Quick Facts

Important facts about the region

Beijing is the striking metropolitan core of a country with one of the world's oldest civilizations. Beijing has a history of over 3,000 years, with countless renowned historical, 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 the nation's political, economic, trade, educational 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 unit of money in China 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
0.18 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.13 Euro (EUR)
0.1 British Pound (GBP)
1.26 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
9.90 Indian Rupee (INR)
17.74 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.2 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.16 US Dollar (USD)

Taxes

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


Tipping

Many mid-range and top-end restaurants generally include their own service charge which 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
Hours vary between different industries.

Shopping Hours
8 / 9am – 9pm or later throughout the week


Public Health

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

Kerry Hotel, Beijing, recommends you drink only boiled or bottled water during your stay in Beijing. Complimentary bottled drinking water is available in every room.


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 weather 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

Mostly Cloudy

Rather cloudy

High: 27°C / 80°F
Low: 16°C / 60°F

Tomorrow

Partly Sunny

Pleasant with sun and some clouds

High: 27°C / 80°F
Low: 17°C / 62°F
Tuesday:
Cloudy High: 26°C / 78°F Low: 18°C / 64°F
Wednesday:
Showers High: 21°C / 69°F Low: 15°C / 59°F
Thursday:
Sunny High: 24°C / 75°F Low: 16°C / 60°F
Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 2ºC -8ºC
Feb 5ºC -5ºC
Mar 12ºC 1ºC
Apr 20ºC 9ºC
May 26ºC 14ºC
Jun 30ºC 20ºC
Jul 31ºC 22ºC
Aug 30ºC 21ºC
Sep 26ºC 16ºC
Oct 19ºC 8ºC
Nov 10ºC 0ºC
Dec 4ºC -5ºC

Facts

Population
17 million

Language
Mandarin

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Measures
Metric System

Voltage
220 volts

Plug Type
  

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900