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City Excursion

In order to let you intuitively appreciate Beijing’s ancient civilization, a half-day city excursion to the Great Wall, Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City, which three are the best-known tourist attractions, will be provided during the conference.

 

Optional Lines of City Excursion

Line 1: The Great Wall 

Time: Afternoon(to be determined), October 12, 2016

Price: CNY 180/person    

Note: The cost covers admission, transportation and guide.

Line 2: Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City

Time: Afternoon (to be determined), October 12, 2016

Price: CNY 180/person    

Note: The cost covers admission, transportation and guide.

 

How to Book the Tour

If you’re interested, please log in to your registration account and make the reservation first online: http://oec.pku.edu.cn/sys/Conf/iaus323/Reg. All charges will be made onsite in RMB cash. Reservations can also be made onsite at the registration counter, however seats cannot be guaranteed. We kindly advise you to book your tickets in advance.

Note: either of the two lines might be cancelled or the price would be increased if less than 10 people register for it.

 

Introduction of the Tourist Sites

  • The Great Wall

The Great Wall is 6350 km 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 dynastyQin, who brought it to completion. Repeated extensions were done in later dynasties until the Ming. Now the Great Wall has become a famous historical scenic spot for tourists.

 

  • Tian’anmen Square

 With a total area of 440,000 square meters (880-m-long and 500-m-wide), Tian'anmen Square, located in the center of Beijing, is the largest of its kind. Over a hundred years, many ceremonies and demonstrations have been held there. Tian'anmen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) was built in the 15th century and restored in the 17th century. From imperial days, the yellow glaze-tiled double-eave tower functioned as a rostrum for proclaiming pronouncements to assembled masses. On October 1, 1949, Chairman Mao Zedong proclaimed the founding of the new China here. The tower has five doors and in front of it are seven bridges spanning a stream. Historically, only the emperor could use the central door and bridge. The gate leads to an imperial city -- the Forbidden City.

 

  • 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.