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Quick Facts

Get up to speed about the region

Tangshan is named after Dacheng Mountain, which is also known as Tang Mountain, and has a heritage of 4,000 years. The mountain was named by Emperor Li Shimin of the Tang Dynasty, who stationed troops there twice. After being rebuilt following a devastating earthquake in 1976, modern Tangshan is set to enjoy a bright future as well as its glorious past.

Visas

All international travellers require a visa except for citizens of the following countries:
Brunei, Japan and Singapore passport holders can enjoy visa-free access for 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 from the date of issue. Longer-stay 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) and is available in 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 denomination banknotes.

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
0.2 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.13 Euro (EUR)
0.12 British Pound (GBP)
1.16 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
9.99 Indian Rupee (INR)
15.06 Japanese Yen (JPY)
165.27 South Korean Won (KRW)
0.21 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.2 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.15 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 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
9am - 5.30pm (Monday to Friday)

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

Shopping Hours
Department stores and shopping malls usually open at 10am and close at 9pm.


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 when planning your trip.


Dress

Dress is generally informal in Tangshan. For gentlemen, it is appropriate to wear a suit and tie on social, diplomatic or government occasions.

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 spring and summer months.


Weather

Tangshan has four distinct seasons: Dry and windy spring; hot and humid summer; cool and pleasant autumn; cold and dry winter.

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Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 0.9 -10.2
Feb 4.1 -7
Mar 10.7 -0.8
Apr 19.6 7.1
May 25.2 13.0
Jun 29.1 18.2
Jul 30.2 21.7
Aug 29.4 20.5
Sep 25.9 14.6
Oct 19.1 7.5
Nov 9.8 -0.7
Dec 3.0 -7
Facts

Population
7.7 million

Language
Mandarin

Time Zone
GMT +8 hours

Measures
Metric system

Voltage
220 volts

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Mobile Phones
GSM900/ 1800/ 1900