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Beijing is the striking city core of a country with one of the world's oldest civilizations. With a history spanning over three centuries, one can find in Beijing a wealth of renowned ancient and cultural sites.

In the past 20 years, Beijing, the capital of the People's Republic of China, has developed into a modern metropolis and is the nation's political, economic and cultural centre.

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
0.19 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.13 Euro (EUR)
0.1 British Pound (GBP)
1.26 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
10.04 Indian Rupee (INR)
19.20 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.21 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.21 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, Monday through Friday.
Some banks are open from 10.30am to 4pm.

Office Hours
8 / 9am - 5 / 6pm, Monday through Friday.

Shopping Hours
8/ 9am - 9pm or later throughout the week.
Department stores and shopping malls usually open at 10am and close at 9pm.


Public Health

Visitors entering China are required to complete a health declaration form. Check with your local doctor or health care professional about vaccination requirements before you plan your trip.


Dress

Dress is generally informal in Beijing except on social, diplomatic or government occasions when a suit and tie is appropriate.

Winter requires heavy clothing, including coats, hats, and gloves as temperatures can drop to well below freezing with strong winds. Light clothing is appropriate for the spring and summer months.


Weather

Beijing has a climate ranging from very warm during the summer, 28°C to 38°C (82°F to 93°F), to extremely cold during the winter, – 10°C to 10°C (14°F to 50°F).

Today

Intermittent Clouds

Decreasing clouds and cooler

High: 10°C / 50°F
Low: -1°C / 31°F

Tomorrow

Intermittent Clouds

Clouds and sun

High: 12°C / 53°F
Low: -3°C / 27°F
Wednesday:
Intermittent Clouds High: 10°C / 50°F Low: -1°C / 31°F
Thursday:
Mostly Cloudy High: 10°C / 50°F Low: 0°C / 32°F
Friday:
Rain High: 6°C / 42°F Low: -3°C / 27°F
Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 1.6ºC -9.4ºC
Feb 4ºC -6.9ºC
Mar 11.3ºC -0.6ºC
Apr 19.9ºC 7.2ºC
May 26.4ºC 13.2ºC
Jun 30.3ºC 18.2ºC
Jul 30.8ºC 21.6ºC
Aug 29.5ºC 20.4ºC
Sep 25.8ºC 14.2ºC
Oct 19ºC 7.3ºC
Nov 10.1ºC -0.4ºC
Dec 3.3ºC -6.9ºC
Facts

Population
17 million

Language
Mandarin Chinese

Time Zone
GMT +8 hours

Measures
Metric System

Voltage
220 volts

Plug Type
 

Mobile Phones
GSM 900/1800/1900