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Photos & Highlights from Closing Day at China's World Domain Conference Friday in Wuzhen

The 2016 World Domain Conference (WDC) ended today (Friday, July 8) in Wuzhen, China with a morning devoted to business sessions and an afternoon spent touring waterways of the scenic city of some 60,000 residents, located 67 miles southwest of Shanghai. WDC, sponsored by Yumi.com, is held just once every three years. The recent boom in China's domain market resulted in domain investors, brokers and company representatives from around the world coming in for the event. 

You will find photos and highlights from the Reception Day Wednesday here and the first day of business Thursday here. Today, thanks to George Hong (Guta.com), Deepak Daftari (eSiksha.com) and Dietmar Stefitz (DomainingEurope.com), who were all at the conference, we have some closing day photos and highlights for you.

Above & below: The final day of WDC began at 9:30 Friday morning when Mr. Yongdong Xie, the CEO of conference host Yumi.com, gave a presentation on how to use big data to gain an understanding of domain industry trends. (Photos courtesy of George Hong, as are others in this article unless noted otherwise).

Above: A view of the conference hall taken from the stage during a morning break.
(photo from  Dietmar Stefitz).

Below: The opening morning session continued with a panel discussion of current domain values and the direction the various experts think those may go in the future.

Above: WDC made sure there was plenty of time of informal networking with coffee breaks built into both the morning and afternoon schedules each business day. Here (left to right) Deepak Daftari (sSiksha.com), Frank Schilling (Uniregistry), Dhananjeyan Thangavelu and Anand Vora (Donuts Inc.) pose for a group selfie. (Photo from Deepak Daftari).

Below: The morning concluded with the conference's final business session - a discussion of Domain Security, Arbitration, Legal Issues and Traffic.

Above: While the business sessions were now done, the day was far from complete. Attendees enjoyed a 90-minute luncheon before heading out together for an afternoon of touring scenic Wuzhen. (Photo from Deepak Daftari)

Below: One of the boats carrying WDC guests heads out for a beautiful day on the city's waterways. (this and all remaining photos from George Hong)

Above: The view from a WDC boat floating through one of Wuzhen's many scenic waterways.

Below: As the sun heads down, this pastoral view of Wuzhen resembles a painted masterpiece.

Above: WDC attendees will be heading home Saturday morning with conference shuttles taking those who need to fly to their respective airports. But Friday night it was time for informal get togethers at local restaurants and bars. Industry veterans will recognize several of the faces in this photo from one of those final gatherings.

By all accounts we've heard, it was a very enjoyable and productive week in Wuzhen. We expect  to get some more feedback and commentary from a couple of attendees who helped us cover the show for you after they are back home and settled in. Congratulations to WDC and Yumi.com for running another world class event!

(Posted July 8, 2016)

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