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We arrived in Beijing (from Guilin) sometime in the afternoon. A conference bus was waiting for us and took us to the Shaoyuan Hotel on the Beijing University campus. At the hotel we registered for the 2nd International Palaeontological Congress (www.ipc2006.ac.cn). Then we attended the reception nearby. After the reception, we went to our hotel and registered for our suite. We stayed at the Beijing Resource Yanyuan Hotel, also known as the Ziyuan Hotel, about a block from the university campus.
The conference opening ceremony was held in PKU Hall. I attended conference sessions throughout the week. Meanwhile, Anne, Mary and Nora went on daily field trips around Beijing.
Father's Day: the girls gave me a bottle of rice whiskey with a snake in it. They had bought it in Guilin and kept it in their luggage. The girls were able to take it back home when they left China and I still have it.
Congress Banquet, Friendship Hotel
I attended a tour of the Beijing Museum of Natural History (www.bmnh.org.cn) and the Geological Museum of China (www.gmc.org.cn). I donated specimens of the Pentremites conoideus from Kentucky to both museums.
We met our old friend Gejun Lee (Lee Gejun) and had dinner with him. He is with the Chengjiang Station of Palaeontology (Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology). Gejun had stayed with us in Kentucky years ago.
This was the last day of the conference sessions. I mailed my poster presentation home.
I had to get up early in order to leave for my Tibet field trip. But this was Mary's birthday as well.
I walked to the Shaoyuan Hotel on campus and met the others who were attending the Tibetan field trip. We were taken to the Beijing airport and boarded China Air flight 4112 to Lhasa. The flight left at 9:30AM.
Tibetan trip or Parent Page (up one level)