You will need a visa to enter China. It is fine if you just get a tourist visa.

We suggest you to buy insurance for your trip to China.



The Chinese currency is called RMB (=Ren Min Bi, meaning people's money). The basic

unit is Yuan (meaning disk). One euro is worth approximately 9 yuans
( You will certainly need a small
amount of local money, and can exchange US dollar or euros at the airport (every bank

at the airport). The rate and surcharge (if any) are the same at every currency exchange.

For other currencies you may have to go to a branch of Bank of China. You may also

get local money from ATMs with a major credit card. Using a debit card at an ATM

usually gives you good exchange rate if the transaction amount is not too small.
There are two branches of Bank of China near AMSS.


Heritage sites:

Summer Palace
Forbidden City
Temple of Heaven
The Ming Tombs

The Great Wall
Peking Man Excavation Site at Zhoukoudian (discovered by a professor of Peking University).

Modern Architectures:

National Stadium (including Bird's Nest and the Olympic Park)

National Theater

Other attractions:

798 Art Zone

Capital Museum

Tian-an-men Square

Wangfujing Shopping District

Qianmen Street  (Here is a video)

Specially for Foreigner:

Hou-hai (bars and restaurants)

Xiu-shui-jie Bazaar (shopping)

Pan Jia Yuan Market (Most of the antiques sold there are fakes!)


We plan to organize two sightsee during the summer institute on June 26th and July 1st for registered participants. One tour will be the Great Wall. Free transportation and guide will be provided for lecturers and invited speakers, but you are responsible for other expenses of the tour.

Tours in China:

You are encouraged to arrange a pre- or post-conference tour by yourself. Check the website


From the airport to AMSS:

The most convenient way is to take a taxi. It costs about 90 or 100 yuans including

10-yuan highway toll. Alternatively, if you come alone and arrive before 22:00 pm,

you may take the airport shuttle bus No. 5 with the final stop at Zhongguancun,
then AMSS (or Wu Ke Hotel) is just for 7 minutes walking. For Tian Chuang Hotel, it

will be about 12 minutes walking, or you may take a taxt, which cost 10 yuans. This

 option costs 16 (+10) yuans. If you have trouble communicating with the driver,

print this slip (Wu Ke Hotel or Tian Chuang Hotel) and show it to the driver. Be

aware there are three terminals in the Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK).

This is particularly important on your way back.

Local transportation:

The most convenient way is to take a taxi. It is inexpensive (10 yuans startup for three

kilometers and 2 yuans per kilometer afterwards, plus 1 yuan for petrol tax) and safe. You

pay the amount shown on the meter + 1 yuan. Do not pay tips. Tips and tax are included in

the price. The night rate (between 23:00pm-6:00am) is 120% of the regular price. Be aware

 that an unlicensed  taxi may overcharge you. The plate number of a licensed taxi begins

with B. Alternatively you may take the metro for longer trips (e.g. to downtown). You can

buy tickets on the automachine at each station, (pay attention: the ticket bought at one

station may not be used at another station) or buy  one pre-paid electronic pass (which

works for all station but costs 20 yuans). Both cost 2 yuans for each ride (like metro in

Paris).  Busses can get you to any point at a very low cost (1 yuan per ride), they are

slow and may be very crowded during rush hours.

Hotels near AMSS

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Wu Ke Hotel for lecturers and invited speakers, the 3-star guest houses near AMSS, conveniently located on the campus. And we also reserved some room at Tian Chuang hotel, also 3-star hotel, in the walking distance of AMSS for invited speakers. If you have not been offered a room, you can find a place yourself. The rooms are in short supply during the summer. Here are some hotels near the campus:

Wu Ke Hotel (北京物科宾馆), Tel: 010-82649482 or 010-82649140, Fax: 01082649491,

Ke Yuan Hotel (科苑公寓) , Tel: 010-82628538 or 01082628078

Tian Chuang Hotel (天创宾馆) , Tel: 010-51192066 or 51192000, Fax: 010-51192077

Heng Xing Hotel (北京恒兴商务酒店) , Tel: 010-62629988, Fax: 010-62560102,



There are several coffee near AMSS. Click for the map. And there is a coffee machine in our laboratory (Room 915 in Siyuan Building). If you would like have some coffee during your stay, please bring some (no beans) with you.  


