CHENGDU INFOCOMM CHINA 20194-6 September 2019.
Chengdu Century City-New International Exhibition & Convention Center
Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
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According to the Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People's Republic of China, foreign tourists must apply for visas at the offices of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), consulates or other organisations authorised by MFA.
China has a continental climate. Its latitudes span nearly 50 degrees, putting its southern parts in tropical and subtropical zones, and its northern parts near frigid zones.
Chengdu is in Western China. Weather-wise, September, marking the start of autumn, is one of the most pleasant months to visit. Temperatures are cool and comfortable, ranging between 19 to 25 degrees Celcius, with low humidity and the occasional shower. Temperatures start to drop from late September.
There are five time zones in People's Republic of China. Beijing Standard Time, which also applies in Chengdu, is recognised as the official time zone. It is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and 16 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (15 hours ahead during daylight saving time). Do check the World Clock for the current regional time.
Standards of hygiene vary from place to place in China, so you should note potential hazards and act cautiously. Within Chengdu, medical facilities are modern and widely available, with no shortage of qualified medical professionals. Tap water is not safe; all water, except bottled mineral water, must be boiled or filtered before consumption. Boiled water is available at all hotels and restaurants. Although food is freshly prepared and thoroughly cooked, stomach upsets are possible, so bring some medicine with you.
Ailments such as sore throats and chest colds are also common and can occur any time of the year, considering China's climatic extremes. No vaccinations are required to enter China. However, tetanus, typhoid, rabies and hepatitis vaccinations are recommended. Check with your doctor for current medical advisory. It is recommended that you get accident and medical insurance coverage before departing for China.
China is a relatively safe country. Travellers should still beware of pick-pockets and bag-snatchers.
Despite being a vast country, the Chinese is a united race. They share the same Mandarin language amid different dialects, an almost homogenous cuisine and variations of the same philosophies.
Mandarin is commonly used in modern China. It is one of the five working languages of the United Nations. As a written language, it has been in use for 6,000 years. Majority of the 55 ethnic groups in China have their own languages. Dialects are also very common in the country.
China's history dates back over 5,000 years. This makes it one of the richest and most diverse heritages not just in the Orient but also in the world. The culture-rich nation is also a cultured one. Philosophical, academic, artistic, scientific, craftsmanship and political excellence characterise its cultural disciplines of Chinese Arts and Crafts (which includes the art of calligraphy), Architecture, Music and Dance, Fashion, Cuisine, Religion, Customs and Traditions, and Etiquette. It is from this nation that the world tasted the exotic flavours of Chinese cuisine, discovered rare and coveted Chinese ceramic wares, and witnessed the rise of philosophies like Confucianism and Taoism.
Chengdu is unique from other Chinese cities in that it has a reputation as a city which emphasizes culture and relaxation. This, with its abundance of green spaces, makes Chengdu one of the most liveable mega-cities in China.
The Chinese enjoy drinking Chinese liquor, and drinking is a key activity during Chinese social events. Some Chinese consider liquor to be an essential like rice, salt and oil.
Typical operating hours of establishments in China are as follows:
Banks: Monday – Friday, 0800 hours – 1700 hours
Shops: Monday – Sunday, 0900 hours – 1900 hours
Chinese currency is called renminbi (RMB), which means "People's Currency". The popular unit of RMB is yuan. One yuan equals 10 jiao, and 1 jiao equals 10 fen. There are parts of China where the yuan and jiao are also known respectively as kuai and mao. Chinese currency is issued in the following denominations: one, two, five, ten, fifty and a hundred yuan; one, two and five jiao; and one, two and five fen.
The Chinese are not big on credit cards. That is because they do not like to be in debt, even if it is short-term. While the use of credit cards is gaining popularity among young people, the adoption rate remains low compared to the West. Foreign plastic is therefore of limited use, so always carry enough cash.
Where accepted, credit cards useable in China include Visa, MasterCard, AmEx and JCB. They offer a slightly better exchange rate than banks. You should be able to use credit cards at upmarket hotels and restaurants, supermarkets and departmental stores. You cannot use a credit card to buy train tickets, but the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) offices readily accept international Visa cards for air ticket purchase. Certain credit cards offer insurance and other benefits relevant to your travel.
