Main Ports of Entry
Beijing, Chengdu, Dalian, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hohhot, Hong Kong,
Kunming, Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenyang, Tianjin, Urumqi, Xiamen, and Xi'an
Erenhot, Manzhouli, Ji'an, Hunchun, Tumen, Xunke, Mohe, Suifenhe, Friendship
Wanding, Ruili, Yadong, Zhangmu (Nyalam), Baketu, Alataw, and Kunjirap
Tianjin, Qinhuangdao, Dalian, Dandong, Shanghai, Lianyungang, Zhenjiang,
Ningbo, Jiujiang, Weihai, Qingdao, Yantai, Hankou, Guangzhou, Huangpu,
Shantou, Shenzhen, Zhanjiang, Beihai, Haikou, and Sanya
Chinese currency is issued by the People's Bank of China.
The standard unit of Chinese currency is the Renminbi (RMB), also known
as theyuan. The subsidiary units are thejiao. Oneyuanequals tenjiao.Yuanandjiaoare issued in bills. Fivejiaoand onejiaoare issued
both in bills and in coins. Chinese currency is issued in the following
denominations: one, two, five, ten, fifty and a hundredyuan;
and one, two and fivejiao. The symbol for RMB is ¥.
For example, RMB 1,234.56yuancan be written as RMB ¥1,234.56.
The circulation of foreign currencies and the settling of accounts with
foreign currencies is forbidden in the People's Republic of China. All
expenditures in China must be settled with
RMB. The Bank of China and other designated Chinese banks can convert
foreign traveler's checks and cash in 22 foreign currencies and the New
Taiwan Dollar into RMB. These banks can
also issue RMB against foreign credit cards. The following currencies
can be converted into RMB: US dollar, British pound, French franc, German
mark, Japanese yen, Australian dollar, Austrian schilling, Belgian franc,
Canadian dollar, Hong Kong dollar, Swiss franc, Danish krone, Dutch guilder
(florin), Norwegian krone, Swedish krona, Singapore dollar, Malaysian
Italian lira, Macao pataca, and Finnish markka. Some hotels, restaurants
and stores in China also provide foreign exchange service. The daily exchange
rate is issued by the State Administration of Exchange Control. A foreign
traveler may have the remaining amount of RMB converted back into foreign
cash and brought out of China within six months prior to departure from
China, upon presentation of a foreign-currency conversion receipt.
The following foreign credit cards are accepted in China: Master, Visa,
American Express, JCB, and Diners.
These card holders can draw cash at the Bank of China or use the cards
for payment in stores, restaurants, and hotels designated by the Bank
The Bank of China can cash traveler's checks sold by international commercial
banks and traveler's-check companies in the United States, Canada, Australia,
Hong Kong, Japan, Britain, France, Switzerland, and Germany.
The Bank of China also serves as agent for traveler's checks of the American
Express Company, the First National City Bank, Thomas Cook Traveler's
Check Co., Sumitomo Bank, and the Swiss Bank Corp.
Postal service is available at the service desks of hotels
and post offices.
Note: to use standard envelopes, write the postal code,
and be sure to use enough stamps. EMS is also available in most post offices
and express mail agencies. Many stores can send items
anywhere in the world.
Special Telephone Numbers
0086 - IDD code of China
110 - Police
119 - Fire
120 - Emergency
112 - Telephone repair desk
113 - Long distance operator
114 - Directory inquires and information
115 - International operator
116 - Long distance directory inquiries
117 - Time
121 - Weather
These special telephone numbers are used throughout China
and are not repeated in the introduction to various tourist cities.
The electricity in China is 220 volts, but the bathrooms
of many luxury and medium-grade hotels also have 110-volt sockets.
Only a few luxury hotels provide drinkable tap water, so
don't forget to ask the hotel whether the tap water is drinkable or not.
Boiled water is available in all guest rooms, and bottled mineral water
is on sale everywhere.
Newspapers, Books and Periodicals
Newspapers and magazines in English, such as China Daily
and Beijing Review, are free in many
hotels. Foreigners can also buy books and maps in foreign-language book
stores or Xinhua Book Stores.
English and Japanese television programs are available in
many hotels via satellite relay. The China Central Television Station
and some local TV stations also provide English news and other programs
1. Business hours for most stores in China are 8:00 or 8:30
a.m. to 20:00 or 20:30 p.m. In winter, the business hours for most stores
are 9:00 a.m. to 19:00 p.m. Many shop assistants can speak English. Foreign
currency exchange is available in most shopping centers and tourist stores.
2. The designated tourist stores are the most reliable place for shopping
Hotels that receive foreigners have clinics that provide
medical, health, and massage services. You can telephone the emergency
centers in nearby hospitals or ask your tourist guide to make arrangements
for medical service.
Work and Rest
The working week in China is from Monday through Friday.
Most people do not work on Saturdays and Sundays. Office hours are from
8:00 a.m. to 17: 00 p.m. with one hour for lunch.
New Year's Day - January 1, one day off';
Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) - The first day of the first month
on the Chinese lunar calendar, three days off;
International Labor Day - May 1, three days off;
National Day - October 1, three days off.