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Beijing is a metropolis in northern China and the capital of China. Lying 70 mi (102 km) west of Bohai Sea, it borders Hebei Province to the north, west, south, and for a small section in the east and Tianjin to the southeast. This city is a major transportation hub, with dozens of railways, roads and motorways passing through the city. It is also the destination of many international flights arriving in China. It is regarded as the political, educational, and cultural center of China.

With a history of more than 3,000 years, it has been an integral part of China's history. There is scarcely a major building that doesn't have at least some national historical significance. Due to its position as China's capital for around 850 years, Beijing offers a wonderful array of attractions. No other city in the nation attracts more travelers.

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Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven was built in 1420 during the reign of Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty. Situated in the southern part of the city, this grand set of structures covers an area of 273 hectares. To better symbolize heaven and earth, the northern part of the Temple is circular while the southern part is square. The whole compound is enclosed by two walls, a square wall outside a round one. The inner enclosure consists of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest and the Circular Mound Altar.

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Tian’anmen Square and Forbidden City

Located in the center of Beijing City is Tian’anmen Square, where you can visit Tian’anmen Tower, Monument to the People’s Heroes, and Great Hall of the People. At the north end of the Square is Tian’anmen Tower. Initially built in 1417 during the Ming Dynasty (1368 A.D.- 1644 A.D.), the Square was the front door of the Forbidden City. Situated at the heart of Beijing, the Forbidden City is approached through Tian’anmen Gate. It is a location endowed with cosmic significance by ancient China‘s astronomers.

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The Great Wall at Juyongguan Section

In Chinese history, Beijing was not only one of the ancient capitals, but also one of the most strategic cities in the north. Many rulers ordered the building of the Great Wall here, making it the best destination to admire the comprehensive military defensive system of ancient China and one of the wonders of the world.

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Mutianyu Great Wall and 798 Art Zone

The Mutianyu Great Wall is one of the best-preserved and best-known Great Wall sections. Compared with the top-notch Badaling, Great Wall at Mutianyu is less crowded, thus a good destination on hot holidays for a Great Wall tour at ease.

798 Art District is SoHo and Greenwich Village with Chinese characteristics. Since 2001, artists have converted this cluster of abandoned Bauhaus-style factories into the country’s top studios and galleries.

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Important Dates

February 2020

Distribute and post the “Call for symposia”

May-July 2020

ISPC discussion of symposia

July 2020

Early Bird registration opens

August 2020

ISPC Meeting #2

October 2020

Distribute and post the “Call for Abstracts”

October 2020

Distribute and post the “Call for Travel Grant applications

January-March 2021

Travel Grant Evaluation

March 2021

Announcement of Final Program and Travel Award