Registrations are now open at
(for invited participants only)
This is the first announcement of the
"Sino-France Workshop 2005 on the Formation and
Evolution of Galaxies" to be held in April at a beautiful resort located inside
Beijing Botanic Garden, under the Fragrant Hills in the suburban area of
Below please find information regarding the preliminary schedule of the workshop
as well as
other practical information. We strongly suggest that you start to arrange your
and let us know as soon as possible if you have any suggestions and further
regarding your coming visit to China (for example, additional visits outside
The workshop will be held between Monday to
Friday 18-22 April 2005. This includes
four-day presentations and discussions, as well as one-day tour to the Great
Wednesday 20 April.
The workshop will be held at Sleeping Buddha
Temple Hotel (Wo Fo Shan Zhuang), located inside
the Beijing Botanic Garden, in the western suburban area of Beijing, under the
(The Western Mountains). It is about 10-15 kilometre from Peking University and
Beijing National Observatories Centre.
3. Registration and welcome reception
The registration will be held Sunday 17 April at
the conference place. A welcome reception
will take place at dinner time. Snacks and drinks will be served (but not a full
4. Conference dinner
The conference dinner will be held in the evening
of Thursday 21 April at the conference place.
The dress code at the dinner will be "smart casual".
5. Tourism on 23-24 April
If you still opt to stay in Beijing for the weekend following the workshop, you
to join the following activities:
1) 23 April (Saturday): A visit to the National
Astronomical Observational Stations will be
organized including the optical/IR Xinglong Station
and the Huairou Station (http://sun.bao.ac.cn/) for
solar physics. Both places have attractive sceneries.
The lunch will take place at the Xinglong Station and dinner at the Huairou
Station. A coach will
pick you up at the conference place in the morning and take you back at the
2) 24 April (Sunday): A city tour will be
organized. There will be a choice of between a tour to
the Forbidden City and The Temple of Heaven, and another to the Summer Palace
Old Summer Palace (Ruins of Yuan Ming Yuan). Information regarding these tourist
can be found at http://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/beijing/index.htm
For those who wish to come with their spouse, it
is possible as the hotel provides standard rooms
with a double or twins bed. However, a tariff will be charged to cover the
The cost of meals is 120 RBM (~12 Euros) per day. A receipt for this cost can be
provided if requested.
8. Hotel reservation before and/or after the conference
For those who wish to arrive in Beijing
earlier than 17 April, or stay longer after the conference.
Information on hotel reservation can be found at this web site: