Venue, Accommodation, Visas, Registration Info

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  • Timeline

    CompEd will be held in Chengdu, China on May 17-19, 2019. Below is a timeline for the conference and all related activities. CompEd will co-locate with the ACM Turing Celebration Conference – China (ACM TURC 2019), which will take place 18-19 May. TURC conferences attract over 2,000 attendees, and they feature well-known keynote speakers (including several Turing Award winners) and include several federated subconferences. CompEd will also function in conjunction with Computing Curricula 2020 project meetings. The CompEd program will incorporate some TURC keynotes, sessions, and banquet.

    • Monday May 13: Working Groups information session (evening)
    • Tuesday May 14: Working Groups in session (all day)
    • Wednesday May 15: Working Groups in session (all day)
    • Thursday May 16: Working Groups in session (morning); Optional conference excursion (afternoon)
    • Friday May 17: CompEd day 1 (all day)
    • Saturday May 18: CompEd day 2 (all day); Banquet (evening) *
    • Sunday May 19: CompEd day 3 (all day) *

    *Note that for Saturday and Sunday, the CompEd program will provide for CompEd attendees to participate in TURC keynotes without missing any CompEd sessions. 

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    The draft conference program is available here.

    Venue & Accommodation

    CompEd will be held at the Chengdu Cynn Xanadu Hotel, No.69 North Kehua Road , Wuhou, 610065 Chengdu, China:

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    • Rooms can also be booked on, and other travel sites
    • Approx $160 per night as of Jan 15 2019
    • Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is a 30 minute drive
    • The hotel is walking distance to the Moziqiao Metro Station on line 3. Many of the hotels below are also near metro stations.

    The following hotels are near the conference venue:

    • Ascott Raffles City Chengdu, No.3 Section 4, South Renmin Road, Wuhou District, Wuhou, 610041 Chengdu, China
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      • 20 minute walk (7 minute taxi) from conference venue
      • approx $100/night as of Jan 15 2019
    • Harriway Hotel, No.12 Hongxing Road 3rd Section, Jinjiang, 610016 Chengdu, China
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      • 30 minute walk (15 minute taxi) from conference venue
      • approx $100/night as of Jan 15 2019
    • Sofitel Chengdu Taihe, 15 Binjiang Middle Road, Jinjiang, 610016 Chengdu, China
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      • 30 minute walk (9 minute taxi) from conference venue
      • approx $75/night as of Jan 15 2019
      • near metro line
    • Renaissance Chengdu, No.48, Section 4, South Renmin Road, Wuhou, 610041 Chengdu, China
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      • 33 minute walk (11 minute taxi) from conference venue
      • approx $125/night as of Jan 15 2019
    • Grand Hyatt Chengdu, No.8 Chunxi Rd Nan Duan, Jinjiang, 610021 Chengdu, China
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      • 35 minute walk (9 minute taxi) from conference venue
      • approx $160/night as of Jan 15 2019
    • JW Marriott Chengdu, No.19 Dongyu Street, Jinjiang, 610020 Chengdu, China
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      • 40 minute walk (14 minute taxi) from conference venue
      • approx $160/night as of Jan 15 2019


    You will need to get a Visa from a Chinese Embassy to travel to China. If you are not near one, you can use a visa service. There is a fee for that, but they will help you fill out the forms and tell you what you need. You will then mail your passport to them, they will get the visa and mail you your passport back. Generally you need to provide plane tickets, accommodation information, and a letter (information on this below) to apply for a visa. The Chinese Embassy or visa service will have more information.  Here are some services we know people have used in the past to obtain a Visa to China from the U.S.:

    You will need an invitation letter from the local committee in China. We have been told by visa  services a letter from ACM is not sufficient. Authors will be sent information on how to get an invitation letter. For others, the visa letter process begins when you complete registration. The registration system will collect the relevant information from you (passport number, date of birth, etc.). Every two days this information is sent to the local committee in China who will then send letters to those that have registered. Please allow 5 business days to receive your visa support letter. Please check your spam folder regularly (we have had reports of letters going into spam), and preferably,  whitelist comped2019 at cuit dot edu dot cn.

    If you have someone traveling with you who is not attending the conference they will likely need a tourist visa. They will need to show proof that accommodation and a return (round-trip) plane ticket to get a tourist visa. 

    Info on getting a Visa for those outside the USA: The process may be similar, but we are not familiar with obtaining a visa if you are from another country. We recommend you contact a visa service, or your nearest Chinese embassy or consulate. See our FAQ for a link to find your nearest embassy or consulate. 

    Registration Information

    Registration is now open at the address:

    All prices are in US dollars.

      SIGCSE Members Non-Members Student
    Early (through Apr 22) $600 $700 $300
    Late (Apr 23 – May 13) $650 $750 $300
    Onsite $700 $800 $300

    Registration extras

    Excursion to Panda Reservation (details below) $35
    Working Group Member fee (covers WG rooms and lunches, coffee) $125
    Extra Banquet Tickets (details below) $65


    There will be an optional excursion to a Panda Reservation on Thursday afternoon at approximately 13:30. Working groups will finish work at 12.30 on Thursday so that they can join the excursion. More information on the excursion will be available here as it becomes available.


    CompEd attendees will join the ACM Turing Celebration Conference – China (ACM TURC 2019) banquet at the conference venue on Saturday night. This is included in CompEd registration. Extra banquet tickets for accompanying persons will be available at $65.

    Ground Transportation

  • There are two options for getting from the airport in Chengdu to the conference venue or your hotel, and for getting around Chengdu. 
  • Taxi: Here is a card that you can show to the driver to get to the venue. If you are staying at a different hotel it is recommended that you take a photo of the address with your phone, and print out a copy to use. The cost of a taxi from the airport to the venue is approximately 50 RMB (about 7 USD). It is recommended that you use a public, signed, metered taxi. It is recommended that you have local currency on you. This can be obtained before you travel at some foreign exchange services, or at the airport.
  • Subway: Generally Chinese subways are easy for foreigners to navigate and are recommended. Chengdu has an extensive subway network. For a map of the route from the airport to the venue see here. For a route overview see here.  

Other Local Information (food, sightseeing, internet, money)

  • Recommended restaurants near the conference are here
  • As many attendees are coming a long distance they may want to do some sightseeing. The local committee has put together a list of optional tours (open to the public) here
  • Internet access: The conference venue will provide free wifi. However some services will not be available. This includes Google services including Gmail. If your institutions’s email is provided by Gmail you will have to take steps to receive email. For instance you could have emails forwarded to another service such as Hotmail. It is suggested that you look into renting a pocket wifi router at the airport. Many of these may allow access as you are used to at home. Also, if your home mobile provider allows roaming in China, you should experience normal service. Should you have questions, please contact comped2019 at cuit dot edu dot cn.
  • US and foreign credit cards: These can be used at some places, typically hotels and some larger restaurants. However, they are not widely accepted. It is recommended that you contact your bank to put a travel notification on your account.  
  • US and foreign debit cards: Generally these can be used in China. There are many Chinese banks (and come foreign/international banks such as HSBC). If your card does not work at a particular ATM, it does not necessarily indicate something wrong with your account. It is recommended that you try a number of different ATMs from different banks. It is highly recommended that you contact your bank to put a travel notification on your account.
  • Apple Pay is accepted at some vendors. If you have a WeChat account with pay enabled, this is accepted almost everywhere including even street vendors.  Many people in China live without using cash and can pay for everything they need with WeChat.