BISROS 2016 General Information

Date and Venue

Date

The Symposium will be held on June 2016.

Venue

The Symposium will be held at the International Convention Center of the Chinese PLA General Hospital. The Chinese PLA General Hospital is located at No. 28 Fuxing Road, Haidian District, Beijing, covering an area of over one million square meters and a floor space of over 252,900 square meters. Its International Convention Center has 12 meeting rooms of various sizes, state-of-the-art convention and exhibition facilities, and the capacity to hold 2000 people at a time

The address of the hospital is: 28 Fuxing Road, Beijing 100853, China.

The following map shows the location of the hospital:

Language

The official language of the Symposium will be English.

Arrival

All flights arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport, which is 30 kilometers from town, and is served by major international airline companies. Airport bus shuttles connect the airport to different parts of downtown Beijing, including Beijing International Convention Center. But the most convenient way is to take a taxi at the taxi stand; the cost is around 100 Chinese yuan.

(a) By Airport Shuttle Bus

It is economical to take an Airport Shuttle Bus if you travel light. Please select Route 4, which runs from Beijing Capital International Airport to Gongzhu Fen, and get off at the final terminal. The cost is 16 Chinee yuan. Then, take a taxi to get to the hotel or the PLA General Hospital at about 10 Chinese yuan. The last bus from the Airport is 21:00.

(b) By taxi

The total cost is around 150 Chinese yuan, including the expressway fee. The total time is around 50 minutes. If encountering a heavy traffic, the cost may be higher and the time spent longer.

Please get a taxi at the taxi stand; do not accept any other services offered by illegal drivers inside the terminal building.

Although there is an airport subway to town, it costs much more than the shuttle and needs two subway transfers. So it is not recommended.

Climate and Weather

The average daily temperature in July is about 22°C /72°F, with highs of around 35°C /95°F and lows of around 22°C /72°F. This is a rainy season: the monly amount is about 200mm, but generally the rain does not last very long.

Passport and Visa

A valid passport and a visa are required for entry into China. Visas can be obtained from your local Chinese Embassy or the nearest Consulate General. Japanese and Singaporean participants holding a private passport and staying in China for not more than 15 days do not need a visa. Early registration is advised so that adequate time is allowed for obtaining visas.

To obtain a business visa, Symposium participants can provide passport information at online registration so that the organizer can prepare and send an official visa invitation letter, which lists the city where the applicant should apply for the visa, the passport data and the profession of the applicant and the accompanying persons, and the date of entry and the length of stay. Alternatively, the Symposium participants can apply for a tourist visa through a travel agent aftering booking air tickets and completing hotel reservation.

Insurance

The Symposium organizers do not accept any liability for personal accidents or loss or damage to the private property of any participants during the Symposium or indirectly arising from attending the Symposium. It is advisable that participants should purchase adequate travel and health insurances before leaving their own countries.

Currency Exchange

The renminbi (literally "people's currency") is the legal tender in the mainland of the People's Republic of China. The official abbreviation is CNY, although also commonly abbreviated as "RMB". Money exchange centers can be found at the airport, most hotels and large shopping centers. The exchange rate at the end of 2011 is roughly US $1 = 6.35 Chinese yuan. When exchanging money, please keep your receipt so that you can convert any remaining Chinese currency back to foreign currency upon leaving China. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and JCB are accepted in many department stores and hotels. It may be difficult to withdraw cash with credit cards.

The Bank of China and most hotels can cash travelers' checks issued by many foreign banks or financial institutions. Participants will need to show their passport and pay a certian percentage commission fee. Travelers' checks signed over to a third party cannot be cashed in China, but can be presented for collection through the Bank of China.

Electricity

The electricity supply in China is 220V, 50Hz. Two types of sockets are used: three-pin socket (a grounding pin and two flat prongs forming a V-shape) and two-pin socket (two flat parallel prongs without grounding). See the photo below:

     

Tipping

Tipping is not generally expected in mainland China. Although bellboys and staff may have become used to the international traveler giving small tips in large hotels, it is not expected or required. Most larger hotels and some restaurants charge a service fee, e.g. 15%.