Oxford University

2013 International Meeting on
Molecular Biology of Hepatitis B Viruses

October 20-23, 2013


 Shanghai, Hu for short, is a renowned international metropolis drawing more and more attention from all over the world. Situated on the estuary of Yangtze River, it serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, cultural, science and technology center in East China. Also it is a popular destination for visitors to sense the pulsating development of the country.
In addition to its modernization, the city's multicultural flair endows it with a unique glamour. Here, one finds the perfect blend of cultures, the modern and the traditional , and the western and the oriental. New skyscrapers and old Shikumen together draw the skyline of the city. Western customs and Chinese traditions intertwined and formed Shanghai's culture, making a visitor's stay truly memorable.

Shanghai, literally 'Above the Sea', is a port city on the Huangpu River where the Yangtze River empties into the East China Sea. Originally a fishing and textiles town, the city gained its identity after it was opened to foreign powers by the 1842 Treaty of Nanking. The British, French, Americans, Germans, and Russians moved in, setting up their distinct Western-style banks, trading houses, and mansions, leaving a permanent architectural legacy. The city flourished as a cosmopolitan and thriving commercial and financial center, dubbed the "Pairs of the East" in 1920s and 1930s. In spite of being the cradle of Chinese Communism, the city was neglected during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s. In 1990, it was chosen to spearhead modern China's reform and opening up, which resulted in intense development. In addition, the city has often been the inspiration for novels, films and cocktails. It is probably the most evocative city for an outsider to visit all of the country. Beijing may be more mysterious, but Shanghai offers half-understood, semi-mythical images.

Yuyuan Garden

Yuyuan Garden is a famous classical garden located in Anren Jie, Shanghai. It was finished in 1577 by a government officer of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) named Pan Yunduan. Yu in Chinese means pleasing and satisfying, and this garden was specially built for Pan's parents as a place for them to enjoy a tranquil and happy time in their old age.

In the 400 years of existence, Yuyuan Garden had undergone many changes. During the late Ming Dynasty, it became very dilapidated with the decline of Pan's family. In 1760, some rich merchants bought it and spent more than 20 years reconstructing the buildings. During the Opium War of the 19th century, it was severely damaged. The garden you see today is the result of a five year restoration project which began in 1956. It was open to the public in September, 1961.

Yuyuan Garden occupies an area of 20,000 square meters (about five acres). However, the small size is not a representative of the attractions of the garden. The pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds and cloisters all have unique characteristics. There are six main scenic areas here: Sansui Hall, Wanhua Chamber, Dianchun Hall, Huijing Hall, Yuhua Hall and the Inner Garden. Each area features several scenic spots within its borders.

China Pavilion, World Expo 2010

The China Pavilion is the core area of Expo 2010, it is at a prime position when entering the Pudong Section of Expo 2010. Its main structure is called 'The Crown of the East' with distinctive roof made of traditional wooden arches or brackets. The style of architecture dates back over 2000 years. The core exhibition area is on the top floor, the experience area on the second and the functional area on the first floor. In terms of the layout, this area consists of three parts-the immortal China National Pavilion, the China Regional Pavilion as well as the Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Pavilion.


To attend the 2013 International HBV Meeting in Shanghai, China, it will be necessary to obtain a VISA (either business or tourist) to participate. Please allow a minimum of 30-60 days before departure for this process.  Most often it will also be necessary for you to have your flight ticket in advance of your VISA application as it may be necessary to show a copy of your airline ticket. Additionally, you may need a Letter of Invitation from the meeting organizers. Please visit our VISA page for more information.


Coordinated by the Hepatitis B Foundation

**Scientists with disabilities will be fully accommodated and are encouraged to register.