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.
ACM MobiCom 2009 will take place inside the Beijing 2008 Olympic Park, at the InterContinental Hotel Beijing Beichen:
InterContinental Hotel Beijing BeichenDuring 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):
We recommend that MobiCom 2009 attendees stay at the conference hotel, the InterContinental Hotel Beijing Beichen.
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 http://groups.google.com/group/mobicom2009 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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:
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:
The Following 3 conditions apply for the NSF grant applicants:
for NSF-supported travel grant questions.
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: