Business Travel in China
- Passport and Visa Service
Visit the official site of the Government of China for conditions of entering the country and for obtaining a Visa.
- Diplomatic Representations
Visit the Government of China website to find out the addresses of Consulates or Embassies of the People's Republic of China abroad.
Organizing Your Trip
Means of Transport Recommended in Town
- Moving about in the city is mostly by taxis; there are a lot of them (60,000 in Beijing) and they are quite inexpensive. The size of the cities makes walking around difficult. The cities are very congested, so it is better to plan and leave early for an appointment. Beijing has 5 metro lines while Shanghai has 9 of them. Magnetic charge cards for the metro are very useful since they can be used to pay taxis also. They can be charged at all the metro station ticket counters and at the local grocery stores. Buses are plenty and cheap, but uncomfortable since they are often jam-packed.
Very important: Keep addresses of places where you want to go written in Chinese since the pronunciation does not often correspond to the transcription in Pinyin.
- Maps of Urban Networks
University of Texas Library on line
Transportation From Airport to City Centre:
|Shanghai-Honggiao (SHA)||16 km / 10 miles||CNY 60-100/25-40 min||CNY 3 / 35-40 min||-||Available|
|Beijing-Capital (PEK)||28 km / 17 miles||CNY 135 / 30-40 min||CNY 16 / 45 min||-||Available|
Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country
- Bus: is the primary means of transport between cities.
Train: Generally in good condition although links are usually slow (for example: Canton-Beijing: 36 hours)
Airplane: Domestic companies have a low rate of accidents. The schedules are generally adhered to although the airports have reached their saturation levels.
- Rail Companies
Ministry of Railways (website in Chinese)
|Name||Type||Domestic Flights||International Flights|
|China Southern Airlines||Major||Yes||Yes|
|Jetstar/Jetstar Asia/Valuair||low cost||No||Yes|
|China Eastern Airlines||Major||Yes||Yes|
|Spring Airlines||low cost||Yes||No|
You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Traveling By Yourself
- The state of the road network, which is rapidly developing, is overall satisfactory on the major roads although they are poorly marked. Driving in China is risky. It is better to rent a car with a driver or to hire a driver if you buy a car.
- Find an Itinerary
Different Forms of Tourism
- Modern China has not quite obliterated ancient China as yet but ancient China is only surviving with difficulty.
- Museums, temples, etc.
- In the west, Sichuan, Yunnan, Tibet, Xinjiang, large stretches of land
- Several Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian temples .
- No spas in the European sense
- The Hainan island, Sanya, the city of Qingdao in the Shandong province.
- Winter Sports
- Not well developed.
- Outdoor Activities
- Big department stores and shopping malls are being built all over the country. Western brands are established in the main Chinese cities. Markets such as Xiushui street and the antique market Panjiayuan in Beijing are good places to buy souvenirs.
|Top Highlights of the Country|
|Beijing's Forbidden City|
|The Bund in Shanghai|
Health and Safety
- Health Precautions
- There is no mandatory vaccination but vaccinations against tetanus, diphtheria, typhoid fever, hepatitis A and B, meningococcal disease and poliomyelitis are strongly recommended. In Yunnan and the island of Hainan, as well as in the provinces of Guangxi and Guizhou, vaccination against Japanese encephalitis is advised if you are staying in the countryside.
- International Hospitals
- In big Chinese cities, there are well-equipped international hospitals with adequate medical standards; the doctors are foreigners and Chinese and speak English.
However, in case of serious problems, you are recommended to avoid hospitals in China and get shifted to Hong Kong or Thailand (Bangkok).
- For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Ministry of Health, People's Republic of China
World Health Organization
- For Further Information on Safety Conditions
Travel advice is provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada.
|Ambulance||120 (or 999 in some places)|
Time Difference and Climate
- Time and Time Difference
- It is %T:%M %A In Beijing (GMT+8. Officially, a single time, Beijing time for the entire country. However, in the Xinjiang province, there is a lag of two hours with respect to Beijing time (usage). )
- Summer Time Period
- No time change in China.
Map of the Time Zone
Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall
- Food Specialties
- Chinese cuisine is one of the richest and most refined cuisines in the world. There are four regional varieties:
- Beijing and Shandong cuisine gives a lot of importance to steamed noodles and the specialties are Peking duck and Beggar's chicken (wrapped in lotus leaves and cooked over the embers for a whole day);
- Cantonese and Chaozhou cuisine is the most famous Chinese cuisine abroad. It.favors steam cooking, boiled or sautéed preparations and among its specialties are the dim-sum (small, steamed or fried dishes), snake soup, dog, rat or owl stew;
- Eastern Chinese cuisine specializes in spare ribs, seafood and soups;
- The Sichuan cuisine is said to have 4,000 dishes, among which gonbao jiding (chicken fried with peanuts and chilli peppers), mapo doufu (pork with tofu and onions), guoba roupian (puffed rice served with pork in its gravy).
Shanghai cuisine in which the cuisines of North and South China meet, is quite sweet. The most popular dishes are xiaolongbao.
- Beer (
píjiÇ”) is very common in China and is served everywhere. The most popular label is Tsingtao. Chinese beers are light and generally have an alcohol content of 3%-4%. Their price is from 2.5 to 4 CNY in stores, 6 CNY to 20 CNY in restaurants, about 20 CNY in a regular bar and 30 CNY to 60 CNY in the trendiest bars.
Red wine is common and reasonably priced at 15 CNY in stores and about 100-150 CNY in trendy bars. Great Wall, Chang Yu and Dynasty are the major labels with wines at different prices.
BáijiÇ” , The Chinese people often translate baijiu (Lit. "white alcohol") as "white wine", but this sorghum spirit has 40-60% alcohol.
- Dietary Restrictions
- Culinary restrictions vary from one religion to another.
- Domestic Currency
- Chinese Yuan (Renminbi)
- ISO Code
- To Obtain Domestic Currency
- You cannot buy Yuan/Renmingbi outside China. The best method is to withdraw cash with an international card at the local ATMs.
- Possible Means of Payment
- American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard/MasterCard and Visa in the authorized establishments in the main cities. The availability of ATMs is often limited.
- Official Language
- In China, the national language is Mandarin. However, it is to be noted that there are many different dialects and variants of it.
- Other Languages Spoken
- There are more than a hundred dialects. You can differentiate Mandarin in the north and Cantonese in the south of the country. The official language coexists with the other languages of the autonomous regions (Mongolian, Uyghur, Korean, Tibetan...).
- Business Language
- When the foreigners do not speak Chinese, business discussions are generally held in English. The Chinese do not speak English as well as they read or write it.
- Free Translation Tools
China Information : Chinese-French Dictionary
Babel Fish Translation : Text Translation
- To Find an Accommodation
3 star hotels
- To Find an Apartment
Private rentals announcements online
- To Find a Job
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