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Quick Facts

Get up to speed about the region

Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu province in eastern China and has a prominent place in Chinese history and culture, as one of the nation’s seven ancient capital cities.

 Located in the lower Yangtze River drainage basin and Yangtze River Delta economic zone, Nanjing has long been one of China's most important cities. It is recognized as one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. It was the capital of Wu during the Three Kingdoms Period and the capital of the Republic of China prior to the Chinese Civil War.

Nanjing is also one of fifteen sub-provincial cities in the People's Republic of China's administrative structure, which enjoy special jurisdictional and economic autonomy.

Visas

All international travellers require visas to enter China, although Brunei and Singapore passport holders can enjoy visa-free access for up to 15 days.

Standard 30-day, single entry visas can be issued in three to five working days at 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, please consult with your travel agent, China International Travel Service, China Travel Service, or any Chinese embassy or consulate.

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 and shopping malls.

Cash and travellers cheques can be exchanged in licensed exchange offices and international hotels.

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)
0.11 British Pound (GBP)
1.10 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
9.60 Indian Rupee (INR)
16.11 Japanese Yen (JPY)
165.66 South Korean Won (KRW)
0.2 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.2 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.14 US Dollar (USD)

Taxes

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%.


Tipping

Many top-end and mid-range restaurants include their own service charge, which varies between establishments. Officially, tipping is considered inappropriate and is discouraged.


Business Hours

Bank Hours
8.30am to 5.30pm (Monday to Saturday)

Office Hours
8.30am to 5.30pm (Monday to Friday)

Shopping Hours
9.30am to 10pm, 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 while planning your trip.

The hotel recommends that you drink only boiled or bottled water during your stay in Nanjing. Complimentary bottled drinking water is available in every room and is replenished daily.  


Dress

Dress is generally informal, but a suit (and tie) is appropriate for social, diplomatic or government events.

Lightweight clothing is sufficient for the spring and summer months. A sweater or pullover is recommended during autumn, while winter requires heavy clothing, including coats, hats and gloves.  


Weather

Nanjing has a humid subtropical climate, which is influenced by the East Asian monsoon. The four seasons are distinct here, with damp conditions throughout the year, very hot summers and cold winters. The period from mid-June to the end of July is the plum blossom season, during which the meiyu (mild, consistent rain) occurs. Typhoons are uncommon but possible in late summer and early autumn.

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Month High Low
Jan 7ºC -1ºC
Feb 10ºC 1ºC
Mar 15ºC 5ºC
Apr 21ºC 10ºC
May 26ºC 16ºC
Jun 29ºC 21ºC
Jul 33ºC 25ºC
Aug 32ºC 24ºC
Sep 28ºC 19ºC
Oct 23ºC 13ºC
Nov 16ºC 6ºC
Dec 10ºC 1ºC
Facts

Population
10 million

Language
Mandarin and English

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Measures
Metric System

Voltage
220 volts

Plug Type
 

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900