Travel Information


  • Tourist Visas Some QSIC 2012 participants may require visas to enter and stay at the People's Republic of China. The simplest way is to apply for a tourist visa, which should give the holders enough time to attend the conference and participate in pre/post conference activities. Invitation letters are not required for tourist visas. Please contact the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in your region for specific instructions. The time to process such an application may vary, depending on where the application is made. We advise QSIC 2012 participants to apply as soon as possible if such visas are needed.
  • Business VisasIf a QSIC 2012 participant has any problem in obtaining a tourist visa to attend the conference, please contact Prof. Yunwei Dong via to request for an official invitation letter so as to apply for a business visa. Obtaining the letter can be time-consuming. In addition, please be reminded that the letter can only be issued to registered participants. Please email the following information when requesting an invitation letter:
    • Name
    • Company/affiliation
    • Full address (with city, state, country, and postal code)
    • Email address
    • Fax number
    • Paper ID and title (if applicable)

Local Transport
The address of Xi’an Tangcheng Hotel is No. 229, Nan Duan, Hanguang Road, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710065, China. The hotel is 8.5km from city centre of Xi’an, 14km from Xi’an railway station, and 65km from Xi’an Xianyang International airport. You can take either a shuttle bus or a taxi to arrive at the hotel from the airport.

  • Shuttle bus: Number 4 airport bus line to city. The fist bus stop is at the hotel gate. Priced at RMB30. The last bus #4 is at 18:20 from the airport
  • Taxi: Approximately RMB200.

Visiting Xi’an – Social Event
There is a one-day tour of the historic sites of Xi’an for any QSIC participants who are interested to join. The tour includes visiting The Terracotta Army Museum, HuaQing Palace (originally built in 644 A.D.) and Mausoleum of Qinshihuang. The date of the tour will be on the 30th Aug 2012.

We will use a travel agent to conduct the tour. The fee for the tour is NOT included in QSIC 2012 registration fee. It costs RMB400 per person (about US$65). The fee shall include transportation to the places of interest, tour guide, lunch and entrance fees. The tour departs from the Xi’an Tangcheng Hotel at 08:00, returning to the hotel at around 17:00. If you need a receipt, there is a tax of 15%. We need a minimum of 20 people to form a tour group.

Participants who intend to join should send an email (Subject QSIC 2012 Social Event) to to register your interest before the end of July. You can pay for the one-day tour at the conference.