Conference participants may need aChinese visa to enter China. Specifically, those who are not Chinesecitizens, except passport holders from Singapore, Brunei, and Japan,need a Chinese visa. Participants can apply for a visa at theChinese embassy or consulate in the region in which they live. Toavoid uncertainty, participants will be advised to apply for a visaas early as possible. It is recommended that they apply for aChinese visa at least 1 month in advance.
For most attendees, it is easier to apply for a Tourist ("L") visa;an invitation letter is NOT required for obtaining a Tourist visa.
* For more information, pleasecontact the local Chinese Embassy in your country.
The "Garden City"
Weihai, dubbed as China’s “Garden City”, rests along the shorelines of the northeastern end of Shandong. Weihai is the closest city in China facing Korea. The region also boasts of its lush forests, picturesque islands, and almost 600 miles coastal line. Without much of the cultural heritage such as hometown of Confucius at Qufu and hometown of Sun Tzu at Binzhou, Weihai is a leisurely-paced, seaport city. Because the city is flanked by sea in three different directions, Weihai’s yearly average temperature is 12.7°C, and an average rainfall of up to 900 mm. There are four seasons in Weihai, making Weihai a prime travel destination. It is also worth noting Weihai’s clear water, clean air, and low noise level all making Weihai the most livable city in China.
As well as a city, it is also a metropolitan region that consists of Rongcheng City, Wendeng City and Rushan City. The total area is 5,436 sq km with a population at 2.47 million.
Weihai’s history can be traced back to about 7,000 years. In 1398, the Imperial Ming Dynasty set up its first camp, called Weihai Guard. And later in 1898, the land was leased to Britain. It was returned to China in 1930. The City of Weihai was established in 1945.
Strolling down the streets of Weihai City, you will not be able to help but notice the shop signs are listed in bilingual: Korean and Chinese. Since Weihai is so close to Korea by sea, there are over 5,000 Korean families who have taken residence in Weihai. The cost of Korean goods are cheaper than that in Korea. And the Korean food in Weihai is very much so authentic.
In addition to sand beaches and coastal cliffs, Weihai’s city architecture blends a modern Chinese-style with Western touches. You can find buildings are in sharp white color reminding people of Greek Isles. Liugong Island is the birth place of Chinese navy. Here you will see the first naval academy of China and former headquarter of China’s northern fleet. Time is traced back to the late 1800s. Weihai is also host to Asia’s largest swan population. Weihai’s seafood, fisherman’s wharf visits, and hot springs will relax your brain as well as your muscles.
Visiting Weihai is easy as there are many travel options. MORE