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Essential

Customs

A customs form is completed on arrival. Prohibited items include fresh fruit, arms, ammunition, printed matter, films or tapes "detrimental to China's economy, culture and ethics", narcotic drugs, animals and plants. Cash over a certain stated value must be declared. If you purchase antiques in China, you must obtain a certificate of authenticity to allow it to be exported.

 

Electricity

The voltage is 220V. Numerous plug types are used and the 2 pronged styles and the 3 pronged angled Australian styles are common. An adapter with American and Australian styles will cover most places.

 

Emergency Service
Police 110

Traffic Police 122
Fire 119
Ambulance 120

Health

Do not drink water that has not been boiled or use bottled water which is available.

Beijing Asia Emergency Assistance Clinic (AEA)
Building C, BITIC Leasing Center/No.1 Xingfu Sancun North Road, Chaoyang District
6462 9100

Beijing International SOS Assistance (SOS)
Suite 447, Kunlun Hotel, 2 xinyuannan Lu
6462 9100

 

Beijing United Family Hospital ( Beijing Hemujia Yiyuan)
2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District
6433 2345

Beijing International Medical Center (IMC)
Room 106, Beijing Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District
6465 1561

 

Beijing Union Medical Hospital ( Beijing Xiehe Yiyuan)
53 Dongdanbei Dajie, Dongcheng District
6529 5284

Hong Kong International Medical Clinic
Swissotel, Beijing Hong Kong Macau Center, 3rd Floor, Dongsishitiao, Chaoyang District
6553 2288

 

International Medical Centre

6465 1561

Peking Union Medical Hospital

9529 5284

Holidays
January 1 New Year's Day
Chinese New Year or Spring Festival depends on the Chinese lunar calendar and is around January/February and is a major 4 day holiday.
March 8 International Women's day
May 1 International Labor Day
May 4 Youth Day
June 1 Children's Day
July 1 Anniversary of the Founding of the Communist Party of China.

August 1 Anniversary of the Founding of the Chinese PLA.

October 1 National Day

Internet

Most hotels have internet and internet cafes are easily found.

Language

English can be a problem in Beijing. English will be spoken in all the main hotels, large restaurants and larger shops. Taxi drivers are not good at English and normal practice is to ask the hotel staff to write down your destination in Chinese. Do make sure you carry with you the hotel card in Chinese to return. Many restaurants have picture menus and includes the fast food ones where the picture menu will be given to you.

Mandarin (or known as Putonghua) is the national language of China, Cantonese is spoken in Guangdong, and Hakka is used in northeastern Guangdong. Chinese uses tones and incorrect tones change meanings of words.

 

Newspapers

The China Daily is produced on all days except Sunday and the Beijing Weekend on Friday has useful visitor information

 

Money
The Renminbi (RMB) is referred to as yuan (spoken as: kuai) and issued as 100, 50, 10, 5, 2 and 1notes. The yuan breaks down into 10 jiao which breaks down into 10 fen. Change can be hard to find so keep as many 10 yuan notes as possible. There are many ATMs around but not all accept overseas cards. The Bank of China ATMs work in English and are spread around Beijing. Credit cards are not universally accepted and some places might display the Visa symbol but only accept Chinese cards. It is best to have some cash in China and not be totally reliant on plastic means to pay for things.

 

Office Hours
Offices in Beijing normally operate from 8 – 5 and close for lunch.

 

Post
The postal system is efficient. Use envelopes with an approved size.

Safety

Beijing is generally a safe place. As in all world cities beware of petty theft and always advisable to use the safe box in your hotel.

 


Telephone
Card phones are the cheapest way to phone for local and long distance calls and not all phone booths allow international calls. The mobile phone network is 900 and 1800 MHz. The country code for China is 86; the city code for Beijing is 010 and for Beijing local calls just dial the 8-digit number. To make an international direct dial call from Beijing use the international access code "00".

Time

Beijing is 16 hours ahead of US Pacific Time, 13 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time and 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. This means that if it 12 noon in Beijing it is 2pm in Sydney; 4am in London; and 11pm the previous day in New York. Times change slightly due to daylight savings adjustments in some countries.

Tips

Tips are generally not expected and a service charge is normally added to restaurant bills. The main exception are hotel porters and tour guides who happily accept tips.

 

Visas

All visitors need a visa and needs to be arranged before arrival at the Chinese embassy or one of China's state travel agencies. The single entry tourist visa is valid for 30 days, multiple entry visas, business visas, and student visas are also available. Visa extensions are arranged by the Public Security Bureau (6525 5486).

