Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development

 

Useful information

1487214254

Money and Costs

The currency in China is known as the renminbi or yuan. It is not a freely convertible currency, but its value has been allowed to rise and fall within a wider range in recent years, with an official exchange rate of 6.78 yuan for $1 on July 21, 2010, compared with 6.81 yuan for $1 on September 15, 2009. Costs vary, with plenty of opportunity for extravagance or prudence depending on your budget. A hotel can cost $300 per day or more, while you could stay in a hostel for about $6 a night for a basic single. Meals can easily cost $50 or more in an expensive restaurant or $3 for something equally delicious on the street. Taxis are – relatively - inexpensive: you can ride right across the city's urban area for about 50 yuan ($7). A growing number of international ATMs can be found around the city. Most internationally recognized credit and debit cards can draw money from machines with the appropriate logo. Visa, MasterCard and other major credit cards are increasingly accepted in big department stores, hotels, shopping centers and up-scale restaurants - but keep some cash handy just in case.

Photography

Photography is very popular in Beijing, and it is quite convenient to buy photographic accessories such as digital cameras, memory cards and accessories or to get film (black/white, color negatives/slides) processed at stores operated by chain stores such as Kodak, Konica, Fuji and Jinglida. Negative/slide scanning services are also available to print directly from your digital camera or media device. And you can easily get enlargements made. There are also professional photo labs that can handle prints, slides or high-quality digital imaging. The average price for ordinary film development is 0.6 yuan, and 1 yuan for a digital photo.

Office Hours

Offices of government organizations offer services from 8 am to 5 pm, or from 9 am to 6 pm. Shopping malls and supermarkets usually open from 8:30 am to 9 pm, but some open later – and also don’t close until about 10pm.

Electric Current

China uses a 220-volt power supply for standard domestic and business purposes. Hotels generally have wall sockets in every room, accommodating both "straight two-pin" and "triangular three-pin" Chinese plugs. Inexpensive adapters and power transformers can be found in almost any electrical store.

Useful Numbers and Websites

Police: 110

Ambulance: 120 and 999

Fire: 119

Traffic accidents: 122

Weather forecast: 12121

Directory Inquiries: 114

Tourist Information: 12301

EMS: 11185

Belling Consumer Association Complaint Number: 96315

General, Directories and Classifieds:

http://www.btmbeijing.com

http://www.thebeijinger.com

http://www.timeout.com/cn/en/beijing

Books and Literary Events:

http://www.beijingbookworm.com

Travel (Flights, Hotels, and Car Reservations):

http://www.elong.net http://english.ctrip.com

Tickets (Events):http://en.piaowutong.com

china daily


Scenery of cloud-shrouded Taihang Mountain in N China's Hebei

Scenery of cloud-shrouded Taihang Mountain in N China's Hebei

Photo taken on July 22, 2017 shows Taihang Mountain shrouded in clouds in Luluo Township, Xingtai City of north China's Hebei Province. [more]

Free courses attract kids during summer vacation in N China's Hebei

Free courses attract kids during summer vacation in N China's Hebei

The Experimental Primary School of Dongliushangu Village founded a children's palace during summer vacation, which offers courses for free, like dancing, painting, calligraphy, and has attracted more than 200 kids. [more]

24 Solar Terms: 7 things you may not know about Major Heat

24 Solar Terms: 7 things you may not know about Major Heat

The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Major Heat, (Chinese: 大暑), the 12th solar term of the year, begins this year on July 22 and ends August 6. [more]

Beijing Tourism WeChat

Scan the QR Code to Follow

About us|Contact us

Copyright @ 2002-2017 www.visitbeijing.com.cn, All Rights Reserved