A visa to enter China is required; the following information is useful.
Applying for a Chinese visa:
Foreign travelers who want to apply for a China tourist visa can go to the Chinese Visa Application Service Center at http://www.visaforchina.org for visa information.
The visa application procedure is quite straightforward, and is as follows:
Step 1--Complete a visa application
Step 2--Submit the visa application together with any required supporting documentation
Step 3--Make the payment at the time of collecting the visa
1. Notes for Entry
Taiwan: Apply for Travel Pass for Taiwanese Residents to Entry or Leave the Mainland
-Submit the Application Form of Travel Pass for Taiwanese Residents to Entry or Leave the Mainland and Endorsement that was completed and attached with a recent hatless full-face color photograph (dimension: 33mm x 48mm);
-Submit one recent hatless full-face color photograph (dimension: 33mm x 48mm) of applicant;
-Hand over the Taiwanese identity certificate and exit-entry certificate of applicant for examination, and submit the photocopies;
-If needing to apply for an urgent certificate due to emergency, the applicant himself shall submit the written statement;
-Other evidentiary material concerned by the accepting institution shall be submitted.
Cost: valid for once: RMB50/ one certificate; valid for 5 years: RMB250/ one certificate
Travel Pass for Taiwanese Residents to Entry or Leave the Mainland: RMB240/one copy
Endorsement valid for once: RMB100/one endorsement
Renew endorsement: RMB50/one time
Urgent certificate: RMB120 (extra)/one copy
Urgent endorsement: RMB50 (extra)/one endorsement
Hong Kong & Macau: Apply for Travel Pass for Hong Kong & Macau Residents to Entry or Leave the Mainland.
Hong Kong resident can go to China Travel Service (Hong Kong) Limited in person to apply for it. The applicant needs to submit the application form, pure white-background color photograph, original copy and duplicate copy of Hong Kong identity documents. The person who holds the valid Travel Pass for Hong Kong & Macau Residents to Entry or Leave the Mainland (Home Return Card) and needs to renew the certificate can also choose to purchase a special delivery envelope at the office of China Travel Service (Hong Kong) Limited, enclose the application material and put it in the delivery box of certificate handling office. Macau resident needs to go to China Travel Service (Macau) Limited at Nanguang Building, Dr Rodrigo Rodrigues Avenue to apply for it.
Consulate Generals in Chengdu
Consulate General of the United States in ChengduAddress: 4 Lingshiguan Road, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in ChengduAddress: 25F, Western Tower, 19 Section 4, Renmin Nanlu, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province
Consulate General of France in ChengduAddress: 30F, Times Plaza, 2 Zongfu Road, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province
Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in ChengduAddress: 19F, Paradise Oasis Mansion, 2 Xianan Street, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province
Royal Thai Consulate General in ChengduAddress: 12F, Building C, Fund International Plaza, 6 Hangkong Road, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province
Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore in ChengduAddress: 31D, Guancheng Sqaure, 308 Shuncheng Street, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province
Tel: (028)8652 7222
Consulate-General of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in ChengduAddress: 8F, Western Tower, 19 Section 4, Renmin Nanlu, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province
Consulate Generals of the People’s Republic of China
Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in MelbourneAddress: 75-77 Irving Road，Toorak VIC 3142
Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in VancouverAddress: 3380 Granville Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6H 3K3
Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in FrankfurtAddress:Stresemannallee 19-23, 60596 Frankfurt am Main
Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Osaka住 所:大阪府大阪市西区靭本町3-9-2
Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Nagoya住 所:名古屋市東区東桜二丁目8番地37号 （〒461-0005）
Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in MumbaiAddress:11th Floor, Nariman Bhavan, 227，Backbay Reclamation, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021, India
CurrencyChinese currency, renminbi, is issued by the People’s Bank of China. Its basic unit is the yuan, with fractional currency units jiao and fen. One yuan is divided into 10 jiao, and 1 jiao into 10 fen. The denominations of paper notes include yuan, jiao, and fen, and there are also coins for yuan, jiao and fen. The yuan denominations include 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 yuan, with jiao including 5, 2 and 1 jiao, and fen covering 5, 2 and 1 fen. Renminbi is abbreviated to RMB and symbolized by ¥.
Foreign currency exchangeCurrencies that can be exchanged in China include the US dollar, Pound Sterling, Euro, Japanese yen, Australian dollar, Canadian dollar, Hong Kong dollar. Banks provide foreign currency exchange services.
According to the provisions of China’s prevailing foreign exchange management laws, within the territory of the People’s Republic of China, foreign currency circulation is prohibited, and transactions cannot be made in any foreign currency. In addition to foreign currency traveler’s checks and foreign credit card renminbi exchange, the Bank of China and other designated foreign exchange banks also provide 22 different foreign currency cash and new Taiwan dollar exchange. Additionally, in order to facilitate foreign exchange, as well as banks, some hotels, restaurants and shops are permitted to transact renmimbi exchange.
Deposits and withdrawalsBanks operate from 8:30 to 17:30 Monday through Friday. Additionally, ATMs are available at many places, such as banks, and major shopping streets and malls. Many foreign credit cards can be used in China, for example MasterCard, Visa, American Express, JCB, and Diners Club.
Tips and service chargesTipping for service is not common in China, even in restaurants and bars. However, if a tourist enjoys additional special service or wants to express gratitude, tips can be offered.
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Complaint Tel: 96927
Public holidays in 2014New Year's Day 1 January
Spring Festival 31 January - 6 February
Tomb-sweeping Day 5 April - 7 April
International Labour Day 1 May - 3 May
Dragon-Boat Festival 31 May - 2 June
Mid-Autumn Festival 6 September - 8 September
National Day 1 October - 7 October
Power socket: 220V, 50Hz AC in ChinCommunication: China’s country code is 86. Mobile phone communication, long-distance telephone calls, and international calls are usually timed. The mobile telephone network has nationwide coverage, but there may be limited coverage in some remote areas. Internet cafes, accommodation facilities and libraries generally have access to the Internet
Medical emergency telephone number: 120Time differences between various countries: click the link below to find out the current times of various countries