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Advantageously positioned between Shanghai and Nanjing, Changzhou serves as an inland port. As one of the key developing cities along the Yangtze Delta, Changzhou occupies an important role as the industrial centre for textiles, food processing, engineering and high technology.

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)
10.07 Indian Rupee (INR)
19.18 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 generally include their own service charge which varies between establishments.

Officially, tipping is considered inappropriate and is discouraged.


Business Hours

Bank Hours
8:30am - 5:30pm, Monday through Friday

Office Hours
8:30am - 5:30pm, Monday through Friday

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 or health care professional about vaccination requirements before you plan your trip.

Shangri-La Hotel, Changzhou, recommends you drink only boiled or bottled water. Complimentary bottled drinking water is available in every room.


Dress

Dress is generally informal in Changzhou except on social, diplomatic or government occasions when formal attire (suit and tie) is appropriate.

Winter requires heavy clothing, including coats, hats and gloves as temperatures can drop to well below 0°C with strong winds. Light clothing is sufficient for spring and summer months.


Weather

Changzhou sees temperate climate conditions with four distinct seasons. Mid-winter temperatures can drop to well below freezing levels.

April to mid-May is probably one of the best times to visit Changzhou, along with autumn (late September to mid-November. Expect hot and humid summers (July and August) with temperatures as high as 40°C.

Today

Cloudy

Dull and dreary

High: 15°C / 59°F
Low: 10°C / 50°F

Tomorrow

Showers

Cloudy and mild; afternoon showers

High: 16°C / 60°F
Low: 11°C / 51°F
Sunday:
Cloudy High: 15°C / 59°F Low: 4°C / 39°F
Monday:
Mostly Cloudy High: 11°C / 51°F Low: -2°C / 29°F
Facts

Population
4.6 million

Language
Mandarin, Changzhou Dialect

Time Zone
GMT +8 hours

Measures
Metric System

Voltage
220 volts

Plug Type
      

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900