Embassies

Arab Republic of Egypt
2 Ritan Donglu
6532 1825

Australia
21 Dongzhimenwai Dajie
6532 2331

Austria
5 Xiushui Nanjie
Jianguomenwai Dajie
6532 2061

Belgium
6 Sanlitun Lu
6532 1736


Brunei Darussalam
No. 3 Qijiayuan Diplomatic Compound
6532 4094

Cambodia
9 Dongzhimenwai Dajie
6532 1889

Canada
19 Dongzhimenwai Dajie
6532 3536

Cooperative Republic of Guyana
1 Xiushui Dongjie
Jianguomenwai Dajie
6532 1337

Czech Republic
Ritan Lu, Jianguomenwai Dajie
6532 6902

Democratic People's Republic
of Algeria
7 Sanlitun
6532 1231

Democratic Peoples'
Republic of Korea
Ritan Beilu, Jianguomenwai Dajie
6532 1186

 

Democratic Socialist Republic
of Sri Lanka
3 Jianhua Lu
Jianguomenwai Dajie
6532 1861

Denmark
1 Dongwujie, Sanlitun
6532 2431

Federal Democratic Republic
of Ethiopia
3 Xiushui Nanjie
Jianguomenwai Dajie
6532 5258

Federative Republic of Brazil
27 Guanghua Lu
6532 2881

Federal Republic of Germany
17 Dongzhimenwai Dajie
6532 2161

Federal Republic of Nigeria
2 Dongwujie, Sanlitun
6532 3631

Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg
21 Neiwubujie
6513 5937

Great Socialist People's
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
3 Dongliujie, Sanlitun
6532 3666

Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
5 Dongliujie, Sanlitun
6532 3906

Hellenic Republic ( Greece)
19 Guanghua Lu
6532 1317

Ireland
3 Ritan Donglu
6532 2691

Islamic Republic of Iran
13 Dongliujie, Sanlitun
6532 2040

Islamic Republic of Pakistan
1 Dongzhimenwai Dajie
6532 6660

Islamic State of Afghanistan
8 Dongzhimenwai Dajie
6532 1582

Israel
China World Trade Center
West Wing Offices
1 Jianguomenwai Dajie
6505 2970

Japan
7 Ritan Lu, Jianguomenwai
65322361

Kingdom of Lesotho
1-7-1 Ta Yuan Office Bldg.
6532 6842


Kingdom of Morocco
16 Sanlitun Lu
6532 1796

Kyrgyz Republic
2-4-1 Ta Yuan Office Bldg.
6532 6458

Lao People's Democratic Republic
11 Dongsijie, Sanlitun
6532 1224

Lebanon
10 Dongliujie, Sanlitun
6532 1560

Malaysia
13 Dongzhimenwai Dajie
6532 2531


Mauritania
9 Dongsanjie, Sanlitun
6532 1346


Mongolia
2 Xiushui Beijie
Jianguomenwai Dajie
6532 1203

Nepal
1 Xiliujie, Sanlitun
65321795

Netherlands
4 Liangmahe Nanlu
6532 1131

New Zealand
1 Dong'erjie, Ritan Lu
6532 2731

Niger
3-2-12 Sanlitun Apartment
6532 4279

Norway
1 Dongyijie, Sanlitun
6532 2261

Oriental Republic of Uruguay
2-7-2 Ta Yuan Office Bldg.
6532 4445

Papua New Guinea
2-11-2 Ta Yuan Office Bldg.
6532-4312

People's Republic of Bangladesh
42 Guanghua Lu
6532 2521

Republic of Albania
28 Guanghua Lu
6532 1120

Republic of Azerbaijan
3-2-31 Sanlitun Diplomatic Compound
6532 4614

Republic of Angola
1-13-1 Ta Yuan Diplomatic Office
6532 6968

 

Republic of Argentina
11 Dongwu Jie, Sanlitun
6532 1406

Republic of Belarus
1 Dongyijie Ritan
6532 6426

Republic of Bulgaria
4 Xiushui Beijie
Jianguomenwai Dajie
6532 1946

Republic of Botswana
1-8-1, 1-8-2 Ta Yuan Office Bldg.
6532 5751

Republic of Benin
38 Guanghua Lu
6532 2741

Republic of Burundi
25 Guanghua Lu
6532-1801/2328

Republic of Bolivia
2-3-2 Ta Yuan Diplomatic Bldg.
6532-3074/4370

Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
1-5-1 Ta Yuan Diplomatic Office
6532-6587/0185

Republic of Cameroon
7 Dongwu Jie, Sanlitun
6532-1828/1114

Republic of Chile
1 Dongsijie, Sanlitun
6532-1591

Republic of Colombia
34 Guanghua Lu
6532-3377/1713

Republic of the Congo
7 Dongsijie, Sanlitun
6532-1658/1417

 

