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Visiting Symposium attendees are invited to experience BEIJING!

Attendees/guests of the 7th International Symposium are invited to participate in The Forbidden City: The Great Within. Tour one of China’s most iconic historic and architectural treasures, the Forbidden City on Thursday, October 11th. This tour is complimentary.

The tour will depart promptly from the Grand Hyatt Beijing at 8:30am, and return at 12:30pm.  Your morning at leisure will be spent viewing and learning about the history of the Imperial Palace and its royal residents that ruled from the early 1400’s to the early 1900’s.

A visit to the famed Tiananmen Square, considered the heart of the city, will complete the tour.

Casual dress and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.  A space on this tour can be reserved via registration when it becomes available. Tour details and schedules are subject to change. The McDonnell Academy reserves the right to cancel tour departures should there be a lack of participation. Participants will be notified in advance.

View/Download a .pdf overview of the Forbidden City Tour.

Tours taken at leisure, ranging in recreational interest, level of activity, and length and date are available to Symposium attendees.

We encourage you to arrive a little earlier or stay a little longer to discover what Beijing and its spectacular surroundings offer you! Abercrombie & Kent Beijing will offer several tour options that can be booked in advance (recommended) or on-site at the Symposium during specific times.  Costs for leisure tours are at the expense of guests.  View tour options here.  The tour options provided are for Monday, October 15, 2018; however, they may be arranged for other days depending upon availability. View/Download a .pdf overview of the 2018 Symposium Optional Tours.

For more information or to make advance bookings contact:

Steve Du, Senior Manager, Sales & Operations
Abercrombie & Kent Beijing
+86 10 6507 7125

Beijing – The Capital

A visit to Beijing, the capital city of the People’s Republic of China, is a chance to immerse yourself in history and culture. A traditional, yet modern, dynamic and welcoming city, Beijing offers quintessential tourism experiences.

  • Access to wealth of historic and modern sites, such as the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, the National Stadium (Bird’s Nest), and the Great Wall.
  • Although any time of year is suitable for travel, one of the best months to visit Beijing is October during the “Golden Autumn”.
  • Beijing provides countless shopping experiences – find antiques, art and calligraphy, furnishings, silks and fabric, fashion, electronics and more in markets and luxury malls.

For more information on where to explore, dine, and learn in Beijing, go to www.

Vital visitor information


Beijing experiences hot, humid summers due to East Asian weather patterns,  and rainfall is more likely in the summer months (June – September).  Winter (December – February) is dry, windy and cold.  October is typically warm and sunny, with pleasant and mild temperatures.


Standard Chinese (Mandarin) is the official language in the People’s Republic of China.

Getting Around Beijing

One of the best ways to experience the capital is on foot, especially the old neighborhoods, but other methods of transportation are readily available.  Beijing is one of the largest and most populous cities in the world – traffic is commonplace.  However, the subway and buses are reliable and readily available, with a large network of lines and stops.

Health and Medical Services

Beijing has a high-standard healthcare system offering a mix of public and private services. Several public hospitals and health centers with accident, emergency and outpatient services are located throughout the city. Pharmacies can easily be found all over the city.

Comprehensive travel insurance is always recommended, and may offer healthcare agreements that allow service to be provided at a nominal cost.


The main supply in China is 220 volts, 50Hz (AC). Hotels catering to international guests are often equipped with multi-pronged universal outlets in hotel rooms and public spaces; however, international travelers should consider traveling with a universal adapter.

Banking and Money

Automatic teller machines (ATMs): ATMs are located throughout the city and will recognize cards issued by most banks.

Credit cards: Always inform your credit card company of your travel plans. MasterCard, Visa, American Express are accepted across the city by most outlets, and Diners Club is accepted at many hotels and restaurants.

Currency exchange: The best places to convert currency are at your hotel’s front desk or a branch of a major bank such as Bank of China or HSBC.

Emergency Services

In a life-threatening or time-critical emergency, to access emergency services dial the operator-assisted service for your particular emergency.

Fire: 119
Police: 110
Medical Emergency: 120