San Diego, California

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This is an archived version of the website for the US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference in 2005. For current conferences, please see the conference page at
Registered spouses are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception on Sunday, September 18, the Keynote Address on the morning of Monday, September 20, and the Reception and Dinner on the evening of Monday, September 20. The Spouse registration fee is US$125.

Exploring San Diego
San Diego is California's second largest city and the seventh largest city in the U.S. Although it was the site of the first mission in California, the city only really took off with the arrival of the Santa Fe Railroad in the 1880s. Set around a gracefully curving bay, it is bordered by Mexico, the Pacific Ocean, the Anza-Borrego Desert, and the Laguna Mountains. During World War II the U.S. Navy made San Diego its Pacific Command Center, and San Diego is the home of one of the world's largest military complexes.

The U.S. Weather Bureau calls the San Diego climate "as good as it gets". In September, the average high temperature is 77 degrees, and the average low is 65 degrees, with an average of 69% sunny days.

Named "One of the Top 50 Golf Destinations in the World" by Golf Digest, San Diego has over 90 courses located throughout the region, and featuring everything from seaside settings to desert mountains to inland valleys.

Torrey Pines
Torrey Pines

Highly ranked courses in the area include Torrey Pines North and South Courses, the Maderas Golf Club, and The Grand Del Mar Golf Club courses. Other places to play include the Barona Creek Golf Club, the La Costa, and the Coronado Municipal Golf Course (4.2 miles from the hotel).

The Coronado Golf Course
The Coronado Municipal Golf Course

Area Attractions
For more information on attractions in San Diego, visit the San Diego Convention & Visitor's Bureau.
San Diego Zoo
Park Blvd. & Zoo Pl.
San Diego, California 92112-0551
(800) 628-3066
(619) 718-3000 (local)
Adults $32, Children (ages 3-11) $19.75
9am-4pm (grounds close at 6pm)

The San Diego Zoo cares for more than 4,000 individual animals representing 800 different species. Its collection of animals, as well as its plant collection of over 6,500 species, is acknowledged as one of the finest in the entire world. Some of the rarest wildlife in the world can be seen at the Zoo, including koalas, orangutans, and giant pandas.

Wild Animal Park
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, California 92027-7017
(760) 747-8702
Adults $28.50, Children (ages 3-11) $17.50
9am-4pm (grounds close at 5pm)

Experience a unique adventure at the 2,100-acre preserve where animals wander freely in surroundings much like their native homelands. A quiet railway, pathways, and animal shows enable visitors to observe the animals and many species of exotic plants.

The Gaslamp Quarter
From Broadway to Harbor Drive
Between Fourth and Sixth Avenue

Founded in 1850, San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, located in what was then called New Town, became the bustling anchor of commerce for the developing City of San Diego. Home of the infamous Stingaree district in the late 1800:s, the area has become southern California's premier dining, shopping and entertainment districts. Here you'll find a truly eclectic blend of food, fun and culture all within one of San Diego's most historic areas.

Balboa Park
House of Hospitality
1549 El Prado # 1
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 239-0512

One of the nation's largest cultural and entertainment complexes, the Park covers 1,200 acres and is home to over 85 cultural and recreational organizations. The Park features 15 museums and various performing arts groups, like the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre and the world-famous Old Globe Theatre. The area is also home to the San Diego Zoo.

Balboa Park
Balboa Park

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
404 Third Avenue
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 338-9888
Adults $2, Children (under 12) free
Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30-4:00pm
Sunday: 12:00-4:00pm

The Museum's mission is to collect, preserve and share the Chinese American experience and Chinese history, culture and art to educate the community and visitors. Since opening, the museum has presented more than 39 exhibits highlighting the rich tradition of Chinese culture and history in San Diego and the world. The Museum also features a library of books on Chinese culture and a tranquil garden with koi pond.

Wineries & Vineyards

Nestled along the countryside, wineries offer a unique experience for visitors to San Diego. Orfila Vineyard, known for award-winning wines, overlooks beautiful San Pasqual Valley and is the perfect locale for an afternoon picnic. Bernardo Winery is one of the oldest continuously operating wineries in California, established in 1889. Housed in some of the original buildings, visitors will enjoy unique shops, wine tasting, and their wonderful café.

Visit Tijuana & Baja California

Tijuana, the closest Mexican City and gateway to Baja, California, is approximately 16 miles south of downtown San Diego. Here, you can explore the colorful shops and bazaars, try to strike a few bargains and enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine. The San Diego Trolley provides regular travel service to Tijuana from downtown San Diego. The trip takes approximately 45 minutes.