Inaugural Compass Lexecon China Summit

When:

Friday, August 23rd to Sunday, August 25th, 2019

Where:

Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake, China
5 Lingyin Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, 310013
86 (571) 8829-8888

Agenda:

8/23 – Friday

  • 16:00 – 18:00 Registration
  • 18:00 – 19:00 Cocktail Reception
  • 19:00 – 22:00 Opening Keynote and Dinner

8/24 – Saturday

  • 09:30 – 11:30 Panel 1: “Theories of Innovation Harm in Merger Review: A Discussion of Recent Developments”
  • 12:00 – 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:45 Panel 2: “Rethinking the Competitive Effects of Mergers Involving Adjacent Markets in The Digital Era”
  • 15:45 – 16:15 Coffee Break
  • 16:15 – 18:00 Panel 3: “Old Wine in New Bottles? Abuse of Dominance Involving Adjacent Markets in The Digital Era”
  • 19:00 – 20:00 Cocktail Reception  
  • 20:00 – 22:00 Dinner

8/25 – Sunday

  • 9:30 – 11:30 Panel 4: “Standard Essential Patents: Recent Developments and Challenges”
  • 12:00 Lunch

About Four Seasons West Lake:

Set along the banks of the fabled West Lake, the Four Seasons Hang Zhou hotel is a tranquil enclave woven with ponds, courtyards surrounding picturesque Chinese gardens, willow trees and mist-covered lagoons. Wake to views of mountain peaks, ancient temples rising from the greenery or the very waters that have enchanted poets, explorers and emperors for centuries. Start with a cup of Longjing tea in the Lobby Lounge before picking up your bicycles and heading out to explore the city, then come back for a soothing treatment in a chinoiserie-filled Spa, followed by dinner in one of Jin Sha’s private-dining rooms.

The Lake: The Four Seasons West Lake invites easy access to Hangzhou’s main attraction: West Lake. Aboard a traditional Chinese wooden rowboat, one can admire the sites of temples, pagodas, gardens, and historical structures that have existed for centuries

The Spa: After an eventful day, one can retreat to the Four Seasons Hang Zhou Tranquil Spa and feel completely at ease. From manicures to massages, the options to pamper are endless. As a local specialty, one may indulge in a soothing bath infused with 60,000 Longjing tea leaves through the famous “Longjing Tea Ritual,” meant to restore the body’s equilibrium.

Dining: Meet for a stylish lunch or dinner at an award-winning signature restaurant, where traditional Shanghainese, Cantonese and local favorites fill the menu and 11 private-dining rooms make it easy to celebrate together. From Shanghainese Braised Pork to Tea Smoked Egg topped with caviar, the opportunities to enjoy new flavors are endless. Perhaps, even enjoy a visit from the hotel’s Chief Chef, Wang Yong. With nearly 20 years of culinary experience, Chef Wang is a culinary mogul of Zhejiang and Shanghainese cuisine. Under his leadership, Jin Sha has become the only restaurant in Hangzhou to be awarded the prestigious four-star award by Forbes Travel Guide for two consecutive years.

Tours: Through the Four Seasons Hang Zhou, one may immerse themselves in local culture by boat, limousine, bicycle, and foot. For a more active day, one may take a drive into the picturesque hills south of the city to see the legendary Longjing tea being picked in its namesake village, and then try one’s hand at drying the leaves in a large iron walk. Or, hop aboard one of the hotel’s complimentary bicycles and take a customized route to explore West Lake. For a more leisurely experience, one could also take a limousine for a city tour or a visit to Longjing Tea Village, He Fang Street or Lingyin Temple. Or, take a traditional Chinese tea ceremony experience in Hu Yin Tea House.

Visas:

How to get a China Visa:

You can get either a Travel Category Visa (L Visa) or Work-Related Travel Category Visa (M Visa). L Visas are for tourists (especially if you plan to travel in China before or after the conference), while M Visas are for those who travel to China only for the conference. You may want to get a 10-year multiple entry L visa as it offers more flexibility to travel for work-related conferences or for leisure.

For both L Visa and M Visa, you need:

  • Passport: Original signed passport with at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages, and a copy of the passport’s data page and the photo page if it is separate.
  • Visa Application Form (Form V.2013) and Photo: One completed Visa Application Form with a photo on glossy photo paper glued onto the form (your photo must meet the requirements).
  • Photocopy of previous Chinese visas

For L Visa, you also need:

  • Documents showing the itinerary including air ticket booking record (round trip) and proof of a hotel reservation. We can provide a proof of reservation at Hangzhou Four Seasons for the weekend of August 23-25th.

