General Information

Time Zone
Beijing is 8 hours ahead of GMT(Greenwich Mean Time).

Credit Card
Most international credit cards are accepted at most hotels, department stores, restaurants, and shops.

Currency and Exchange
The currency in the People's Republic of China is Renminbi (RMB). The exchange rate is subject to market fluctuations. A rough estimate of the exchanged rate is 6.3 RMB to 1 US dollar (April, 2012).
For Exchange Rate Information, please click here

Weather in Beijing
Beijing's climate is defined as "continental monsoon." The four seasons are distinctly recognizable. August is a hot season in Beijing. Average high temperature is 29.4°C, average low temperature is 20.2°C, and average number of days with rain is 13.2.
For the latest weather information, please consult here

Electricity and socket/Outlet
Most of the hotels in China have both 110V and 220V electrical outlets in the bathrooms, though in the guest room, only 220V sockets are available.Outlets in China generally accept 2 types of plug:
                                  Flat blade plug                                                         V-shaped flat prongs
If your appliances plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter.

Useful Telephone Numbers
China Country code: 86
Beijing Area code: 10
Police: 110
Fire Service: 119
Ambulance-Emergencies: 120






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