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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.


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 majority of the 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 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
0.21 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.14 Euro (EUR)
0.12 British Pound (GBP)
1.16 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
11.40 Indian Rupee (INR)
19.05 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.23 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.2 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.15 US Dollar (USD)


All hotel services (such as accommodation, food and beverage, spa etc.) and their related service charge will be subject to tax at the prevailing rates.


Many mid-range and high-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. Bottled drinking water is available in every room.


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.


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.


4.6 million

Mandarin, Changzhou Dialect

Time Zone
GMT +8 hours

Metric System

220 volts

Plug Type

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900