MobiCom 2009 / Beijing, China / September 20-25, 2009

 

 Social Event and Conference Dinner Banquet 

 

Dinner at the Great Wall of China
The Great Wall at Juyongguan

After the last paper session on Wednesday, September 23, we will leave the MobiCom conference hotel by bus for the Great Wall of China at Juyongguan (Juyong Pass), where we will have the conference dinner banquet. This section of the Great Wall is about 47 kilometers (29 miles) from the conference hotel.

The Great Wall of China, stretching over many thousands of miles, was originally created after the unification of China in the third century BC by China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. During the Qin Dynasty (221 to 206 BC), the Great Wall of China was created by connecting and extending a series of old fortification walls constructed during the Warring States Period (403 to 221 BC) of Chinese history, to form a continuous wall as a defense against invading tribes.

The Great Wall was further extended, rebuilt, and enhanced during succeeding Dynasties, with much of what remains of the Wall built during the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644). The Wall is one of the great wonders of the world and was enlisted as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1987. In Chinese, the Wall is known as "Wan-Li Qang-Qeng", which means 10,000-Li Long Wall (10,000 Li is equal to about 5,000 km).

Juyongguan, one of the most renowned passes of the Great Wall, is a national cultural protection unit of China and is the most recently restored part of the Wall. Throughout history, the pass has been an important military stronghold, situated in a valley surrounded by mountains. The pass is also a beautiful scenic spot, with beautiful flowers and lush trees covering the mountains around the pass.

Juyongguan   Juyongguan

The conference dinner banquet will take place in the evening, just in front of the Northern Gate, part of the Great Wall at Juyongguan, as shown below:

Juyongguan

At night, it's a bit cold at the pass, so we recommend you bring a coat with you, in addition to comfortable shoes for walking and climbing.

Detailed schedule:

3:00pm-3:15pm   Preparing for departure after paper session (badge, shoes, and coat)
3:15pm-4:00pm Transport to Juyongguan Great Wall by bus
4:00pm-6:00pm Climb on the Great Wall
6:00pm-8:00pm Banquet at the pass
8:00pm-9:00pm Transport back to conference hotel



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