Visitor Facts

Tap water at all hotels in China is not drinkable. Drink bottled water or boiled water.

Time Difference
China has only one time zone, the standard time is BEIJING TIME, which is 8 hours earlier than G.M.T. The daylight saving time is not in use in China.

Visa is a must for travelers to China. Please contact the Chinese embassy in your country.

The Chinese currency is called Renminbi or RMB. Many hotels and stores accept major credit cards. Presently, the following credit cards can be used in China: Master Card, Visa Card, American Express, JCB, Diners Card. Holders of these cards can draw cash from certain ATM machines of the Bank of China.

The electricity used in China is 220 volt AC. Many hotel wash rooms have transformer plugs for electric shavers and hair dryers.

It is now a practice for visitors to tip the tour guide and driver, hotel bellboy. But it's not customary to tip taxi drivers or local restaurants servers as the bill usually includes a service charge.

In towns and cities, IDD (International Direct Dial) service is provided at most hotels and post offices. Phone cards are usually available in hotels or at most newsstands in major cities.

Office Hours
In China, office hours are usually from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Major shopping malls are open from 8: 30 A.M. or 9:00 A.M. and close at 9:00 P.M, and some even are open until 10:00 P.M.

China is one of the most traveler-friendly and safe countries in the world, travelers should still be conscious of pick pocketing and bag snatching.