Useful Information

Table of Contents

  1. Time Zone
  2. Payment
  3. Language
  4. Public Transports
  5. Internet Access
  6. Maps
  7. Electricity
  8. Phones and Emergency Numbers
  9. Explore Beijing

Time Zone

Time in China follows a single standard time of UTC+08:00, which is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.


Credit cards are usually not widely accepted, so we recommend changing some cash in advance. Please also remember to check whether you might need to activate your credit card before departure. By the way, the official name of the Chinese currency is Renminbi (RMB), but it is usually referred to as yuan.


Chinese are the official language. It is better to ask the receptionist for a business card / directions to the hotel written in Chinese upon your arrival at the hotel, just in case you need to explain it to a taxi driver (who might not speak English). You can also download it here.

Public Transports and Tickets

You can find more public transport information in Beijing here


The Beijing Subway is a rapid transit rail network that serves the urban and suburban districts of Beijing municipality. The subway is the oldest metro system in mainland China. The first line opened in 1969, and it has grown to 17 lines, 227 stations and 456 km (283 mi) of track in operation, making it the second longest subway system in the world. Fares start at ¥3 for a trip up to 6 km in distance, with ¥1 added for the next 6 km, for every 10 km thereafter until the trip distance reaches 32 km, and for every 20 km beyond the first 32 km. For example, a 40 km trip would cost ¥7. The Airport Express cost ¥25 per ride. Riders can look up fares by checking fare schedules posted in stations, calling the subway hotline 96165, going to the Beijing Subway website, or using the subway's smartphone app. Children below 1.3 metres (51 in) in height ride for free when accompanied by a paying adult. Senior citizens over the age of 65, individuals with physical disabilities, retired revolutionary cadres, police and army veterans who had been wounded in action, military personnel and People's Armed Police can ride the subway for free. ‘Take a Look at Bejing by Subway’ is an interactive animation made by the official site of Beijing Subway. This animation introduces many famous attractions near subway stations.

Internet Access


Free WiFi is available at the conference venue. Details are available at the conference registration desk.

Overseas Services and Websites

Some services/websites, like Google (including search, docs, maps, etc.), Dropbox and Twitter, can not be accessed directly in China. If you plan to use such kind of services or website, you may have to install a VPN and make sure you can get access to the services/websites through the VPN. In any case, please check and stick to the local legal constraints regarding the use of such and related services/websites.


Printed Maps

The printed Beijing map should be offered in the airport. You can also find the Beijing Map and Beijing Attraction Maps here and print them before you come to China.

E-Maps App
  • Google Maps: Google map is not accessable in China. And we've tested that even a offline Beijing map is not provided in Google Maps.
  • Beijing Travel Guide and Offline City Map: we find this english map app, which provides an offline map for Beijing. (APP in Apple Store, Google Play).


The electricity is generally 220V, 50HZ, AC. A standard socket in China has two pins on the upper part and earthed three pins on the lower part. You may buy a portable plug adaptor at your home country or here in China. Most of your hotels in China offer free use of plug adaptors.

Phones and Emergency Numbers

The country code for China is +86. The area code of Beijing is 10. The prefix for international calls is 00. The following emergency numbers are used:

  • Police Emergency: 110
  • Fire Emergency: 119
  • Ambulance Emergency: 120 or 999
  • Beijing Friend Hotel (Conference Venue): +86 010 68498888

There are 3 mobile providers:

  • China Mobile
  • China Unicom
  • China Telecom

Explore Beijing

To find more tourist information about Beijing here