Money can also be withdrawn at certain ATMs in large cities using credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and Amex. Cash advances have become fairly common at head branches of the Bank of China, even in places as remote as Lhasa. A 4% commission charge applies, except on AmEx cards.
It is a common practice for visitors to tip hotel bellboys, tour guides and drivers in recognition of their good service. It is not customary to leave tips at hotels or local restaurant as the bills usually include a 10-15% service charge.
Except for military installations, you can photograph almost anything in China. It is, however, advisable to ask for permission before taking photographs of your subjects. Bring your own supply of batteries, flashbulbs, films, storage cards, etc.
Electrical plugs and wall outlets come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Electrical current in China is rated at 220V, 50 cycles AC. Bring along adapters and converters. Alternatively, you can borrow them from your hotel housekeeping. Hair dryers and irons are also readily available from hotel housekeeping services.
The four pillars of communication in China are Radio, Television, Telephone and Internet facilities, and the Press. In recent years, China has spread its wings as far as broadcast distribution goes, but editorial content is controlled by the government and follows stringent editorial policies.
Chinese Central TV (CCTV) is the state-owned national television while China National Radio and China Radio International are state-owned radio broadcasters. China Daily is the most important English newspaper while People's Daily and Worker's Daily are considered national dailies.
Internet is accessible in major cities. It is advisable not to visit any religious sites or any blogs as they belong to the "No Entry" category. For telephone and mobile connections, refer to the section on Communications.
Telephone booths are mostly used for national calls. In towns and cities, IDD service is available at all hotels and post offices. Phone cards can be purchased at post offices and newsstands in major cities. Mobile phone users can make arrangements for roaming service.
The cheapest rate for national calls is between 2100 hours and 0700 hours. IDD rate is calculated either by the minute or by every six seconds.
Should you require assistance while in China, here are some useful numbers to take note of:
This 16-storey Beijing hotel offers a variety of accommodations.
Dining experiences here range from the contemporary pan-Chinese cuisine of Di Restaurant, the Italian and Continental specialties of Italian Trattoria and the casual but elegant fare of Cafe O2.
Business travelers will appreciate a range of efficient services on hand in the business center.
When it comes to rest, relaxation or a good workout, the Beijing Beichen provides state-of-the-art fitness and spa facilities as well an indoor pool.
The Celebrity International Grand Hotel is a 5-star business hotel with 332 rooms and suites, three restaurants, lobby lounge and bar, executive lounge, KTV Club as well as a health and recreation centre. It also has a large, well-equipped banquet hall suitable for meetings and events.
The hotel is located in Asian Games Village, the new and fast-developing Economic Zone in Beijing. It is just a 5-minute drive away from the Olympic National Stadium, Aquatic Centre, China National Convention Centre and Beijing International Convention Centre. It is just 30 minutes from the Capital International Airport and 40 minutes from the world-famous Badaling Great Wall.
Nearby, you can find the Yan Huang Art Museum, North Star Shopping Centre and the Sunshine Plaza Pretty Shopping Centre. Various public transport around the hotel connects the 4th and 5th Ring Roads, making travelling a breeze.
This Beijing hotel features rooms outfitted with broadband internet access, floor-to-ceiling windows and safes.
During their spare time, guests can enjoy some exercise at the fitness center, or drinks at the café, lobby bar or teahouse while chatting with friends.
Beijing's Best Western OL Stadium Hotel (Beijing Ya'ao Guoji Jiudian) is conveniently located on the Badaling Highway, adjacent to the Olympic Park and Beijing National Stadium, also known as the "Bird's Nest."
Guestrooms range from standard accommodations to business rooms and suites, and all are equipped with broadband Internet access, in-room safes and satellite TVs.
There are a number of conference rooms available to handle any larger functions or banquets.
The Yayuncun Hotel (Yayuncun Binguan) is located in the Asia Games Village, about 20km to the airport and 15km to the railway station. The hotel consists of 3 buildings, with 400 different guestrooms. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, satellite TVs, minibar, telephones and internet port.
The hotel has Chinese and western restaurants. There are also various sized meeting rooms and a functional business center. For recreation, there is a gymnasium, sauna center and swimming pool.
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