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Beijing Tips
Weather
Beijing Weather in January is sunny most of the time, the weather is still bitterly cold and extremely windy and the temperatures sometimes can drop to below -5°C.



What to Wear in January
If venturing outside you have to wear a thick sweater, a warm down-coat, cotton boots, gloves, hat and scarf to keep you warm from the freezing Beijing climate of January.


Electricity
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 of US$ 1: RMB 6.45 (May 2016).  Notes come in denominations of ¥100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1. 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. 
Major credit cards are accepted at many establishments, such as American Express, Diners Club, JCB, Master Card and Visa.

ATM Machine
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.

Insurance
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 ofyour 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.

Tipping
Gratuities are not customary in China. However, in hotels and during group travels, tipping is practiced for porters, tour guides and drivers.
Smoking
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. 

Time
China covers four time zones. Beijing time is the only official time throughout the country; punctuality is highly appreciated.
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