China Practical Information

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Currency

The official currency in China is formally called yuan, or Renminbi or kuai. The denotation of notes are ¥100, ¥50, ¥20, ¥10, ¥5 and ¥1. One yuan can breaks down into ten jiao or ten mao.

Pound Sterling, US Dollars, Euro and other major currencies can be easily converted into Chinese Yuan locally.

Telephone

Most international mobile phones can work in China but you are likely to pay high "roaming" charges. So buying a SIM Card from China Mobile Shop to use is the best choice. Basically, a local call is round CNY 0.2 per minute and a long distance call is about CNY 0.3 per minute.

Internet

There are internet bars with high-speed connections in China from big cities to rural villages. They are almost open 24 hours and cost ¥2–5 per hour. Technically, you are required to show your passport to get access to the computer. Besides, almost large hotels and big malls offer free Wi-Fi access.

Business hours

China’s business hours are usually 8 hours per day from Monday to Friday. The working hours of Chinese companies may be from 08:00 to 17:00, 08:30 to 17:30 or 09:00 to 18:00. The official organizations like the government offices usually work from 09:00 to 17:00. Hospitals, post offices, banks and scenic sights are always open daily from 08:30-09:30 to 16:00-18:00, but the hospital clinics and its first-aid center are usually served for 24 hours.

Health

It is suggested to consult your doctor for your healthy conditions. If you are taking prescription medicine, pack sufficient quantity for the duration of the trip. Aspirin, over-the-counter medicine for flu, indigestion, motion sickness and other common medicines are suggested to take.

The medical facilities in China’s hospital,especially in big cities, are advanced and can treat you well. If you feel ill, you can go to big hospital to seek help.

Travel with insurance covering medical care is a must.

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