China Travel Tips
(Travel Tips to China)
China is divided into 23 provinces, five autonomous regions,
four municipal districts under the direct jurisdiction of the Central Government, and one special
administrative region. The 23 provinces are
The five autonomous regions are
The four municipal districts are
is a special administrative region.
Books, Newspapers, and Periodicals:
Newspaper 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 bookstores or Xinhua Book Stores.
Chinese currency is issued by the People's Bank of China. The standard unit of Chinese currency is the Renminbi (RMB), also known as the yuan (dollar). The subsidiary units are the jiao (ten cents) and the fen (penny). One yuan equals ten jiaos and one jiao equals to ten fens. Yuan, jiao and fen are issued in both bills and coins. Chinese currency is issued in the following denominations: one, two, five, ten, fifty, and a hundred yuans; one two and five jiaos; and one, two and five fens.
The following foreign credit cards are accepted in China: Master Card, Visa, American Express, JCB, and Diners.
These card holders can draw cash at the Bank of China or use the cards for payment directly in stores,
restaurants, and hotels designated by the Bank of China.
Only a few luxury hotels in China provide drinkable tap water, so please don't forget to ask
the hotel personnell whether the tap water is drinkable. Boiled water is available in all
guestrooms, and bottled mineral water is readily available for purchase.
The voltage for electricity in China is 220 V. However, the bathrooms of major hotels also provide
110 volt sockets.
Most hotels provide simple medical, health and massage services
One can call the emergency centers in nearby hospitals for more serious conditions, or ask the tour guide
to arrange for medical services
New Year's Day- January 1, one day off
Spring Festival (or Chinese New Year)- First day of the Chinese lunar calendar, three days off
International Labor Day- May 1, one day off
National Day- October 1, two days off
Postal services are available at the service desks of hotels and post offices. Use standard envelopes
write down the postal code, and be sure to use sufficient postage or stamps. EMS is also available in
most post offices and express mail agencies. Many stores and shops provide the service to ship the
purchased item to almost amywhere in the world.
Business Hours- the starting hours for most stores in China are 8:00 or 8:30 a.m., and the closing hours
are 8:00 or 8:30 p.m., In the Winter, the business hours for most stores are 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Many shop assistants can speak English
Foreign currency exchange is available in most shopping centers and tourist areas
English and Japanese television programs are available in many hotels via satellite relaies. The China Central
Television Station and some local TV stations also provide English news and English programs.
The Bank of China can cash travelers'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 an agent for traveller's checks for the American Express, the First National City Bank,
Thomas Cook Traveler's Check Co., Sumitomo Bank, and the Swiss Bank Corp.
Useful Telephone Numbers while Traveling in China:
0086 - IDD code of China
110 - Police Department (equivalent to 911 in the USA)
119 - Fire Department
120 - Emergency (Ambulances)
112 - Telephone repair desk
113 - Long distance operator
114 - Directory inquiries and information
115 - International operator
116 - Long distance directory inquiries
117 - Time inquiry
121 - Weather inquiry
A typical workinf week in China is from Monday to Friday. Most people don't work on Saturdays and Sundays.
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