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FUDCon is the Fedora Users and Developers Conference, a major free software event held in various regions around the world, usually annually per region. FUDCon APAC will be held in Beijing, China on May 23–25, 2014. It will be the first premier event in phase, spreading innovative ideas and helping make Fedora better than ever. It offers an opportunity for all who contribute to or use Fedora to meet, learn, plan, and hack. This event is free and is open to everyone. This year it will be held together with GNOME.Asia Summit, an annual conference for GNOME users and developers in Asia. We believe the cooperation will bring a more exciting gather up of free and open source communities.


Event Details

Time & Place

Time : 23–25 May, 2014

Detailed venue address:Conference Center at New Main Building(新主楼会议中心) of Beihang University, No. 37 XueYuan Road, HaiDian District, Beijing, China.

Venue on Google Map

Venue room photos


The schedule is presented together with GNOME.Asia topics. Generally speaking, we share the main hall, and each have dedicated smaller rooms for parallel sessions.

  • Friday: Arrival day, FUDPub (welcome party), GNOME Training sessions
  • Saturday: Keynote speech to all attendees, parallel standard sessions
  • Sunday: Keynote speech to all attendees, parallel standard sessions, celebration party
  • ----
  • Monday: One day tour to the Great Wall for interested speakers


Add slides to schedule!
Please directly add the links to your slides to the schedule tables above. It avoids duplicity and is easier to search.

Links to GNOME.Asia Slides:

Nearby Facilities


Beihang Training Center provides accommodation service and it is quite near (distance of 400 meters) to the conference venue, New Main Building of Beihang. We have reserved 7 standard rooms in the Training Center. The hotel bill will be paid at checkout time. The organizers will book the hotel and pay for the amount during conference days (May 23 to 25, three nights). If you need to stay for more nights, please provide your check in and check out date, and the organizers will try to book the whole stay for you. You need to pay for extra stay yourself. Feel free to ask for help from organizers on fudcon-planning list, or by private mail, or face to face at the conference.

Detailed hotel address: Beihang Training Center Hotel, No. 37 XueYuan Road, HaiDian District, Beijing, China.

Reference for food

Here is a list of nearby vegan restaurant:

Note: Some vegan restaurants provide meat-dish-like dishes by vegetables.

Note: Their English proficiency might be limited.

Name Map Reference Price Note
盈梓漫缘素食餐吧 盈梓漫缘素食餐吧 CNY 50
天厨妙香素食 天厨妙香素食 CNY 65
百合素食 百合素食 CNY 90

Here is a list of nearby Muslim restaurant:

Note: Their English proficiency might be limited.

Name Map Reference Price Note
Beihang Moslem Dining Hall 4th floor, Heyi Building(合一楼) CNY 26
和庆斋 和庆斋 CNY 60
大漠驼铃餐厅 海淀区清华东路16号艺海大厦 CNY 50


Transit to/from FUDCon

Below is a subway map from INAT. As shown in the map, easy access to the venue is possible by public transport.

Online Version
If you want to see an online version, please refer to:

FUD2014 Beijing SubwayTransportFromAirport.png

Here is a brief guide for how to get to the chosen hotel after you get off from subway FUDConBeijing2014BUAAMAP.jpg

Major Local Airports

Beijing Capital International Airport (Airport Code: PEK) is the major airport servicing Northern China and Beijing. Airlines from most of major cities in the world can fly to Beijing directly.

Suggested route from airport:

Route on Google Map

  1. Take Airport Express to 三元桥(Sanyuanqiao)
  2. Take Subway Line 10 to 西土城(Xitucheng)
  3. Walk about 700 meters to 北京航空航天大学(BUAA, Beihang University)

Conference Guide

We have prepared a conference book for you here File:PublicFUDConBeijing2014ConferenceGuide.pdf.

And we've prepared some Chinese words for your convenience in Beijing Here. You can print it if you need.

