Beijing, 17 -23 August 2011

Prof. Hadi Susilo Arifin has attended the 8th International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE)-2011 World Congress in Beijing, China from August 18 to August 22, 2011, which was held in China National Convention Center (CNCC) that’s a part of 2008 Olympic venue. Theme of IALE World Congress and Symposium is “Landscape Ecology for Sustainable Environment and Culture”. Members of IALE are distributed as follows: Europe 735, USA and Canada 400, Asia 420 Africa 93, Latin America 185, Australia/New Zealand 21, and Total 1854.

Prof. Hadi Susilo Arifin presented his paper “LOW CARBON SOCIETY THROUGH PEKARANGAN, A TRADITIONAL AGROFORESTRY PRACTICES IN JAVA, INDONESIA” in the symposium. All papers of this symposium group will be published as Book Chapter of “Landscape Ecological Approaches to Develop the Low Carbon Society in East and South East Asia” by SPRINGER Publisher.

Prof. Hadi got mid-congress excursion that’s managed by IALE Organizing Committee to the Great Wall, Jade Factory and Ming Tombs. One day before start the congress and one day after finished the congress, he visited some interesting places during in Beijing, such as: Beihai Park, Jingshan Park, Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, and Temple of Heaven.

Beihai (Northern Ocean) Park: Numbers colorful pavillions and temples are scattered around Beihai Park. Among others the Nine-Dragon Screen (Jiulongbi) and the White Dagoba (Baita) are the most famous attractions. taking a duck-shaped pedalo on the lake is the best choice for cozy afternoon.

Jingshan (Scenery Mountain) Park: Jingshan Park lies directly opposite the North Gate of the Forbidden City. For an extraordinary view of Beijing and the Forbidden City, you may walk to the top of the hill which dominates this small park. Jingshan Park was a playground of Ming and Qing dynasty emperors for almost 500 years.

Forbidden City: The construction of Forbidden City began in 1406, during the reign of the third Ming Emperor, Yongle. It took 14 years to complete.The Forbidden City has been home to 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties, and the structure, which was built by more than 200,000 workers, is the best preserved and most complete example of imperial architecture in China with about 800 buildings and mo0re than 8,700 rooms. A must-see!

Tian’anmen Square: It is the heart of Beijing and the largest public square in the world. The 44-hectare Tian’anmen square is 500 meters wide, 800 meters long and paved with specially treated light granite slate. Walking beneath the red flags of Tian’anmen is quintessential Beijing. You may want to catch the flag raising ceremony at dawn, usually around 5 to 6 a.m. The monument to the people’s Heroes and Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum stand on the southern end of Tian’anmen square and are also popular sites to visit. The egg-shaped National Grand Theatre to the list of Tian’anmen square is the best place for operas, dramas and concerts in town.

Ming Tombs: Lying 50 kilometers northwest of the capital, a Ming Tombs visit is usually combined with a trip to the Great Wall. This is the burial site of 3 out of 17 emperors of the Ming Dynasty.

Temple of Heaven: A wonderful example of Ming Architecture in a walled 267-hectares park. This is where Chinese emperors offered sacrifices and prayers for good harvest.

The Great Wall: The Great Wall of China is true wonder of the world and an absolute must-see for any visitor to this wonderful country. It snakes more than 6700 kilometers along the whole northern frontier of the ancient Chinese empire. In 1987 the Great Wall was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and preservation word on significant Portions of the wall continue today. Badaling Section of the Great Wall is the classic visiting spot. Mutianyu section and Simatai section are also famous.

Source: Beijing Guide Map (Sinomaps Press)