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If you already have a Chinese Visa, you can skip this information. Unless you are a citizen of one of the regions in China (such as Taiwan) or Singapore, Brunei or Japan, you need a Visa to travel to China.  

For US citizens, the fee is about $150, but each country is different.  To find information for your situation, go to and choose a country.  The Visa Application for many countries is here.  When you use Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this form, you will be able to type in the requested information and print the completed form. 

There are several possible kinds of visas.  The 'F' type of Visa is for "Non-business visit." It must be used within 3 months and allows you to stay in China for up to 9 days.  You must apply by mid April. Your application includes:

  1. A letter from APCDA inviting you to attend.
  2. A letter from Tsinghua University inviting you to attend.
  3. A completed application form, with a photo that meets these requirements.
  4. Your Passport, which must be valid for at least 6 months after you apply.
  5. Photocopies of other Chinese visas (if you previously visited China (or a region of China such as Taiwan).
  6. Depending on your nationality, you may also be requested to list other countries or regions you have visited since Jan 1, 2015. 

So that APCDA and Tsinghua University may provide the invitation letters, please complete this form.  We also need a photo copy of the Information page of your passport.  Send these materials to and ask for invitation letters.

Hotels Near Tsinghua University

The conference will be held in the Career Center building on the Tsinghua University campus.  The location is marked by a small red square close to the top of this map.  Many hotel booking websites list hotels in the area, but ( lists more hotels than others.  The map below is from

The blue markers are hotels and prices are in US dollars at the time this screenshot was taken.
1.  Tshinghua Unisplendour International Center
2.  Wenjin Hotel
3.  The Lakeview Hotel
4.  FX Hotel
5.  Beijing Jinghyi Hotel
7.  Aman Summer Palace
8.  Tylfull Hotel Beijing
11. Holiday Inn Beijing Haidian
12. Crowne Plaza Beijing Zhongguancun
Plus one hotel close to #1 listed on Hejia Inn Beijing Beisihuan

APCDA Officers have chosen to stay at the Wenjin Hotel because, using to book your room, it is possible to change or cancel your reservations up to a week before arrival.  The Tsinghua Unisplendour will not accommodate any changes in reservations but looks like an excellent hotel for those who are certain of their schedule. 

Airports in Beijing

There are two civilian airports in Beijing:  Beijing Capital International Aiport (PEK) and Beijing Nanyuan Airport.  Nanuan Airport is served by China United Airlines and primarily has flights to cities in China.  There are three terminals at Capital International Airport.  Terminal 1 serves local airlines, Terminal 2 primarily offers flights to Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, and Terminal 3 (which is a significant distance from the others) serves many international airlines.  Terminal 3 was opened for the Olympics in 2004 and was the largest building in the world at that time.

On the map on the left, Tsinghua University is in the Haidian district northwest of the center of Beijing.  It is close to the Summer Palace, a large lake on the left side of this map.  Capital International Airport is in the northeast corner of the map.  It is not necessary to go through the center of Beijing to reach the Haidian area, since both the airport and the university are north of the city.  It takes between a half hour and an hour by taxi to reach this area from the airport.

Tsinghua University Map

A red square marks the location of the Career Center where our conference will be held. Notice the Gates marked in black.  To enter the campus, you must pass through a gate.  Cars (taxis) must use the southeast gate.

Tourist Information for Beijing

by Shimeng (Linda) Mai

Beijing, China's capital, is known for both its modern architecture as well as its ancient sites such as the Forbidden City complex and the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. At the same time, Tiananmen Square pedestrian plaza, the site of Mao Zedong's mausoleum, is the largest public square in the world and can accommodate over one million people!

Some additional attractions in Beijing include:

Summer Palace: The most impressive of the surviving Chinese imperial gardens is very close to Tsinghua University. It is a recreational complex of lakes, greenery and palaces providing one of Beijing's most tranquil attractions.

Temple of Heaven: Combining the architectural qualities of both Ming and the Qing dynasties, the temple of Heaven was finished in 1420 and has been one of China's holiest sites.

Badaling Great Wall: It is listed as a World Cultural Heritage site by the UN. It is 11km beyond Juyongguan Pass and 60km north of Beijing, Badaling Great Wall, which means, "giving access to every direction," is the best preserved section of the Great Wall in China. The wall, as the witness of history, today serves as the friendship bridge between the Chinese people and people from other countries/regions.

Beihai Park: This former imperial garden-turned-public park is not just a site of outstanding beauty, but home to many sightseeing favorites, like the White Pagoda and the Nine-Dragon Wall.

Beijing National Stadium: Built for the 2008 Olympics, the 91,000-seat "Bird's Nest" has emerged as an icon of modern China. You can take a tour or grab Beijing National Stadium tickets to a soccer game.

Before or after the 2018 APCDA Conference in Beijing, you may want to see some of fascinating sights in other parts of China. Here is a short list of a few famous places.

Xian Terracotta Solders: Explore the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site of Terracota Army. Close up encounter with 7,000 life-sized figures in ordered rows and discover how the sculptures were meticulously constructed to honor Emperor Qin Shihuang, China's first ruler.

Longmen Grottos in Luoyang: The site is famous for its carvings. It is one of the three important places in China for Buddhist sculptures and carvings. There are about 2,100 grottoes and niches, over 40 crematory urns, 3,600 inscribed stone tablets and over 100,000 Buddhist images and statues. The Longmen Grottos in Luoyang have been listed in the World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO and have a great value in world sculpture history.

Old City in Suzhou: Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Classical Gardens of Zuzhou and water village of Zhouzhuang. Visit the Humble Administrator's Garden created from the 11th to 19th centuries and considered masterpieces of classical Chinese garden design.

West Lake in Hangzhou: Hangzhou's West Lake is spectacular in its landscaped and poetic beauty. Originally it was an inlet which was connected to the sea. The shifting of silt created a shallow lake which is popular for day trips in Southern China. The placid waters provide a soothing centerpiece to a park complex rung by hanging peaks, lazy willow trees and traditional Chinese architecture. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the mystique revolving around the enchanting "Ten Scenes of West Lake."

Wuzhen Water Town (Tongxiang): From Hangzhou explore and enjoy the scenic water town of Wuzhen. Visit the Sanbai Winery built during the Song Dynasty. Discover the Hundred-Bed Museum and about learn the indigo dye workshop, then watch a shadow puppet show with traditional Chinese instrument accompaniment. You can also enjoy a scenic river cruise.

Bund Architecture in Shanghai: The Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque style buildings on the Bund are like crystal palaces at night. Visitors also find the historic facts of the buildings interesting. It is known as "The World Expo for Architecture". Lujiazui is the financial district of Shanghai, and also home to a bunch of landmark buildings, including Oriental Pearl Tower, a distinctve landmark, and Shanghai Tower, the second tallest building in the world.

Mark your calendars now for Beijing in May 2018!

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