International Towing Tank Conference

28th ITTC in Wuxi, China, September 17 – 23, 2017

Tours

Sept. 19, 2017, Tuesday (Day 2)

08:00 Departure from InterContinental Hotel
10:00-12:00 Yixing Bamboo Forest

Yixing Bamboo forest, one of the AAAA grade national scenic attractions in China, is situated at the trilateral border of Jiangsu, Anhui and Zhejiang provinces. The 15 thousand hectares of hilly land is covered with a sea of luxuriant bamboos riding up and down the uneven terrain, like stormy ocean waves rolling on and merging into the deep horizon; and thus gain the reputation as China’s No.1 bamboo forest. The newly built cable transport system is 1,500 meters long and the altitude difference between the upper and lower platforms reaches 400 meters. With 96 cars, it is capable of carrying up to 5,000 tourists to and fro every day, topping all other cable transport systems in East China. Taking the cable cars to the top of the mountain, tourists can have a bird’s eye view of the whole mountain. More impressive will it be in a windy day when a grand picture of engulfing waves will be presented by the bamboo forest.

12:00-13:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Yixing Zisha (Purple Clay) Museum

Yixing Zisha Museum is the earliest professional ceramic museum in the world and Yixing Ceramic Showroom, founded by the first curator Shih-hua, has a history of nearly 50 years.

Having developed for hundreds of years, Zisha ceramics inherited its cultural foundation from ancient china and matured in the Wanli Period of the Ming Dynasty. By around 1600 AD, Zisha ware had become a unique category of Chinese works of art.

Zisha ware, especially zisha teapots, is one of the mysterious arts of China's Ming and Qing Dynasties. One of the great mysteries of this art is that while there are many historical records documenting this art, to this day its history and makers still remain relatively unknown. Another particularity of this art is its material—although ceramics were invented by many world cultures and share many common characteristics, including common ceramic clay materials, purple clay has only been discovered in Yixing China. According to the scientific analysis, zisha clay is a kind of kaolin clay, including mineral elements such as silicon oxide, ferric oxide, calcium oxide, magnesium oxide, manganese carbonate, potassium oxide, etc. Zisha’s beauty is dependent on its unique dark and matte color. Of the many zisha forms, it is the zisha teapot that is most cherished because of its beauty and functions. Fully experiencing the beauty of these teapots lies in appreciation of tea and process of drinking tea.

15:00-16:00 Purple Clay Workshope
16:00-18:00 Back to InterContinental