Thank you for the interest and most helpful questions received so far.
I am now able to give you a time frame of both our Beijing Gathering and the proposed conference afterwards, followed by the sightseeing options.
You may find it helpful to review the introductory post about the Gathering first which you can read here.
Beijing Center Gathering Timetable:
Oct 16: suggested arrival date.
We will send vans to pick you up at the Beijing International Airport.
Oct 17: Welcome dinner at 6pm and the orientation evening session at 7:30pm
Oct 18: Session times: 9am – 12pm, 3 – 6pm and 7:30 – 9:30pm
Oct 19 – 21: Same session time table as above
Oct 22: Gathering ends at 12pm, followed by lunch
Travel to Beijing International Airport:
It is anywhere between 2 and 2 hours and half by van from our center to the Beijing Airport. So please leave at least 5 hours in between the departure from our center and your international flight time! We will send you with our vans to the airport free of charge.
Beijing Conference Time Frame:
Oct 23: 9 – 12pm, 3 – 6pm
(Possible evening sessions too depending on the final number of presenters).
Oct 24: Same schedule as above
Oct 25: Same schedule except there will be no evening session this night.
Conference ends at 6pm
Oct 26: Departure
Beijing Package Tour:
For those who would like to join the optional the sightseeing extension
Oct 26: We will start our tour on Monday at 9am
Oct 29: We will finish the tour by 12pm on Thursday
Please note that during the conference time, we will have a van and driver available to take you to your travel destinations if you prefer not to participate in the conference. A fee will be charged based upon the time and destinations involved. Our center is half an hour drive to the Great Wall but 2 hour drive to Beijing proper.
Please do not hesitate to write to me if and when you have any questions, suggestions and/or feedback for us to be a successful organizer. We look forward to hearing from and seeing you in Beijing in October!
Co-founder of Haiwen Beijing Center