Welcome to the Kingdom of Gourmand.  Please enjoy the authentic Chinese food, which can be
further classified as Sichuan, Cantonese, Shandong, etc. The well-known Peking duck belongs
to Shandong cuisine. A typical dinner costs 100 yuans and a meal at small restaurant is about 25 yuans
Here are some restaurants around AMSS.

Authentic Chinese cuisine:

1. The restaurant in 3rd floor of Wu Ke Hotel (conveniently located and clean).

2. Ji Tian restaurant, next to Tian Chuang Hotel, Chinese fast food.

3. QuanJuDe (Peking Duck) strongly recommended, Phone: 82150018 or 82151015,  Tsinghua Science Park.

4. Xiang Lin Tian Xia, Spicy food, Tel: 010-82699999 or  82698888, Opposite the East Gate of campus of AMSS, crossing Zhongguancun East Road. (expensive)

5. JadeGarden (Su Zhe Hui), Zhejiang food, Tel : 82862800, Opposite the West Gate of campus of AMSS, crossing Zhongguancun South San Road. (expensive)

6. Jin Yang Restaurant, Shanxi food, Tel: 62800508, East-North corner of Bao Fu Si Brige, Basement of Yin-Gu Building.


If you have a trouble with the Chinese menu, there are westen food restaurants nearby:

6. Firstar restaurant, Tel: 010-62509665 or 62509669, 200 meters from west gate of campus of AMSS. (expensive)

7. Coffee Time, East-North corner of Bao Fu Si Brige, inside Cai Zhi building.


If you would like go further to Zhongguancun Square, there are many restaurants on the walking street:

8. Charme (Gang Li restaurant), Cantonese food, Tel: 51721270

9. Lu gang restaurant, Taiwan food, Tel: 010-51721340

10. Zhong 8 Lou, Yunnan food, Tel: 010-51721728  51721729

11. Uama Teppenyaki Show, Japanese barbecue food, Tel: 010-59863691  59863695

12. Xia-pu xia-pu, Chinese hot pot, Tel : 010-82486010

Mobile communication

Mobile phones are very popular in China. If you wish, you may bring your own mobile

phone and buy a local SIM card at the cost of 50 yuans or less.


    Watch out for cars!  Do not expect cars to stop for you even if  you are on a zebra crossing!
    Tap water can be used to brush teeth, but it is not supposed to be potable!
    Public toilets (outside AMSS) usually do not provide free toilet paper! Carry your own!



The Great Wall was first constructed by several kingdoms to protect their own territories. When the Qin

emperor eliminated all other kingdoms in 221 BC, the walls of the former kingdoms were reused and

connected to form the northern boundary of the Qin Empire. Since invasions from the north were the major

threat to China, the maintenance and rebuilding of the wall never stopped until the end of the Ming Dynasty.

A major reconstruction occurred in the Ming dynasty in early 15th century. What we can see today is the

wall built 600 years ago. It was recently declared that the length of Ming Great Wall is 8851.8 km.

Early locations of the Great Wall are very hard to trace now. Chinese, ancient and modern, believes in

walls. Every city was surrounded by a wall. Quite often double walls were constructed, and at the extreme,

four walls were built in Beijing (two for the city and two for the royal district). Most walls were torn

down in modern times. Likewise, every college, every company, every community builds a wall (a Jordan curve)

to define its boundary. One can enter or exit only thorough the gates. A first time visitor from China

standing between the Royce Hall and Powell Library may still wonder where UCLA is because he has not

passed through a gate.



The City of Beijing was the capital of  the State of Yan, one of the seven Warring States from 5th century BC

to 3rd century BC, and has been the capital of China since 1285 (except for the two brief periods:

1368--1407, 1927??1949). Beijing enjoys a centralized system. It is a mix of Washington (politics), New

York (finance), Boston (culture & education), Los Angeles (entertainment), Denver or St.Louis

(transportation). Beijing is also a city of manufacture. Only very recently steel and chemical productions

are reduced. What you see in Beijing is not typical Chinese. This is the best part of a huge country at

expense of other areas. Because of many opportunities, talented people are sucked from all parts of

the country into the city.  There are roughly 11 million residents and 5 million migrant workers in



Haidian is one of 17 districts of the city of Beijing, packed with many colleges and institutes, like

the Latin district in Paris.