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Chinese CHI 2014 will be held at the Queen's Quay Room at Westin Harbor Castle Conference Centre in Toronto, Canada. http://www.westinharbourcastletoronto.com/

Founded by many Chinese HCI researchers and practitioners and hosted by ICACHI, Chinese CHI is a leading forum for research in all areas of Human-Computer Interaction. It attracts an international community of practitioners, researchers, academics and students from a wide range of disciplines including user experience design, software engineering, human factors, information systems, social science and creative industries among other disciplines. A total of 17 great talks from 55 submissions will be presented at Chinese CHI. The acceptance rate is 30.9%. For the first time, Chinese CHI will host a banquet and an award ceremony at 351 meters (1151 ft) above ground on top of the CN Tower, the world’s highest and largest revolving restaurant and the world’s highest wine cellar. Following the banquet and the award ceremony, all HCI researchers are welcome to step out onto the glass panels at the Glass Floor level (at 342 meters or 1,122 feet) and claim ourselves fearless at mad heights. We are looking forward to meeting you in Toronto!

One of Canada’s best kept secrets, Toronto is on par with New York City, San Francisco, and Chicago when it comes to cultural attractions and urban endeavors. The best place to start is at the top; and in Toronto, there’s no mistaking where that is. The landmark CN Tower is the tallest free-standing structure in the West, and also an important telecommunications hub. Take the elevator to the top for a breathtaking view of the city and its surrounding areas. The CN Tower is situated close to Lake Ontario. From there, you can work your way north and explore the rest of what T.O. (Toronto, Ontario) has to offer. Right next door to the Tower, at the Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome), you can catch a Blue Jays baseball game in the summer, or just walk around the massive stadium. Newly opened, the Ripley's Aquarium of Canada sits at the base of the CN Tower and is ideal for families and aquatic lovers alike. Also in and around the city, check out the Royal Ontario Museum, the largest in Canada, with fascinating archaeology and natural history exhibits. There’s also the Art Gallery of Ontario, with a fine collection of European and Canadian works. If you’re into shopping, don’t miss the wide array of funky stores, ethnic restaurants — and of course the Eaton Centre (one of the city's largest indoor shopping malls) — all on Queen Street West. A little north of this strip, you can head to the elegant boutiques and fine eateries of Yorkville. Sit back and do some stargazing: it's a hot spot for stars to hang out during September’s International Film Fest. For a relaxing experience, head back down to the waterfront and enjoy Toronto’s Harbourfront, a complex of unique shops and restaurants right on beautiful Lake Ontario. If you’re all shopped out, enjoy a nice stroll on the boardwalk and take in the great views of the city skyline. From Harbourfront, you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a hop on the ferry to the Toronto Islands, an excellent spot for a picnic and some outdoor recreation. Toronto is a great destination for singles, families and executives. It is an incredibly clean, safe and easy city to get around, either on foot or by public transportation.

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Getting to Downtown Toronto 

*Taxi from Pearson International Airport (YYZ) by TripAdvisor.CA (http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Travel-g155019-c116016/Toronto:Ontario:Getting.Downtown.From.Pearson.Airport.html)

Time30 to 60 minutes
Cost $55-$65 + tip 

Follow signs to the taxi queue (ignore any drivers who may approach you inside the terminal); it's typically a very short wait.  Credit cards are generally accepted, debit cards less so, but always best to check with the driver in advance.  Typically, you tip the driver 10-20%, usually 15%.

Although the wait in the taxi queue is typically very brief, you can also pre-arrange taxi services in advance by calling one of the taxi companies serving the airport.  They will pick you up at the pre-arranged section Area B for Terminal 1 & Gate 29 for Terminal 3 of the airport, and of course you can also arrange a trip back to the airport with the same company.

Otherwise, you can get back to the airport by simply hailing a regular city taxi -- the metered fare from downtown will normally run $50-$70 plus tip, although you can also ask for a flat rate. The taxi meter operates on both time and distance so if there is heavy traffic, the flat rate will be probably be a better deal.

*Toronto Hotel Airport Shuttle

(http://www.westinharbourcastletoronto.com/toronto-hotel-airport-shuttle)

Please check the shuttle schedule and stops using the Air Port Express service map

(http://www.torontoairportexpress.com/pdf/AirportExpress-Map.pdf)

*Driving

(http://www.westinharbourcastletoronto.com/directions)