Republic of Cote d'Ivoire
9 Beixiaojie, Sanlitun
6532-1482/3572

Republic of Croatia
2-1-31 Sanlitun
Diplomatic Apartments
6532-6241/6256

Republic of Cuba
1 Xiushui Nanjie
Jianguomenwai
6532-6568/1714

Republic of Cyprus
2-13-2 Ta Yuan Office Bldg.
6532-5057

Republic of Ecuador
11-21 Jianguomenwai Dajie
6532-3158/3849

Republic of Equatorial Guinea
2 Dongsijie, Sanlitun
6532-3679

Republic of Finland
Level 26, South Tower
Beijing Kerry Centre, Guanghua Lu
8529-8541

Republic of France
3 Dongsanjie, Sanlitun
Tel: +86-10 6532-1331
Fax: +86-10 6532-4841

 

Republic of Gabon
36 Guanghua Lu
6532-2810/3580

Republic of Ghana
8 Sanlitun Lu
6532-1319/1544

Republic of Guinea
2 Xiliujie, Sanlitun
6532-3649

Republic of Hungary
10 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Sanlitun
6532-1431/1432

Republic of Iceland
Rm. 802, Landmark Tower
8 North Dongsanhuan Lu
6590-7795/7796

Republic of India
1 Ritan Donglu
6532-1856/1908

Republic of Indonesia
Office Building B, Sanlitun
6532-5488

Republic of Italy
2 Dong'erjie, Sanlitun
6532-2131 to 34

Republic of Kazakstan
9 Dongliujie, Sanlitun
6532-6182/6183

Republic of Kenya
4 Xiliujie, Sanlitun
6532-3381/2473
Republic of Korea
4/F, China World Trade Center
1 Jianguomenwai Dajie
Tel: +86-10 6505-3171/2608
Fax: +86-10 6505-3067

 

Republic of Lithuania
3-1-11 Sanlitun Diplomatic Compound
6532-4421/4451

Republic of Madagascar
3 Sanlitun Dongjie
6532-1053/1643

Republic of Mali
8 Dongsijie, Sanlitun
6532-1704

Republic of Malta
5-2-22 Sanlitun Diplomatic Compound
6532-3114

Republic of Mauritius
2-2-11 Dongsanjie Sanlitun
Diplomatic Apartments
6532-5695/5696

Republic of Mozambique
1-7-1 Ta Yuan Office Bldg.
6532-3664/3578

Republic of Namibia
1-13-2 Ta Yuan
Diplomatic Office Building
6532-4810/4811

Republic of Peru
2-82 Sanlitun Office Bldg.
6532-3719/2913

Republic of the Philippines
22 Xiushui Beijie
Jianguomenwai Dajie
6532-1872/2518
Republic of Poland
1 Ritan Lu
Jianguomenwai Dajie
Tel: +86-10 6532-1236/1237
Fax: +86-10 6532-1745

 

Republic of Portugal
8 Dongwujie, Sanlitun
6532-3497/3220

Republic of Rwanda
30 Xiushui Beijie
6532-2193/1762

Republic of Sierra Leone
7 Dongzhimenwai Dajie
6532-1222/2174

Republic of Singapore
1 Xiushui Beijie
Jianguomenwai Dajie
6532-3926/3143

Republic of Slovenia
3-53 Jianguomenwai Dajie
6532-6356/6357

Republic of South Africa
5 Dongzhimenwai Dajie
6532-0171

Republic of Sudan
1 Dong'erjie, Sanlitun
6532-3715/2205

 

Republic of Suriname
1-3-31 Jianguomenwai
Diplomatic Compound
6532-2939/2938

Republic of Tajikstan
9-1-101 Ta Yuan Diplomatic Compound
6532-2598

Republic of Togo
11 Dongzhimenwai Dajie
6532-2202/2444

Republic of Turkey
9 Dongwujie, Sanlitun
6532-2650/2871

Republic of Uganda
5 Sanlitun Dongjie
6532-1708

Republic of Uzbekistan
11 Beixiaojie Sanlitun
6532-6305

Republic of Venezuela
14 Sanlitun Lu
6532-1295/2694

Republic of Yemen
5 Dongsanjie, Sanlitun
6532-1558/3394

Republic of Zambia
5 Dongsijie, Sanlitun
6532-1554/1778

Republic of Zimbabwe
7 Dongsanjie, Sanlitun
6532-3795/3665

Romania
2 Ritan Lu, Dong'erjie
6532-3442

Russian Federation
4 Dongzhimennei Beizhongjie
Dongcheng District
6532-2051/1381