Post-conference tours will be made available for ICOM-CC 2020 participants and accompanying persons at additional costs. Please find below a selection of tour program options.
More details and registration information will be available soon.
Tian'anmen Square + the Forbidden City (Palace Museum)
Tian'anmen Square is the largest public square in the world. It has long been a gathering place for locals and visitors alike. On the north side of the square is Tian’anmen Gate (the Rostrum). It was from the balcony of the Rostrum on October 1, 1949, that Mao Zedong, chairman of the Communist Party, proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic of China. Mao gazes south from a massive portrait on the south side of the gate onto Tian'anmen Square. Behind the Rostrum lies the Forbidden City, also known as the Imperial Palace.
The Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors beginning with its creation by Emperor Yongle in 1420 until the last Qing emperor, Puyi, left in 1924. The entire complex consists of 8,706 rooms in which an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people lived all within 170 acres. Behind walls more than 30 feet high and within the 160-foot moat, complex rules and rituals dictated life in the Imperial Palace. Strictly off-limits to ordinary Chinese people (hence the name) the gates today lead to a fascinating display of Chinese history in what is probably the best-preserved site of Classical Chinese architecture.
Summer Palace + Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven was an imperial sacrificial altar in Ming and Qing dynasties.
On the winter solstice, the emperor would express thanks for the lunar year and pray for next year’s harvest. Ancient Chinese philosophers considered heaven the source of harmony and spiritual authority. The dominant feature of the complex is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests and the ceiling is supported by 28 wood pillars without nails or cement.
The Summer Palace is one of the finest landmarks in Beijing. It has long been a royal garden and was expanded and embellished by Emperor Qianlong in the 18th century but later abandoned. Empress Dowager Cixi began rebuilding the garden in 1888 using fund that was supposedly reserved for the construction of a modern navy. The Kunming Lake occupies three-quarters of the garden area. We recommend taking a boat ride on the Kunming Lake before visiting the Long Corridor. This 728-metre corridor is decorated with 8,000 paintings including many which portray emperor’s journeys around the country.
Great Wall of Badaling
The Great Wall is a symbol of Chinese civilization and one of the wonders in the world. Badaling Great Wall is the most representative part of the Great Wall ruins, it was promoted as an important national cultural relic, protected under the approval of the State Council in 1961. In 1988, it was enlisted in the World Cultural Heritage Directory by UNESCO. And On July 7, 2007, Badaling Great Wall was listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Badaling Great Wall is situated in Yanqing County, around 70 kilometers (43 miles) northwest of Beijing. It is the most well-preserved section of the Great Wall, built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). This section has an average altitude of over 1,000 meters (3,282 feet) and is the outpost of the Juyongguan Pass. Since the mountain slope is very steep and the roads are tortuous, which made it a perfect military stronghold.
2 to 3 Day Tour of Xi’an
Xi’an is the capital of Shaanxi province and one of the oldest cities in China. With more than 3,100 years of history Xi’an is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China and was known as Chang’an before the Ming Dynasty. Xi’an held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history, including Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui, and Tang, it was also the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army.
The city has many important historical sites and some are ongoing archaeological projects, such as the Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang and his Terracotta Army. Several burial mounds and tombs of the Zhou Dynasty kings are also located in the city. Moreover, Xi’an has 800 royal mausoleums and ruins of sacrificial temples from the Han Dynasty as well and numerous treasures from other dynasties.
2 to 3 Day Tour of Shanghai
Shanghai is the largest city and the most populous city in China. It is located in Eastern China and sits at the mouth of the Yangtze River. Because of its rapid growth over the last two decades, it has once again became a global city, exerting influence over finance, commerce, fashion, technology and culture.
Once a fishing and textiles town, Shanghai grew in importance in the 19th century due to its favorable location as a port and was one of the cities opened to foreign trade by the 1842 Treaty of Nanking. The city then flourished as a center of commerce between the East and the West and became a multinational hub of finance and business in the 1930s. However, with the Communist Party takeover of the mainland in 1949, the city’s international influence declined. In 1990, the economic reforms introduced by Deng Xiaoping resulted in an intense re-development of the city, aiding the return of finance and foreign investment to the city. Shanghai is now aiming to be a global finance hub and international shopping center in the future and is one of the world’s major financial center.