Beijing Capital International Airport is located in the northeast part of the city, ~32 km (~20 mile) to the Conference venue. You are advised to change some Chinese money at the Bank of China Airport Service in the Terminal Building. So as to be able to pay for taxi and other minor costs.
Currency and Banking
The official name for the currency of China is the renminbi and the ISO code for renminbi is CNY (an abbreviation for "Chinese Yuan"). Foreign currency can be exchanged for CNY at the airport, banks and hotels. Major credit cards are honored at most hotels. Banks usually open at 9:00 in the morning and close at 17:00 in the afternoon all working days.
Click to check latest exchange rates provided by Bank of China.
- Approximately CHF 1.0 = CNY 6.3
- Approximately EUR 1.0 = CNY 7.6
- Approximately GBP 1.0 = CNY 9.7
- Approximately USD 1.0 = CNY 6.2
To make things easier for you, it is highly recommended you carry Chinese Yuan in cash, which will be used in small restaurants and taxi, although credit cards are acceptable by most hotels and restaurants. ATM is widely available throughout the city.
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.
Electricity is supplied at 220V, 50Hz AC throughout China. Major hotels usually provide 115V outlet for razor. Please note that plug adapters and converters might be required.
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 safe until the departure day. Also note the serial numbers of your travellers checks if you are carrying 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.
Anti-smoking campaigns are becoming stronger and stronger, but you might still find people smoking in local restaurants and bars.
China covers four time zones. Beijing time is the only official time throughout the country; punctuality is highly appreciated.