Venue and Xiamen
The conference will take place at the Swiss Grand Xiamen Hotel.
Facing Gulangyu Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Swiss Grand Xiamen Hotel is situated in a vibrant area of Xiamen with spectacular views over the ocean and many popular attractions nearby.
Swiss Grand Xiamen
12 Lu Jiang Dao
Travel to the hotel
The taxi fare from the airport is RMB45 or USD6.5, from the Train Station RMB15 or USD2, from North Train Station is RMB80 or USD11.3. Taxi drivers only accept Chinese Currency.
The address of Swiss Hotel in Chinese is : 厦门市思明区鹭江道12号瑞颐大酒店, Tel: + 86 0592-6366666
The seaside city of Xiamen is located in the southeast coast of China. It is made up of Xiamen Island, Gulangyu and some coastal areas on the north bank of Jiulong River. It has a permanent population of just over 4 million (2018).
Blessed with a beautiful natural environment, Xiamen has been awarded several honours such as China's Outstanding Tourism City, National Model City for Environmental Protection, National Hygienic City, National Garden City, International Garden City and UN- Habitat Scroll of Honor Award
The city is famous for its cultural diversity, exotic architecture, unique South Fujian cuisine and culture, tea gardens, and modern urban surroundings. An historical heritage and modern urban culture are combined in Xiamen, integrating the East and the West at many levels.
You can find out more about what to see and do during your time in Xiamen via the Official Tourist Office website
Gulangyu is situated southwest of Xiamen Island, facing the city center across the 600-meter-wide Lujiang Channel. It covers an area of 1.87 square kilometres and is home to Chinese and western architectures and famous tourist attractions such as Sunlight Rock, Shuzhuang Garden and Harmonium Museum.
Protestants started several churches on Gulangyu including China's first Protestant Church in 1848. Many well-known missionaries and mission doctors came to Xiamen, such as Sir Patrick Manson, the Father of Tropical Medicine and the founder of the original London School of Tropical Medicine. He took an early interest in medical education, founding the first western-style medical school in China and lived in Xiamen for several years.
Gulangyu is also known as “Piano Isle” because it has more pianos per capita than any other city in China - over 350 pianos, or one in every five homes. There is a piano museum in Shuzhuang Garden displaying more than 40 ancient pianos collected by Hu Youyi, a patriotic overseas Chinese.
Quick facts about Xiamen
Economy: Xiamen is a modern and international hub with competitive economic strength and emerging industrial bases. Since being chosen as one of China's Special Economic Zones, the vice-provincial city has developed and expanded pillar industries including electronics, mechanics, shipping and logistics, tourism and exhibitions, finance and commerce as well as software and information services.
Hub-city: Xiamen has become an important hub city connecting “Belt and Road”. It is located in the core area of the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road and it is one of the four international shipping centres in China with 53 shipping routes along “Belt and Road”.
International exchanges: Xiamen has 20 International Friendship Cities: The 144-Hour Transit Visa-Free Policy for foreigners has been approved in Xiamen. In 2018, It received 89 million tourists and held 9145 conferences and exhibitions.
R&D and advanced manufacturing: Xiamen has become an important production and R&D base of advanced manufacturing industry. There are 89 innovative items, 268 Industrial S&T Projects and more than 1600 National High-Tech Enterprises. It has six national characteristic industrial bases, including audio-visual communication, tungsten materials, software, semiconductor lighting, electric power and electrical appliances, biology and new medicine.
A liveable garden city: The government, enterprises and social organizations invest a lot to protect the environment every year. The comprehensive air quality index ranks seventh among 169 cities in China. The water quality standard rate of centralized drinking water source is 100%, the centralized treatment rate of municipal domestic sewage is 96% and the utilization rate of hazardous waste disposal is 96%. Xiamen has upgraded 532 hectares of garden green space.
Social harmony: Xiamen has become an enchanting city of social harmony. More than 70% of the government’s general budget is devoted to people's livelihood and social undertakings. Xiamen takes the lead in establishing universal health insurance, minimum living security, affordable housing and other systems in China. It also improves the national health information system, including the public liability insurance for natural disasters for the whole citizens and realizes free public compulsory education in urban and rural areas.