For M Visa, you also need:

  • An invitation letter from Compass Lexecon, please download the form here, provide information required specified in the form, and then send it Mona Chang at mchang@compasslexecon.com. We will then provide an invitation letter to you shortly.

Transportation:

Weighing your options: Connecting flights or taking a bullet train from Shanghai?

From the U.S., or any EU country, you may either take connecting flight(s) to Hangzhou or fly directly to Shanghai, and then take a bullet train to Hangzhou. Here’s what you should consider when making your decision:

  • Fly to Hangzhou: Flying to Hangzhou is the most straightforward option. While there are no direct flights from most major US or European cities to Hangzhou, one can take a connecting flight from Beijing or Hong Kong (see if your country requires an addition Visa here). However, the layover time can be long, and the passengers may need to re-check their luggage for the connecting flights.
  • Fly to Shanghai, then take a train to Hangzhou: this option could save overall traveling time and gives one the opportunity to experience China’s high-speed bullet train. However, there is additional logistics required for purchasing and picking up train tickets. Transporting from the airport to the train station may not be worry-free for non-Chinese speaking guests. In addition, one also needs to be mindful of the luggage limitation for Chinese bullet trains (see more details below).

Round-trip transportation services will be provided between the hotel and Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport or Hangzhou Railway Station/Hangzhou East Railway Station. A single trip takes approximately one hour. Free parking is also provided at the Four Seasons.

Information and instructions for taking a train from Shanghai to Hangzhou:

The “G-class” train from Shanghai to Hangzhou is the fastest option between the two cities. Every day there are 47 pairs of G-trains running between these two cities between 6:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Journey time is roughly one hour. The railway departs from Shanghai HongQiao Railway Station. There are three classes of seats available on the G-trains: VIP class, first class, and second class. Generally, the amenities are clean, with bathrooms, food and drink options for purchase, as well as ample space to sit and work.

These two video guides below can show you how to take a train at Shanghai HongQiao Railway Station and how to commute from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Shanghai HongQiao Train Station.

Buying Tickets:

  • Ahead of Time: Purchase the ticket ahead of time from Ctrip, the largest Chinese booking website. Your tickets will be picked up from HongQiao Train Station and will guarantee you a seat on board. You are recommended to arrive 45-60 minutes before the scheduled departure time to pick up the ticket as queues can be long.
  • Directly at the Train Station: The advantage of buying tickets directly at the train station is that they provide flexibility in the case of early/delayed arrival.
  • There are two stations in Hangzhou: Hangzhou Station and Hangzhou East Station. Four Seasons will pick you up at either station.

The Journey:

  • We recommend you take a Taxi from the Shanghai Pudong Airport to Shanghai HongQiao Train Station, as it is the least complicated option. The trip will take approximately 65 minutes and costs around RMB240.
  • Leaving Adequate Time before Departure: Shanghai HongQiao Railway Station is essentially one giant, open room. There are no long walks through terminals to reach the train. But you will need time to find the ticketing booth, navigate security, find your gate, and then find your train.
  • Navigating security: In most cases, security is quick in the train station, and involves a single line with an X-ray scanner.
  • Getting your ticket: One ticket office is in the center of 2F, which includes 154 ticket windows. Ticket refund and ticket change services can be handled at window no.9. Another one is situated on -1F where four ticket windows are available. It is close to the metro ticket office.
  • Reading Your Ticket: Follow the below diagram to understand your ticket.
  • Finding your gate: The gate may not be printed on the ticket and the gate could change. Find the giant lighted screens that show your train number and gate number (English available).
  • The gate: Check-in usually starts 10 minutes before the departure time, but some people start to line up earlier.

Additional Considerations:

  • Luggage: Each adult can bring maximum one piece of large luggage on board (similar rules as checked luggage for airlines: maximum 20 kilograms (44 lbs), and maximum length + width + height of 160 centimeters (63 inches)). One can bring additional smaller pieces on board such as backpack and handbags.  Each child can bring one piece of large luggage no more than 10 kilograms (22 lbs).  Checked luggage will be shipped by a cargo train arriving at a different time. We do not recommend you check any luggage.
  • General language expectations for train ride: Announcements will be made in both Mandarin and English, however, not all train attendants speak English.

Questions?

Please contact Sophie Yang at syang@compasslexecon.com