Quick Facts

Get up to speed about the region

Baotou has six districts, two banners and one county. The city's resident population measures just over 2.43 million, and covers an area of 27,691 square kilometres.

Baotou won a UN-Habitat Award in 2002, and is home to more than 30 urban parks and plazas covering 133 hectares.

Visas

All international travellers require visas although Brunei, Japan, and Singapore passport holders are able to enjoy visa-free access to China for up to 15 days.

Standard 30-day, single-entry visas can be issued in three to five working days from most Chinese embassies, and must be used within three months of the date of issue. Longer visas are often more difficult to obtain.

For further details, consult with your travel agent, China International Travel Service, China Travel Service, or any Chinese embassy or consulate.

View visa requirements from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China


Currency

The Chinese currency is known as renminbi (RMB). Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as shopping malls.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

RMB 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.17 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.12 Euro (EUR)
0.10 British Pound (GBP)
1.25 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
9.77 Indian Rupee (INR)
16.58 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.19 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.20 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.16 US Dollar (USD)

Taxes

A 15% surcharge including government tax is applicable in most hotels and some private restaurants.


Tipping

Many mid-range and top-end restaurants include their own service charge that varies between establishments.

Officially, tipping is considered inappropriate and is discouraged.


Business Hours

Bank Hours
9am - 5.30pm

Office Hours
8.30am - 12noon
1pm - 5.30pm

Shop Hours
Summer: 9am - 8.30pm
Winter: 9am - 7.30pm


Public Health

Make sure that all your food is well cooked and consume only bottled mineral water.


Dress

Lightweight clothing is suitable for the warmer months, but you may want to pack warmer clothing if you are visiting the highland areas.

A shirt and tie is normal office attire and can be worn for both business and social functions.


Weather

Located in the south of the Mongolian Plateau with an average altitude of 1,000 metres, Baotou has a semi-arid continental climate. Highest temperatures average 21°C and lowest temperatures average -12°C.

Today

Mostly Sunny

Sunny to partly cloudy and mild

High: 18°C / 64°F
Low: 4°C / 39°F

Tomorrow

Cloudy

Warm with considerable cloudiness

High: 22°C / 71°F
Low: 7°C / 44°F
Wednesday:
Mostly Cloudy High: 25°C / 77°F Low: 7°C / 44°F
Thursday:
Mostly Cloudy with Showers High: 16°C / 60°F Low: 1°C / 33°F
Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan -6ºC -20ºC
Feb -2ºC -16ºC
Mar 6ºC -7ºC
Apr 15ºC 0ºC
May 22ºC 6ºC
Jun 26ºC 12ºC
Jul 27ºC 15ºC
Aug 28ºC 13ºC
Sep 20ºC 7ºC
Oct 13ºC -1ºC
Nov 3ºC -9ºC
Dec -5ºC -17ºC
Facts

Population
2.43 million

Language
Mandarin

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Measures
Metric System

Voltage
220 volts

Plug Type
 

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900