Transportation to Beijing

Price indication for flight tickets. For international and domestic flights you can fly directly to Beijing (PEK; Beijing Capital Airport). For domestic flights it is also possible to arrive Tianjin (Tianjin Binhai airport) and take the high speed train to Beijing (this takes about 30-40mins).

Costs from Asia and Oceania

From To Expense And Notice
Brisbane Beijing from $640
Delhi Beijing from $631(stops at Bangkok)
Hanoi Beijing from $310
Hong Kong Beijing from $210
Jakarta Beijing $454
Kuala Lumpur Beijing $240
Manila Beijing $155
Pune Beijing from $730 (2 stops: Delhi, Shanghai)
Singapore Beijing from $250
Sydney Beijing from $520
Tokyo Beijing from $400 (stops at Shenyang,China)

Costs from NA and LATAM

From To Expense And Notice
Boston (BOS) Beijing From $1333(1 stop) or ¥5757 (1 stop)
Los Angeles (LAX) Beijing From $1402 (1 stop) or ¥5221 or ¥3957 (1 stop)
New York (JFK) Beijing From $1295 or ¥5434
Seattle (BFI) Beijing From $1484(1 stop) or ¥4814(1 stop)
Vancouver, Canada (YVR) Beijing From $655 or ¥4567
Washington DC.(IAD) Beijing From $1341 (1 stop) or ¥5346 (2 stops)

Costs from Europe and Africa

From To Expense And Notice
Amsterdam Beijing from $750
Barcelona Beijing from €390
Berlin Beijing from $750
Brussels Beijing from $770
Budapest Beijing from €360
Frankfurt (FRA) Beijing from $800
Lisbon Beijing from €440
London Beijing from €491
Madrid Beijing from €390
Moscow Beijing from €280
Munich (MUC) Beijing from $750
Paris Beijing from €400
Rome Beijing from €390
Vienna Beijing from $760

Costs from China

For Chinese citizens it is also possible to come by train. Each train station in Beijing offers good connection with the subway. As mentioned earlier, it is possible to even fly to Tianjin and take the high speed connection to Beijing. This option is in fact also available for Shanghai (high speed train takes about 5:30 hours).

Please keep the table in alphabetical order:

From To Transportation Expense
Guangzhou Beijing Airplane About/From¥1000
Guangzhou Beijing CRH Highspeed Train About¥862, ¥1380, ¥2724
Guangzhou Beijing Train About¥251, ¥441, ¥784, ¥1445
Shanghai Beijing Airplane About ¥1100
Tianjin Beijing Train ¥55 2nd CLASS SEAT
¥66 1st CLASS SEAT
Xi'an Beijing Airplane About/From¥700
Xi'an Beijing Train 2nd class T series: ¥270
1st class Z series: ¥420
Xi'an Beijing High-speed Train ¥520
Yinchuan Beijing Train Train No.T275 ¥270.5
Zhengzhou Beijing Train About ¥90, ¥200, ¥300

Visa Application

We list links here about Chinese visa introduction and application procedure:

We'd like speakers to apply Visa type L (travel visa), since its application is normally easier, and the requirements are loose. For Visa type L, the requirement is EITHER flight ticket and hotel reservation OR an invitation letter.

If things go smoothly, two weeks can be enough, but there will not room for error. It's better to start the application two months before the travel time.

Visa for US Citizens is USD 140.

Invitation Letter

We can provide invitation letter to ease the visa application procedure. If you need an invitation letter, please fill in the form on google docs or email your request to the organizers (to Alick Zhao, cc Christopher Meng, Zamir Sun) with the following information:

  • Full name (as on passport)
  • Gender
  • Birthdate (as on passport)
  • Country
  • Passport number

About Beijing & BUAA

The city

Beijing (北京) is the capital and cultural heart of China. It houses many universities and high profile IT companies of which Red Hat China is one.

Beijing is the second largest city in the People's Republic of China and has a very distinct and easy layout. The city is based around a ring structure which starts with the Forbidden City (or Palace Museum) being the center.

