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All international travellers require visas.

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-term 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 Renminbi (RMB).

Credit cards are accepted in major hotels and 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)
0.14 Euro (EUR)
0.12 British Pound (GBP)
1.15 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
9.90 Indian Rupee (INR)
15.37 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.21 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.21 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.15 US Dollar (USD)


In compliance with regulations, with effect 1 May 2016, all room, food and beverage and hotel services will be subject to Value Added Tax at the prevailing rates. At the same time, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts will reduce service charge from 15% to 10%.


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

Office Hours
8.30am – 5.30pm

Shopping Hours
9am – 10pm

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 is generally informal in Hefei 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.


Hefei has a subtropical monsoon climate, with four distinct seasons. The average annual temperature is about 15.7 C (60.2 F), with a high of 38 C (100 F) in summer and a low of -21 C (69 F) in winter.


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Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 6.8 -0.5
Feb 8.7 1.2
Mar 13.5 5.6
Apr 20.7 11.9
May 25.9 17.1
Jun 29.0 21.4
Jul 32.0 24.8
Aug 31.9 24.2
Sep 27.3 19.3
Oct 22.1 13.3
Nov 15.6 6.7
Dec 9.7 1.3

7 million

Mandarin and English

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Metric System

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900