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Useful Tips

 

The following travel tips have been provided by the Wuhan University School of Information Management organizing committee to help make your visit more easy and enjoyable.

Local time zone:
Beijing Time (GMT +8).

Climate:
Wuhan has a comfortable climate in March and the temperature usually ranges from 14°C to 23°C (i.e. 57°F to 73°F).

Currency and Banking:
The only official currency in China is the RMB (CNY). Money can be exchanged at the airport, branches of the Bank of China, and most hotels in the city. Exchange rates fluctuate in line with intentional financial market conditions. Rates at the Bank of China may be a little lower than elsewhere.

Language:
The official language used in the conference will be English and simultaneous interpretation will not be provided.

Electricity:
A voltage of 220V is used in China, and the standard form of socket can be found in the picture below. You may need to bring a converter or an adapter in order to use your electronic devices in Wuhan.

Electrical-Outlet

Electrical-Outlet

Mobile phones and Internet Services:
Most mobile phones (GSM tri-band or quad-band) will work in China. Please check with your mobile service provider to make sure your phone will work here and for the specific fees and charges. Sometimes it is required that your international service be activated before traveling.
The local phone numbers in Wuhan have 8 digits (e.g. 8816-8888), while mobile phone numbers 11 digits (e.g. 139-8816-8888). The country code for China is 86 and the city code for Wuhan is 27.

Useful phone numbers in China:
110 Police
114 Local telephone number inquiry and area code inquiry
119 Fire
120 Ambulance
11185 Postal code inquiry
10000 China Telecom customer service
10086 China Mobile customer service
10010 China Unicom customer service
95566 Bank of China customer service

Free Wi-Fi connection is available at the conference hotel, including all meeting rooms and guest rooms.

Post Services:
Most tourist hotels provide postal services; however, if you want to send important items such as antiques or cultural relics that are under customs control, you must consult the local branch of the International Post Office. The International Post and Telecommunications Office handles remittances, money orders, telegraphic money transfers, international and domestic telephone and telegram services and local telephone services. You can send postcards, letters, parcels and express mail anywhere in the world via China Post (with the green logo), FedEx or China Air Express.

Customs:
Customs clearance refers to customs procedures involving inbound and outbound passengers declaring their baggage to the customs authorities, who check items and may require the payment of a duty – or exempt them from duty – in accordance with the law.

Travelers who declare items at Customs should submit a Declaration Form of In/Outbound Passenger Luggage at the Customs of the People’s Republic of China or other declaration documents, valid inbound or outbound certificates – and other documents issued by authorized organs of the People’s Republic of China, such as inbound and outbound permits for the mailed items and business documents.

 

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