Conference and Workshops Venue

Worldhotel Grand Dushulake

No. 299, QiYue Street,
Wuzhong District
Suzhou City
Jiangsu Province
China

The Worldhotel Grand Dushulake Suzhou is a luxury Suzhou hotel located within the thriving new commercial, residential and entertainment center, the Suzhou Industrial Park. It takes less than 30 minutes by car (16 km) to reach most historical Suzhou gardens from the hotel.

The hotel offers a huge array of meeting and conferencing facilities including banquet halls and exhibition spaces. Every room is equipped with high standard Audio/Visual devices and has access to wi-fi connection.

Accommodation

The Worldhotel Grand Dushulake has 330 guestrooms and suites. Each elegantly appointed room provides guests with free broadband access, large LCD televisions with satellite channels, and stunning views of the Dushulake. To arrange your stay at this top Suzhou hotel, we have landed on a special price for conference attendees. Please see the table below for room rates. These rates are all inclusive of breakfasts (one for a king size room and two for a twin bed room) and VAT.

Room Types

Rates per night (USD)

Deluxe Room

(King Size/Twin beds)

90

Lakeside Deluxe Room

(King size /Twin beds)

98

Deluxe Suite

(King size)

195

Guests staying at Worldhotel Grand Dushulake Suzhou can enjoy a range of fine dining options, including the Suz Garden offering Chinese cuisine and the Octagon which offers Western and Southeast-Asian favorites. Workout is available in luxury at the hotel's high-tech gymnasium, aerobics room, and swimming pool.

There are plenty of other great hotel options near the conference site, including Jinling Guanyuan International Hotel, luxurious hotels at an acceptable price like Four Points by Sheraton Suzhou and Kempinski Hotel Suzhou; and serviced apartments like Oakwood Hotel & Residence Suzhou and Moon Bay Service Apartment.

Dining

Apart from fantastic dining choices inside the hotel, there are all kinds of restaurants within walk distance of the hotel. Most restaurants provide WiFi access.

Cafés

There is a Pacific café 180m away, and Starbucks, Simply Café and Booksite Café are all within 500m away from the hotel. These are the places you can easily go for a coffee or a light meal.

Restaurants

Within a ten-minute walk, there are Chinese restaurants such as Wang Hu Ge, Hui Hu, and Wuwei Shuxiang; Japanese restaurants like Shen Chuan; Korean restaurants like Dalishi, western restaurants like Oakwood.

Bar

You can also get a drink at Coconut Bay Pub just around the corner, 260m away from the hotel.

Accessibility  

Suzhou is a busy transportation hub, connected to most major cities by multiple airports train stations.

Airports

Suzhou is served by three airports, Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (one-hour drive by car), Shanghai Pudong International Airport (two-hour drive by car), and Sunan Shuofang International Airport。

Shanghai Pudong (PVG) is the busiest international hub of mainland China, ranking 22nd globally in terms of international traffic. As end of 2015, Pudong Airport hosted 100 airlines serving 210 destinations. Hongqiao International Airport is located in the western suburbs of Shanghai, it is about only 20 km from Nanjing Road, you will take about 25 minutes by taxi. In 2014, Hongqiao Airport handled 37,960,200 passengers, a growth of 21.3% over 2010, making it the 4th busiest airport in mainland China and the 21st busiest in the world. Shanghai is connected with most major cities in the world by multitude of airlines. Air China, the largest airline in China, provides direct flights or connections to many cities in Asia-Pacific, Europe, and America. More flight routes are provided by many other airlines.

Transport from airports

Taxi rates:

The easiest way to get to the conference site is via taxi. It takes about 200 RMB to get to the conference site from Hongqiao Airport, 500 RMB from Pudong Airport, and about 150 RMB from Shuofang Airport. You can also download Didi App (Chinese version of Uber) to pre-book a car.

Bus:

Transport buses run frequently from both Hongqiao (every half an hour, 50RMB) and Pudong Airport (every one hour, 80RMB) to the Suzhou Industrial Park.

Railway:

There are two railway stations in Suzhou: Suzhou Railway Station and Suzhou North Railway Station. It takes only 25 minutes to reach the Shanghai Railway Station on the fastest G-series trains and less than 2 hours to Nanjing. From Hongqiao Airport, it only takes 15 mins of walk to reach the Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station. Trains run every 5 mins from Hongqiao Railway Station to Suzhou.

Within the city:

Taxis, buses and shared bikes (Mobike, Ofo, Hellobike apps, 0.15 USD/ km) are easy to commute within the city.

Visa

China has visa waiver agreements with only a few countries. No visa is required for ordinary passport holders from Singapore, Brunei and Japan to visit China for up to 15 days for business, sightseeing, visiting relatives and friends or transit. For travelers from most other countries, a visa is required for entering China. A visa can be obtained from a local Consulate of China without difficulty of document preparation and long waiting. For most attendees, it is easier to apply for a Tourist ("L") visa; an invitation letter is not required for obtaining a Tourist visa.

To avoid uncertainty, participants will be advised to apply for a visa as early as possible. It is recommended that they apply for a Chinese visa one month in advance. While the Chinese visa application requires personal appearance and hand-in of passport during application, various travel agencies can help apply for the Chinese visa. Here are some such companies, but you are welcome to check out your local agencies:

  • China Visa Service Center

http://www.mychinavisa.com/index.php

  • China Travel Service (USA)

http://www.chinatravelservice.com/

For more information regarding the requirements and procedure for obtaining a visa to China, please see:

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China

http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/default.htm

  • China Visa Application Service Center

https://www.visaforchina.org/

ICMI 2019 is committed to providing an inclusive environment and we will do our best to accommodate requests for special assistance. Please contact our Local organization chair, Mengyue Wu (mengyuewu@sjtu.edu.cn), as soon as possible if you require special arrangements. 

Common accessibility requests include:

  • Special dietary needs
  • Accessibility by wheelchair or scooter
  • Accommodations for family/baby care
  • Accommodations for a guide dog/service animal
  • Sign language interpretation

How do I communicate accessibility needs to organizers?

When you register for the conference, there will be a registration question labeled “Please describe any special accessibility or dietary needs here.” In your response, please indicate any accessibility needs such as wheelchair access, sign language interpretation, or a guide. The organizers will follow up with you to clarify your needs. You can contact them directly at any time by emailing. Alternatively, you can contact the accessibility chair to share any accessibility needs by emailing mengyuewu@sjtu.edu.cn



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