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Social Program
 
A social program will be scheduled to welcome the Congress participants and to help them to obtain a better understanding of China and Beijing. The social program consists of a "Welcome Reception" and a "Beijing Night Dinner Show"(Farewell Banquet). Pre- or Post Congress Tours will also be prepared to enable the participants to see with their own eyes the agricultural and rural life of China. Scenic and cultural sites will be included in the proposed routes, such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace in Beijing. Xian, Guilin, Hangzhou and Suzhou are among the China's most popular tourist destinations. With daily flights from Beijing to these cities, as well as to all major international cities, travel is very convenient.
 
Welcome Reception - Sunday 25 August 2013 (18:00 -- 20:00)
This is the first official gathering, wine and snacks will be provided. Entrance is included in the Congress delegate's and accompanying person's registration fees.
 
Congress Dinner and Show -- Thursday 29 August 2013 (18:30 -- 20:30)
This will truly be a night to remember. A sumptuous Chinese dinner will be followed by a charming show. Chinese folk music, Beijing opera, Beijing acrobatic show and the amazing Sichuan opera face changing will present a feast for eyes and ears. Be prepared for abundant surprises! Total cost is RMB 400 per person.
 
 
 
Beijing Opera or Peking opera is a form of traditional Chinese drama which combines music, vocal performance, mime, dance and acrobatics. Beijing Opera is developed from absorbing many other dramatic forms, mostly from the local drama 'Huiban' which was popular in South China during the 18th century. The drama was extremely popular in the Qing Dynasty court and has becoming one of the cultural treasures of China. It has also spread to other countries such as the United States and Japan.

Face-changing (Bian Lian) is one section of the famous Sichuan Opera. Face-changing is a special kind of Chinese drama with stunning skills. During the show, Face-Changing performers wear multi-colored costumes and facial make-ups. Under the fast rhythm dramatic music, they will change their facial make-ups just in seconds with a wave of the hand or by a turning around. Professional Facing-Changing performers can change 10 masks in 20 seconds.

Acrobatic Show is one entertainment that must not be missed by the young and old on a visit to Beijing. Acrobatics is an interactive art form. There is no language barrier and cultural border. China has many world class acrobatic troupes because practically every province and major city will have its own acrobatic troupe, and children are selected to be trained as performers at a very young age. The group bicycling, the juggling of large porcelain urns, balancing of bowls/ umbrellas/stacked chairs, rope walking, pole climbing, roller skating and plate swirling are commonly included in an official acrobatic show.
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