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.
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.
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
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.
A 15% surcharge, inclusive of government tax,
is applicable in most hotels and some private restaurants.
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.
Bank Hours9am – 5.30pm, Monday through FridaySome banks are open from 10.30am to 4pm.
Office Hours8 / 9am – 5 / 6pm, Monday through FridayHours vary between different industries.
Shopping Hours8 / 9am – 9pm or later throughout the week
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 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.
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).
Periods of clouds and sunshine
Mostly cloudy, rain beginning; breezy
Time ZoneGMT + 8 hours
Mobile PhonesGSM 900 / 1800 / 1900
No 1 Guanghua Road, Beijing, 100020, China
T: (86 10) 6561 8833
F: (86 10) 6561 2626
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