SCC 2008 will take place at the Conference Center in the
New Main Building
of Beihang University. We have reserved rooms at
Park Plaza -
Beijing Science Park and Beihang Reception Center for SCC 2008 participants. It takes about 15 and 5
minutes respectively to walk to the conference site from these two hotels.
Standard room rate of Park Plaza is about
78 USD per night, while that of Beihang Reception Center is 38 USD per night. Park Plaza is recommended because the waiters there can speak English and the rooms are more comfortable.
The maps below show where these two hotels are located and how to get to the conference site.
It is convenient to apply for a tourist visa to enter China
(in this case, no formal document is needed). If you wish to apply for a business visa
to enter China, please request a letter of invitation from Mr. Chenqi Mou with your postal address.
- Currency Exchange
The currency exchange rate of USD and CNY is about 1:7.1.
Foreign currency is not acceptable in most cases.
You can do currency exchange at the airport, Park Plaza, and nearby banks.
The Beijing Capital Airport is about 30 kilometers away from the conference site.
You may take either taxi or shuttle bus there to your hotel. If you arrive on
April 27 and would like to have some assistance at the airport, please inform
Mr. Chenqi Mou of the time of
your arrival with flight number. Someone will meet you at the airport and help ask
a taxi to send you to your hotel (in this case, you should look for someone holding
your name at the exit of the arrival hall).
The taxi fares in Beijing are quite affordable and you pay exactly the amount
shown on the taximeter. It costs about 100 CNY from the Capital Airport to your
hotel. You are advised to keep the receipt, which could help you find the driver
when necessary. You may print these
notes and show them to taxi drivers.
If you take an international flight, please arrive at the airport two hours
before the time of departure. You may take a taxi at Park Plaza and,
if necessary, you may print this note and show it to the taxi driver.
Beijing has a large variety of moderately priced Chinese restaurants, but the waiters in most of these restaurants do not speak foreign languages. If you like adventure and unexpected experience, you may just go there and try. Otherwise, you may find MacDonald and KFC in various places where you know how much you pay (less than what you usually do) and what you get, or go to restaurants in star-ranked hotels where the waiters can speak English.
Park Plaza and big shopping malls may accept international credit cards. Except those specialized for international guests, most grocery stores and restaurants only accept Chinese currency in cash.
The climate of late April in Beijing is usually enjoyable. The mean temperature is about 20°„centigrade or 68°„Fahrenheit and the highest temperature may reach 30°„centigrade or 86°„Fahrenheit. Occasional winds and rains are possible.
In general, Beijing is a quite safe city. We remind you to watch out both automobiles and bikes when you cross streets. Some pedestrians and bikers in Beijing ignore all kinds of traffic lights, signs, and barriers. Please do not follow them to cross streets.