BALI: THE MORNING OF THE WORLD
Many names have been given to Bali: Island of Paradise, Island of the Gods, Island of a Thousand Temples, Last Paradise, but Pandit Jawarharlal Nehru’s poetic words, the Morning of the World, used to describe Bali during his visit in the 1950’s, may perhaps provide more spirit and optimism for each of us as we greet each morning and face the future during the 9th ICAAP.
Geographically, Bali lies between the islands of Java and Lombok. Stretching approximately 140 km from east to west and 80 km from north to south, It is small enough to be driven around in a day. Bali is one of the 33 provinces of Indonesia, lying 8° south of the equator, with a tropical climate that gives an average annual temperature of 28° C. The rich volcanic soil and healthy monsoon season make this island extremely fertile with a range of crops grown here. Bali is famous for its terraced rice fields, among the most spectacular in the world, and produces coffee, copra, spices, vegetables, and cattle.
The majority of Balinese are Hindus, although cultural influences make them different from the Hindus in India. Religious life in Bali is almost inseparable from cultural life: temples can be found everywhere with ceremonies literally happening every day. One of the daily rituals is presenting offerings, which play a significant role in Balinese daily life, as they appease the spirits and thus bring prosperity and good health to the family.
Although Bali has been a favoured holiday resort since the 1930s, it is still the traditional culture what sets Bali apart form other sun-and-surf holiday destinations. Most of the tourists attractions are concentrated in the fertile plains, lush volcanic foothills and beaches in the southern part of the island. Travelers will be mesmerised by the rich cultural tradition of music and dance, arts and crafts, colorful ceremonies and spectacular panorama that every inch of Bali will offer you a fresh and unforgetable memory. There will be no shortage of options for you to enjoy this enchanting island.
Developed as a luxury resort complex in the southern-most tip of Bali, Nusa Dua is home to the island’s most luxurious hotel and resort accommodation and conference facilities, gracefully integrating the beauty of the white beaches and clear water into the landscape of the hotels. The beaches of Nusa Dua allow you to gently surf along the northern side of the peninsula. If you care for bigger waves, the southern part of the peninsula can give you a challenge.
For Bali area map and map of pick-up and drop-off zones, download here!
For pre congress shuttle schedule from 7-8 August 2009, download here!
For the congress shuttle schedule from 9 - 13 August 2009, download here!
Bali Convention Centre
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