The city allows you to easily move around using public transport, of which the Subway is probably the best way. All proposed events sites,hotels, restaurants and shopping places are easily accessible by subway. You can see numerous lines at here

Beijing provides full possibilities for foreign visitors to have rich experience in the following ways:

  • Cuisine: Restaurants of different tastes of food from all over the world are available in Beijing. From the most well known restaurants of Quan Ju De Roasting Duck, Dong Lai Shun Instant-boiled Mutton, to popular gourmet street. It's easy for you to find the right one suitable for your budget from 4 dollars/person to 60 dollars/person or above. If you just want a snack or lunch, almost in every street you can find a cheap restaurant which offers all kinds of Chinese food.
  • Art: 798 Art Zone (Cao Chang Di, which is often compared with New York's Greenwich Village or SoHo), The National Centre for the Performing Arts.
  • Famous Sites: The Great Wall, the Forbidden City (the Palace Museum; palace of emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasty), Tian An Men Square, Mausoleum of Mao Ze Dong, Temple of Heaven (where emperors made visits for annual ceremonies to pray to Heaven for propsperity and good harvest), the Summer Palace, Siheyuan (courtyard houses) and Hutong (alleys).
  • Entertainment: Some famous bar street are quite easily reachable by subway. Using Line 10 you can travel to Tuanjiehu and visit Sanlitun (三里屯). This area is famous as an international bar street and offers a lot of different styles of Western food. Another option which is about 25 minutes away is Wudaokao (五道口), this is also a famous area mostly known among students. Yuan Dadu covers an area of 10,000 square meters and provides one of the longest bar streets in Beijing.
  • Shopping: Xiu Shui Street (Silk Street) is quite a hot spot for foreign visitors where you could buy silk, pearl, Chinaware, handicrafts and clothes at a low price. The other well know shopping areas are Xi Dan and Dong Dan, respectively on the east and west side of the famous Tian An Men Square.
  • Architecture: This is a city where you could see both traditional architecture of imperial China and much more modern architectural forms.


Beijing has a monsoon-influenced continental climate. In May it is late spring and the average temperature is among 14–26 °C. According to the weather forecast, during the conference days the highest temperature is above 30 °C, while the lowest temperature is around 20 °C, which is a bit hotter than average. Beijing is warm, windy, and dry in this season. Consider to bring lightweight clothing (long-sleeved shirts or T-shirts) plus one or two jackets and coats. Dress warmly when you go out at night. Stay inside if there is dust storm or serious smog and haze. You can use the hourly air quality index for reference.


The official currency is Renminbi (RMB). The unit is Yuan (CNY). You can check the exchange rate at .


Electricity supply is 220 volts, 50 Hz. Common sockets are of Type A, C, I. Various adapters can be brought in stores, and might be provided in hotels.


Beijing is a generally safe city. But you might be cautious with pickpocketing.

Free emergency telephone numbers:

  • Police: 110.
  • Fire alarm: 119.
  • Medical care: 120.

Tap water is generally NOT proper to drink directly. Drink bottle water or boiled water instead.

Medical treatment can be quite expensive.

Local Mass Transit

The venue is easily reachable with public transport; several bus stations are around the universities, and they are within walking distance from nearby Subway station.

  • Subway costs are fixed at ¥2 per ride (about $0.30)
  • Taxi cost is calculated per kilometer. starts at ¥13 (includes 3KM). ¥2.3 per additional kilometer.
  • Bus depends on the local or regional bus. Urban bus price is fixed at ¥1. Segmented fare starts at ¥1 within 12 km, and is incremental at ¥0.5 per 5 km thereafter. Discount is offered for traveling with a general transit card (60% discount) or student transit card (80% discount).

Beihang University

Beihang University (BUAA for short) is "a multi-disciplined, research-oriented university of engineering science and technology with an emphasis on aeronautic and astronautic engineering" (cited from the homepage). It is located in Haidian district is easily reachable by public transport (Subway Line 10). Beihang University has good relationship with local open source communities in Beijing. GNOME.Asia Summit 2008 was held there.

