Useful Information

Nowadays, Hangzhou continued to become a commercial city.  Although it is one of the oldest cities in China, the travel service is as well as other large cities provided.  Following useful information is TravelKing attentively collected and worked up for your reference. Go and have a pure China travel.


Passport valid for at least six months and visa are necessary to enter China.  Notice the heavy fines on overstay in China.


The electrical current in China is 220 volts.  You are advised to carry a conversion plug and power surge cable, because laptops damage by voltages is common happened.  Rechargeable batteries and battery charger are much better than cheap battery in the shop. 


RMB is official currency in China.  RMB is locally called "yuan".  Most major currencies are available to exchange in China.  Credit Card is very useful in upmarket restaurants and hotels and in large shops.


The four seasons in Hangzhow are distinct.  Average temperature is 16.2℃.  In winter it's 3.8℃, in summer it's 26.8℃.  Average humidity is 76%.  Generally, the climate in Hangzhou is very comfortable and good for travel every season.


International calls can be made from most hotels telephone boxes, and office of China Telecom.  Card phones on the street are accept a wide variety of phonecards in the city.
Useful Dialling NO.:
From abroad to China:
Your international access code + China's country code (86) + area code omitting the first 0 + local number. Neither Hong Kong nor Macau have area codes; they only have country codes – 852 and 853.
From China to abroad:
00 + country code + area code omitting any initial 0 + local number
Dial 115 for international directory assistance.
Dial 114 for local directory enquiries in Chinese.

Road Names

Main roads, avenues are often divided into different sections based on the four cardinal points.  For example, Zhongyang Lu (Zhongyang Road) may be divided into Zhongyang Dong Lu (Zhongyang East Road) and Zhongyang Xi Lu (Zhongyang West Road) .  Similarly, you will probably meet Zhongyang Bei Lu (north road) and Zhongyang Nan Lu (south road).  In large cities such as Shanghai and Beijing, Road names also display the pinyin translation with Chinese.


In our opinion, the bargaining is essential in China, especially for English speaker.  Sometime, you may be overcharged several times of original price.  Therefore, travelers should be very careful when shopping in markets or anywhere else where prices are not indicated.  We intensively suggest you to bargain and firmly state your price and just walk away if the one doesn't agree.  Shopkeepers often agree once they realize they're losing a potential sale.


Tipping is not expected in China, Hong Kong and Macau.  Some restaurants include a service charge on the bill.

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