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Beijing weather in October is very cool and dry, with a big temperature difference between day and night. It may still feel like summer in the afternoon during a sunny day, but can cool down to 3-4°C (37-39°F) quickly after a few days' rain. Corresponding to the Descent of Frost, one of the 24 seasonal segments, frost may appear at the end of this month.
Beijing climate will transit from autumn to winter during October. At this time, foggy days may possibly occur after rain due to lack of wind, temperature inversion, and high humidity.
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The electric current used in China is 220V 50Hz. Hotels provide 220V and 110V (shavers only) power outlets. Please note that plug adapters and converters might be required.
Currency and Exchange
The currency used in China is the Renminbi Yuan (RMB or ￥) and the value is pegged to the US dollar with a current exchange rate around 6.5 (0ct 2019). The Yuan is divided into 10 Jiao or 100 Fen. Notes come in denominations of ￥100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1. Exchange your leftover Yuan before returning home as it can only be exchanged within China's borders.
Euros and US Dollars can be exchanged at your hotel or at any bank. Traveller’s cheques can only be exchanged at the Bank of China. Banks usually open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Currency exchange services are available for the following foreign currencies: US Dollar, British Pound Sterling, Euro, Japanese Yen, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Swiss Franc, Danish Krone, Norwegian Krone, Swedish Krone, Singapore Dollar, Malaysian Ringgit, and Macao Pataca.
Major credit cards are accepted at many establishments, such as American Express, Diners Club, JCB, Master Card and Visa.
Beijing is a very ATM-friendly city. There are many banks with ATMs, but only about 50% of these accept foreign cards. The main foreign friendly ATMs are controlled by the Bank of China. Bank of China ATMs work in both Chinese and English (depending on your card), use the latest equipment, and are reasonably easy to find.
Organizers of the Congress do not take any liability for personal accidents or injury or loss or damage to private property of any participant indirectly arising from travelling to Beijing and/or attending the Congress. Participants are advised to purchase adequate travel and health insurance before leaving their own countries.
Safety and Security
In general China is a very safe country. However, be aware of pickpockets and be careful when crossing the road. Passports should be kept in the hotel for safety until the departure day. Also note the serial numbers of your traveller’s checks if you carry those. We also recommend having copies of your passport and credit cards with you in case of loss or theft.
Gratuities are not customary in China. However, in hotels and during group travels, tipping is practiced for porters, tour guides and drivers.
Smoking in indoor public places has been banned in Beijing from June 1, 2015 following the rolling out of the toughest ever anti-smoking regulation in China. The regulation extends smoking bans to include all indoor public areas and workplaces, plus a number of outdoor areas including schools, seating areas in sports stadiums and hospitals where women or children are treated.
China covers four time zones. Beijing time is the only official time throughout the country; punctuality is highly appreciated.
Buses are the main means of transport in Beijing. Please prepare small bills as not all buses will carry change. Buses can be very crowded during peak times, which are generally from 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
The subway system in Beijing has 15 lines. The fare is 3 - 9 yuan. Trains run from 5:30 in the morning until 11:00 in the evening. A ticket can be bought at the ticket office at each station or at an automatic ticketing machine. Subway stops are announced over the train's speaker system in Chinese and English.
Taxis in Beijing have several colours. All of them show a taximeter inside. You can easily find them in every part of Beijing. All Taxis will charge 2.3 yuan per kilometer with a base rate or minimum charge of 13 yuan.
Beijing, the capital of People’s Republic of China (PRC), the center of politics, culture, transport, tourism and international communication, is a fast-growing, dynamic metropolis that, while courting foreign businesses and visitors, maintains a firm grip on its rich cultural heritage. It is a monolithic showcase that can give a brief view of China to foreign visitors.
- Area: 16,800 sq km (6552 sq mi)
- Population: 21.7 million
- Country: People’s Republic of China
- People: 95% Han Chinese
- Main language: Mandarin (putonghua)
- Time zone: GMT/UTC plus 8 hours
- Telephone area code: 010
Travel to Beijing, you’d better concern Beijing history. Here, ancient history and modern precipitation perfectly combines, attract visitors from the whole world. Beijing natives receive millions of visitors at home and abroad every year by their traditional enthusiasm, humor and hospitality.
As an ancient city, its history can be tracked back to 3,000 years ago. In the Spring-Autumn and warring Periods (770 BC – 221 BC), Yan Nation established capital in Beijing, called “Ji”. In Qin, Han and Three Kingdoms time Beijing area is the center of northern China. Wang Mang established Capital in Beijing in the Yan Nation in end of the Western Han Dynasty, so that Beijing is also called “Yanjing”. During the South Song Dynasty Liao Nation established the Capital in Beijing called Pei, Jin Dynasty officially eatablished Capital in Beijing. Ever since, the Yuan Dynasty, Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty established Capital in Beijing, a total of 34 emperors reigned over the whole country in Beijing.
The long history of Beijing left a large number of cultural relics and a rich and varied human landscape, which provided very rich tourism resources for Beijing. The magnificent Great Wall and the Forbidden City are the world-famous tourist attractions. The beauty of the Summer Palace, Beihai, Xiangshan, the Temple of Heaven, the Royal Garden are magnets for visitors.
After the founding of New China, Beijing, as the country’s political and cultural center, the social business and urban infrastructure facilities have been making considerable progress. Especially more than 20 years after 1978 with the implementation of “reform and opening up”, Beijing has developed and changed rapidly. Now, it is a modern city with high-rise buildings, shopping malls and vast international hotels connected by an intricate freeway system crisscrossing the city. In the rush hour, traffic jams can match those of any major city around the world and the ringing of mobile phones is incessant. However, the modern buildings conceal traditional hutongs, parks, numerous architectural treasure and exquisite yellow-tiled temples whose prayer flags and wind chimes move in the breeze created by the passing traffic.