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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 Anhui, Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guizhou, Hainan Heilongjiang, Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Jilin, Liaoning, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, and Zhejiang The five autonomous regions are Guangxi, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Tibet, Xinjiang. The four municipal districts are Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai, and Tianjin. Hong Kong is a special administrative region.

Travel Tips

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:
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.

Credit Cards:
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.

Drinking Water:
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.

Medical Services:
  • 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

  • National Holidays:
  • 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:
    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

  • Television:
    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.

    Traveller's Checks:
    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

    Work Days:
    A typical workinf week in China is from Monday to Friday. Most people don't work on Saturdays and Sundays.


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