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


 Hotel and Travel 


MobiCom 2009 will be held September 20-25, 2009, in Beijing, China, a city with over 3000 years of recorded history and today's cultural and political capital of China. We look forward to seeing you in Beijing for MobiCom 2009!

To make a hotel reservation for MobiCom 2009, see the hotel information below.

Information on student travel grants for MobiCom 2009 is also available below.

Click here to reserve a hotel room

Directions on how to get from the PEK airport to the conference hotel in Beijing are now available.
This PDF file has specific directions for getting to the hotel by taxi or by subway.

   MobiCom 2009 Conference Venue 

ACM MobiCom 2009 will take place inside the Beijing 2008 Olympic Park, at the InterContinental Hotel Beijing Beichen:
InterContinental logo
InterContinental Hotel Beijing Beichen
8, Beichen West Road, Chaoyang District
Beijing 100105, China
Tel: +86-10-8437-1188
Fax: +86-10-8437-1388
During 2008 Olympics, the conference hall where MobiCom will be held was used for International Olympic Committee (IOC) press events. Now a 5-star hotel, the MobiCom venue is just steps away from Beijing's newest attractions: the Bird's Nest (National Stadium, where Usain Bolt broke two world records) and the Water Cube (National Aquatics Center, where Michael Phelps won 8 Gold medals).

Directions to the conference venue and conference hotel are available from the hotel's web site. The location of the conference hotel is also shown on the map and photo below (click on each of these two images to view a larger version):

Hotel map

Hotel location

   Hotel Information 

We recommend that MobiCom 2009 attendees stay at the conference hotel, the InterContinental Hotel Beijing Beichen.

Hotel photos

We have negotiated a special room rate at the InterContinental of CNY 1000 (about USD 150) per night, single or double occupancy. This rate includes up to two daily breakfasts. For an extra CNY 87 (about USD 13) per night, you can reserve a room with a view of the Bird's Nest and Water Cube as shown below:

Hotel views

Click here to make a reservation online through the InterContinental's MobiCom 2009 web page. The above hotel room rates are available only before the hotel registration deadline of August 20. Enter the details of your planned stay, including your check-in date and check-out date, in the small "Room Availability" form in the lower left of the hotel's MobiCom web page, and click the "CHECK AVAILABILITY" button there. If you are a member of the hotel's Priority Club, you can login using the larger form in the center of that page, but Priority Club membership is not required for making a reservation; if you are not a Priority Club member, you only need to use the small "Room Availability" form in the lower left of the page.

We have also created a room sharing discussion group for those who wish to find a fellow MobiCom attendee to share a double room with. To try to find someone to share a room, please visit to enter your information and look for a match.

If you need further information on accommodations and hotel reservation, please contact the MobiCom 2009 Local Arrangement Chair, Yongqiang Xiong (yqx*^@(!

   Visas and Visa Support Letters 

Attendees who are not Chinese citizens (or passport holders from Singapore, Brunei, and Japan) need a Chinese visa to enter China. You can apply for a visa at the Chinese embassy or consulate in the region in which you live. For most attendees, it is easiest to apply for a Tourist ("L") visa; an invitation letter is not required for obtaining a Tourist visa. If you need another type of visa that does require an invitation letter, please contact the MobiCom 2009 Local Arrangement Chair (below). An invitation letter can only be issued once you have registered.

A brief introduction to Chinese visas and instructions on applying for a Tourist ("L") visa are available from the Chinese Embassy in the United States. For information on applying for a Chinese visa from other countries, you can check with your local Chinese embassy or consulate. The Chinese visa application form in PDF is also available for download (for a Tourist "L" visa, select "Tourism" for "Major Purpose(s) of Your Visit(s) to China").

To avoid uncertainty, please be advised to apply for your visa as early as possible. It is recommended that you apply for a Chinese visa at least 1 month in advance.

If you have any visa questions or need help obtaining a visa, contact the MobiCom 2009 Local Arrangement Chair:

Yongqiang Xiong
4/F, Sigma Center
49, Zhichun Road, Haidian District
Beijing 100080, China
Tel: +86-10-5896-3136
Fax: +86-10-8809-7306

   MobiCom Student Travel Grants 

Student Travel Grants, supported by NSF and Euro-NF, are available for attending ACM MobiCom 2009. NSF will continue the tradition of sponsoring a number of US-based graduate students, with priority to under-represented groups and students who do not have accepted papers. Euro-NF funding is available for students studying in Euro-NF partner institutions -- to qualify, a student must be a member of the Euro-NF team in a participating University and/or research center at the time of application.

Each awarded student will be reimbursed (based on valid receipts) for up to USD $1000 (or Euro €700) after the conference.

A student travel grant application must include the following:

  1. The student's resume.
  2. A short letter describing the candidate's research accomplishments, and how attendance at ACM MobiCom 2009 will be beneficial. The student must mention if he/she has an accepted paper, poster, or demo in MobiCom or one of its workshops. The candidate must also clearly mention whether he/she is applying for the NSF or the Euro-NF award.
  3. A supporting letter from the student's advisor, stating that the student is in good academic standing (in the PhD program), and how he/she may benefit from attending the conference.
Students should email items 1 and 2 above as a single PDF attachment. The advisor should email item 3 with subject line: "MobiCom STG letter for ⟨student name". The application and supporting letter should be emailed to: Romit Roy Choudhury (romit#(@&

The Following 3 conditions apply for the NSF grant applicants:

  • The student has registered (or will register) to attend ACM MobiCom 2009. Students presenting papers in a workshop MUST also register for the conference in order to apply for the student travel grant.
  • The student will stay at the conference hotel designated by MobiCom 2009. Please remember to make reservations in advance.
  • The student will fly with a US-based carrier. According to NSF policy only airfare on a US-based carrier will be reimbursed.
Applications due:   July 15, 2009
Notification: July 31, 2009

Please email romit#(@& for NSF-supported travel grant questions.
Please email casetti#(@& for Euro-NF-supported travel grant questions.

   About Beijing 

Tian'anmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace)

Temple of Heaven

Panda in the Beijing Zoo

The Great Wall of China
Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and is the second largest city in China. Previously known in English as Peking, the name was changed when the system for spelling Chinese words in English changed; the name in English means "northern capital". Beijing is one of the Great Ancient Capitals of China and has hosted the seat of government for China for much of China's history.

Beijing Capital International Airport ("PEK") is the primary international airport serving Beijing and is the central hub for China's civil aviation network. Numerous international airlines serve Beijing's airport, providing flights from cities around the world. The airport is located northeast of the city center and is about 25 km from the InterContinental hotel where MobiCom 2009 will be held.

There are many world-renowned tourist sites in Beijing, including, for example, the Forbidden City, the Tian'anmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace), the Great Wall of China, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Ming Dynasty Tombs, and The Olympic Park.

Early fall (September, October) is the best season in Beijing. September weather average for Beijing: average high 78°F (25°C), average low 59°F (15°C), average precipitation 2.3 in (5 cm).

Chinese currency is known as the yuan ("CNY"), also known as renminbi ("RMB", literally "people's currency"). Subdivisions of the yuan are known as the jiao (1 yuan equals 10 jiao) and the fen (1 jiao equals 10 fen). Chinese currency is issued in the following denominations: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 yuan; 1, 2, and 5 jiao; and 1, 2, and 5 fen. At the current exchange rate (July 2009), USD $1 is equal to about 6.8 CNY; EUR €1 is equal to about 9.6 CNY.

Additional Beijing information about the city is available from:

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