-Issues

2.3 Professional Visa Services

For US citizens China Visa Service Center, VisaRite and Atlas Services will take care of the application process. For British citizens Thames Consular provides a similar service.

3. Invitation letter

If you have a problem on obtaining a tourist visa, you will need an official invitation letter to apply for a business visa (F Visa). This letter will be sent to you upon request.

To require the filled Visa Notification Form for your visa (F Visa) application purpose, you will need to provide the photocopy of your passport and request letter to Dr. XIaomei Bi, Secretariat of IMF2016 at imf@mail.las.ac.cn by email.

An official invitation letter will be issued and sent to you by email or by fax. Individuals requiring original documents are requested to specify their needs and allow for longer delivery time.

All requests for invitation letters and Visa Notification Forms should be made before February 28, 2016.

Contact person: Dr. Qing Ye, Secretariat of IMF2016, E-mail: imf@mail.las.ac.cn.

4. International Transportation

The organizing committee is not responsible for arranging air-transportation for the registrants between their own countries and Beijing. Registrants must make their own arrangements for air transportation.

Beijing Airport is an international airport. There are many airlines directly to main cities of Asia, North America, Europe and Australia. Flights to other cities can be connected in Hong Kong, Tokyo, etc. For appropriate flights information correspond to the country you are from, please contact your nearest travel agency.

5. Working Language

English is the official language of the forum.

6. Important Dates

Deadline for abstract December 30, 2015
Deadline for full paper submission February 28, 2016
Deadline for pre-registration February 28, 2016
On-site registration May 20, 2016

7. Contact Persons in China

7.1 Registration, Accommodation and Tour Correspondence

Dr. Qing Ye

Phone: 86-10-62539187 ext 20

Fax: 86-10-62539103

Email: imf@mail.las.ac.cn

Website: http://en.modernization.las.ac.cn, or http://www.modernization.ac.cn

Address: No. 33 BeiSiHuan West Road, ZhongGuanCun, Beijing, 100190 China

7.2 Academic Correspondence

Dr. Wenyu Zhu

Phone: 86-10-62539187 ext 18

Fax: 86-10-62539103

Email: imf@mail.las.ac.cn

Website: http://en.modernization.las.ac.cn, or http://www.modernization.ac.cn

Address: No. 33 BeiSiHuan West Road, ZhongGuanCun, Beijing, 100190 China

8. Beijing Climate

Beijing lies in the continental monsoon region in the warm temperature zone and its climate represents as hot and rainy in summer and cold and dry in winter.

The four seasons in Beijing are distinct.  It is dry, windy and sandy in spring and hot and rainy in summer.  May is the beginning of summer in Beijing, which is the best season of the year when the sky is blue and clear; the air is crisp, mild and humid.

Average Data

April

May

June

August

Average Temperature (℉/℃)

57/14

68/20

75/24

77/25

Average High (℉/℃)

68/20

79/26

86/30

86/30

Average Low (℉/℃)

46/8

57/14

66/19

70/21

Max (℉/℃)

86/30

90/32

96/36

93/34

Min (℉/℃)

38/3

50/10

77/25

68/20

Humidity (%)

46

53

61

77

Rain (mm)

21

34

78

160

http://www.travelchinaguide.com/climate/beijing.htm

9. Currency and Exchange

The official currency in China is the Renminbi (RMB) or "people's currency" the basic unit is the yuan (also known as "kuai"), which equals 10 jiao (or "mao"), which is then divided into 10 fen. Exchange centers can be found at airports, most hotels and large shopping centers. Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) could help you change RMB from your credit card. Visa, Master, American Express, Diners Club, JCB, and other credit cards are accepted in most malls and hotels. But it might be difficult to draw cash with credit cards. When exchanging money, please keep your receipt by which you can change the remaining RMB back to foreign currency when leaving China.

Bank of China and most hotels can cash traveler's checks issued by any foreign bank or financial institution. Participants will need to show their passport and pay 0.75% commission fee. Traveler's checks signed over to a third party cannot be cashed in China, but can be presented for collection through the Bank of China.

Convertible currencies will be Australian dollar (A$), Austrian schilling (Sch), Belgium franc (BF),Canadian dollar(Can$), Danish krone (Dkr), German mark (DM), French franc (Ff), Japanese yen (Y), British sterling pound, US dollar US$), Hong Kong dollar (HK$) etc.
   http://www.discountchinatours.com/travelTips/currency.htm

10. Social Security

China is generally a safe country. However, hang on tight to your wallet especially in crowded, popular tourist sites in tourist cities such as Beijing and Xian. These tourist cities also has a lot of touts in the streets touting tourist from currency exchange to jewelleries to female companionships. Avoid at all cost!
http://www.chinatour.com/tips/china.travel.tips.01.htm#money.exchange

11. Water

In China, tap water is considered quite hard and needs to be boiled before drinking. Therefore, Tap water at all hotels in China is not drinkable. Inquire with hotel staff members when you check in. If you are unsure it is recommended you drink bottled water only or cool boiled water offered by hotels.
http://www.china.org.cn/english/travel/45789.htm

12. Power Supply

China uses 220 volt power supply for standard domestic and business purposes. Hotels generally provide wall sockets in every bathroom for razors and hair dryers, accommodating both “straight two-pin plugs,” and “triangular 3-pins plugs.”
http://www.china.org.cn/english/travel/45790.htm

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