About Beijing

About Beijing

Beijing, the capital of China, offers the most modern architecture, infrastructure and technology alongside the historic and traditional aspects that make it an extraordinary city to experience. Visiting this fabulous city offers a taste of the cultural, economic success seen by the world during the remarkable and unforgettable Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. From the world famous Olympic 'Bird’s Nest' stadium (China National Stadium) to the 'Forbidden City', Beijing has a wealth of treasures for you to discover.  

Electricity

The electricity supply in China is 220V 50Hz. Most, but not all, sockets will accept both European and US style plugs. Please check the power supply before use.     

Currency

The Chinese currency is known as Renminbi (RMB). The official basic unit is the "yuan". You could have the exhcange rate for reference: 
http://www.boc.cn/sourcedb/whpj/enindex.html

Water

Although it is heard that tap water in Beijing is drinkable, most of residents still drink bottled water or boiled water.

Weather

Beijing has four distinct seasons. The average temperature in April is approximately 15 degrees Celsius.

Tipping

Tipping is not customary in China. Sometimes, the luxury hotels and expensive restaurants may add a service charge for 15%. Thus, you do not necessarily have to prepare for extra charges since it will be included in the bill.

Taxis

Taxis in Beijing may be picked up at taxi stand, or flagged down in the street. Always check that the meters is running. taxis must usually be paid by cash.

Liability and Insurance

All participants are strongly recommended to arrange for medical and travel insurance for the duration of their stay in China. The Organizing Committe will take no liability for sickness, personal injuries sustained, or for loss or damage to property belonging to congress participants(or their accompanying persons), either during or as a result of congress.

Emergency

Dial 120 for medical assistance, 119 for the fire department, and 110 for the police.

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