The New Main Building of Beihang University has different sizes of conference rooms. The biggest meeting hall has 270 seats. We also get some discount for the event.

Open Source Communities and Universities

There are different kinds of open source communities located here in Beijing. Along them there are Beijing GNU/Linux User Group (aka BLUG for short), Beijing GNOME User Group(BJGUG), China Firefox Community and so on.

There are different kinds of open source activities here, too. Among them are Software Freedom Day every year, BLUG monthly meetup, PyCon, and so on. As for local Fedora community, we have successfully held FAD in 2011, Release Parties for Fedora release 18--20. We have many cooperatoin with other communities. For example, we held "The unity of open source community (Fedora, Ubuntu and openSUSE)" with BJGUG, Ubuntu community, and openSUSE community together on Mar 19, 2013.

Besides, there are a total of over 80 universities located in Beijing. Some of them have Linux related research team, and a lot of them have Linux or open source related leagues and courses, such as TUNA in Tsinghua, OSLUG in GUCAS, and so on. A lot of students here in Beijing are willing to volunteer for open source related activities.

Reference Links


Proposed sponsorship criteria

  • FUDCon team will sponsor local travel, food and accommodation for everyone who is a speaker or hackfest participant
  • Red Hat speakers travelling internationally, talk to your manager for covering the flight expenses. FUDCon team can cover other expenses if needed.
  • Community volunteers (international participants), we have limited budget for covering flight cost. FUDCon team will be choosy about this. FUDCon team will cover other expenses.
  • Community volunteers (within China). FUDCon team will cover flight costs for you if you are a speaker or hackfest participant

Budget Details

FUDCon APAC has been provided a tentative budget of 10000 US Dollars as per

The following price varies due to price change or possible discount.

# Item Budget Comment
1 Venue $800 Big: 400/2(share)*2(day)=400; Small: 100*2(room)*2(day)=400
2 Travel Sponsorship $5550 foreign 8*600, non-local Chinese 5*150
3 Accommodation Sponsorship $980 7(room)*280(CNY)*3(day)
4 Food & Drinks $1000 lunch only for speakers, volunteers, and organizers
5 T-shirts $1500 300 attendees
6 FUDPub $1500
7 Other Swag $500
99 TOTAL $11830

Organizers/Event owners

# Name Location Comment
1 Christopher Meng Beijing, China Lead Coordinator, Event Owner
2 Alick Zhao Beijing, China Main Coordinator, Budget Coordinator
3 Zhenbo Li Harbin, China Website (Wiki) Coordinator
4 Zamir SUN Shandong, China Main Coordinator, Attendee Communication Coordinator
5 Diseng Chengdu, China Design Coordinator
6 杜宏羽 Beijing, China Sponsor Coordinator
7 Caius Chance Brisbane, Australia Mentor
8 韦冠楠 Beijing, China Volunteer Coordinator
9 Amos.Huang Sichuan, China
10 Bin Li Beijing, China Coordinator from BJGUG
11 Gerard Braad Beijing, China Mentor, Host (1st day)
12 Tong Hui Beijing, China Coordinator from BJGUG / CSDN
13 Tommy He Xi'an, China Host (2nd day)

Organizers/Event owners

# Name Location Comment
1 Christopher Meng Beijing, China Lead Coordinator, Event Owner
2 Alick Zhao Beijing, China Main Coordinator
3 Zhenbo Li Harbin, China Coordinator
4 Zamir SUN Shandong, China Main Coordinator
5 Diseng Chengdu, China Coordinator
6 杜宏羽 Beijing, China
7 Caius Chance Brisbane, Australia
8 韦冠楠 Beijing, China
9 Amos.Huang Sichuan, China
10 Bin Li Beijing, China Coordinator from BJGUG
11 Gerard Braad Beijing, China
12 Tong Hui Beijing, China Coordinator from BJGUG / CSDN

Plan Meetings

IRC meetings:

Approval Meeting: