China

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

 

Currency - Business hours - Transportation - Internet - Basic conversation guide - Langages spoken


Currency

The currency is the Yuan.

 

Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)
To find out the locations of ATMs in China , click on the link to your credit card: Visa, Mastercard or American Express


Business hours

Banks: Monday to Friday, from 8.30 to 17.00, from 8.00 to 13.00 on Saturday.



Transportation

Road
The condition of the road network, which is in fast growing development, is satisfactory on the main roads, although it is badly signposted. The bad weather conditions, that the North of the country faces, can explain the damages on the road surface and sections are sometimes hard to pass. To drive in China remains a dangerous exercise: the total lack of discipline, the mass of rolling vehicles of all kinds, and animals on the roads, require to be constantly on the alert. The highest caution is therefore recommended. The rate of fatal accidents has been increasing, especially since more and more Chinese can afford a car. If you can, you should avoid driving at night. Fuel supplies are correct. Car rental is possible. There is an highway connection between Canton and Shenzhen.



Rail
Good general condition, even though connections are generally quite slow (for example: Canton - Peking takes 36 hours), except for the Canton-Hong Kong connection, which is fast and comfortable.

Air
The domestic airlines have excellent records in terms of accident rates. Schedules are generally respected although airports are jammed.

 


Internet

The Internet suffix is: .cn



Basic conversation guide

Yes =shì
No = bú shì
Thank you = xìe xìe
Hello = Nĭ hăo
Goodbye, Goodbye = zi jin
I do not understand = wo b míng bái / wo b dŏng
What's the price? How much does it cost? = zhe duō- shăo qián?
I would like to buy = wŏ yo măi ...
Do you accept credit cards? = ni jiē- shòu xìn yòng kă ma?
Where is...? = ... zài nă lĭ?
An airport = fēi- jī- chăng.
The station = huŏ chē- zhn
Post office = yóu jú
The bank = yín háng
The police station, the police force = jĭng chá jú
The pharmacy = yo fáng
One ticket to..., please. = yì zhāng q ... de pio.
Would you have any vacancies for tonight? = jīn- wan you mi you kōng- fáng?.

 


Languages spoken

Official language: Chinese. There are many different dialects and variations of dialects in Chinese. English is used for commercial correspondence. However, an interpreter is often required during personal contact with Chinese businesspeople


Last modified in January 2006
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