RMB (Renminbi) is the only currency to be used in China.
Money exchanges by cash or traveler's cheques can be made
at the branches of Bank of China at Beijing International
Airport, hotels and tourist stores. Please remember to keep
the currency exchange receipt with you as it has to be shown
to the bank clerk if you are going to convert the remaining
amount of RMB back into foreign cash when leaving China.
Conversion services are available for the following foreign
currencies: US Dollar, British Pound Sterling, French Franc,
Deutsche Mark, Japanese Yen, Australian Dollar, Austrian
Schilling, Belgian Franc, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar,
Swiss Franc, Danish Krone, Guilder (or Florin), Norwegian
Krone, Swedish Krone, Singapore Dollar, Malaysian Ringgit,
Italian Lira, Macao Pataca, and Finnish Markka. But note
that not all these currencies are accepted at some small
money exchange outlets.
Credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, JCB,
Master and Visa are acceptable for payment at hotels or
tourist stores. But it is difficult to draw cash with credit
When visitors leave China, they can change the remaining
amount of Renminbi back into foreign cash and take out of
China within a grace period of six months prior to departure
from China, but in doing so they have to display foreign
currency conversion receipts.
All the hotels have postal service. You can send your mail
to almost all countries in world. Telephone, Telefax or
e-mail in Internet are available in Beijing.
International calls can be made directly in the hotel rooms.
For low call rates, you can dial the calls at large post
offices (there is one close to the Congress center) or with
an IC calling card (sold at the Congress center; the card
value is 50 yuan or 100 yuan (US$ 6 or 12).
Close to the Congress center, there is a large post office
where you can buy stamps, mail letters, postcards or parcels,
and make international calls. In the Congress center, the
business center also offers mail service. The Congress registration
desk will provide a service of mailing the proceedings etc.
to your home.
Valid passports, preferably not expiring in six months
from entry into China, and entry visas are required to enter
China. Visas are not required for visitors from some countries,
and delegates are advised to consult the nearest Chinese
diplomatic mission for details. For the contact information
of Chinese diplomatic missions, visitors may visit the web
site of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of
China and click the ministry,
and then missions overseas.
A single-entry visa is valid for three months, and can
be extended for a month at the Foreigners Section of the
Beijing Public Security Bureau if necessary.
Once in China, the delegates are advised to carry their
passports on them wherever they are in China as the passports
may be needed to check into hotels, book air tickets, and
To apply for visas, delegates should first fill out the
registration form and pay an appropriate registration fee.
The organizer of the Congress will then mail a formal invitation
with which the delegate can make visa application at the
Chinese diplomatic mission appointed in the invitation.
On the other hand, the delegates may also ask their travel
agents to arrange their travel to China including tourist
visa acquisition whether they have registered with the Congress