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InfoComm China 2018

11 - 13 April 2018.
China National Convention Center (CNCC), Beijing, China.
  • 11 April 2018
    Wednesday

    Opening hours

    9:30AM - 5:00PM

    Registration Hours

    9:00AM - 4:30PM

  • 12 April 2018
    Thursday

    Opening hours

    9:00AM - 5:00PM

    Registration Hours

    8:30AM - 4:30PM

  • 13 April 2018
    Friday

    Opening hours

    9:00AM - 4:00PM

    Registration Hours

    8:30AM - 3:00PM

  • Tourist Info
    • Visa

      According to the Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People's Republic of China, foreign tourists must apply for visas at the offices of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), consulates or other organisations authorised by MFA.

    • Climate

      China has a continental climate. Its latitudes span nearly 50 degrees, putting its southern parts in tropical and subtropical zones, and its northern parts near frigid zones. Beijing is located in Northern China. It will be spring when you visit in April. A wide variety of flowers and trees will be coming into bloom. Temperatures will climb from day to day. Night and day temperatures will differ vastly, reaching a mere 20°C (68°F) on the warmest afternoons. Dry and windy, there will be the occasional sandstorms sweeping in from the Gobi desert of Inner Mongolia. Light rains may occur, but they do not last.

    • Time zone

      There are five time zones in People's Republic of China. Beijing Standard Time is recognised as the official time zone. It is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and 16 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (15 hours ahead during daylight saving time). Residents in far western regions such as Tibet follow a later-work schedule in order to keep pace with the official centralised Beijing Standard Time. Check World Clock for current regional time.

    • Health

      China is a remarkably-healthy country despite its relative poverty and climatic variations. Standards of hygiene vary from place to place so you should note potential hazards and act cautiously. Tap water is not safe; all water, except bottled mineral water, must be boiled or filtered before consumption. Boiled water is available at all hotels and restaurants. Although food is freshly prepared and thoroughly cooked, stomach upsets are possible, so bring some medicine with you.

      Ailments such as sore throats and chest colds are also common and can occur any time of the year, considering China's climatic extremes. No vaccinations are required to enter China. However, tetanus, typhoid, rabies and hepatitis vaccinations are recommended. Check with your doctor for current medical advisory. It is recommended that you get accident and medical insurance coverage before departing for China.

    • Safety

      China is a relatively safe country. Travellers should still beware of pick-pockets and bag-snatchers.

    • people

      Despite being a vast country, the Chinese is a united race. They share the same Mandarin language amid different dialects, an almost homogenous cuisine, variations of the same philosophies, and also a common national cause against which all else is negated.

    • language

      Mandarin is commonly used in modern China. It is one of the five working languages of the United Nations. As a written language, it has been in use for 6,000 years. Majority of the 55 ethnic groups in China have their own languages. Dialects are also very common in the country.

    • culture

      China's history dates back over 5,000 years. This makes it one of the richest and most diverse heritages not just in the Orient but also in the world. The culture-rich nation is also a cultured one. Philosophical, academic, artistic, scientific, craftsmanship and political excellence characterise its cultural disciplines of Chinese Arts and Crafts (which includes the art of calligraphy), Architecture, Music and Dance, Fashion, Cuisine, Religion, Customs and Traditions, and Etiquette. It is from this nation that the world tasted the exotic flavours of Chinese cuisine, discovered rare and coveted Chinese ceramic wares, and witnessed the rise of philosophies like Confucianism and Taoism.

    • liquor

      The Chinese enjoy drinking Chinese liquor, and drinking is a key activity during Chinese social events. Some Chinese consider liquor to be an essential like rice, salt and oil.

      Famous liquors include:

      • Maotai (from Guizhou Fen)
      • Zhuyeqing (from Shanxi)
      • Wuliangye (from Sichuan)
      • Jian Nan Chun (from Sichuan)
      • Luzhou Laojiao (from Sichuan)
      • Gujing Tribute (from Anhui)
      • Yanghe Daqu (from Jiangsu)
      • Dong (from Guizhou)

      Available fruit wines include:

      • Gold Medal brandy (from Yantai)
      • Weimeisi (from Yantai)
      • Red Grape wine (from Yantai)
      • China Red Grape wine (from Beijing)
      • Shacheng White Grape wineo (from Hebei)
      • Minquan White Grape wine (from Henan)

    • business hours

      Typical operating hours of establishments in China are as follows:

      Banks: Monday – Friday, 0800 hours – 1700 hours

      Shops: Monday – Sunday, 0900 hours – 1900 hours

    • currency

      Chinese currency is called renminbi (RMB), which means "People's Currency". The popular unit of RMB is yuan. One yuan equals 10 jiao, and 1 jiao equals 10 fen. There are parts of China where the yuan and jiao are also known respectively as kuai and mao. Chinese currency is issued in the following denominations: one, two, five, ten, fifty and a hundred yuan; one, two and five jiao; and one, two and five fen.

    • credit cards

      The Chinese are not big on credit cards. That is because they do not like to be in debt, even if it is short-term. While the use of credit cards is gaining popularity among young people, the adoption rate remains low compared to the West. Foreign plastic is therefore of limited use, so always carry enough cash.

      Where accepted, credit cards useable in China include Visa, MasterCard, AmEx and JCB. They offer a slightly better exchange rate than banks. You should be able to use credit cards at upmarket hotels and restaurants, supermarkets and departmental stores. You cannot use credit card to buy train tickets, but the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) offices readily accept international Visa cards for air ticket purchase. Certain credit cards offer insurance and other benefits relevant to your travel.

      Money can also be withdrawn at certain ATMs in large cities using credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and Amex. Cash advances have become fairly common at head branches of the Bank of China, even in places as remote as Lhasa. A 4% commission charge applies, except on AmEx cards.

    • tipping

      It is a common practice for visitors to tip hotel bellboys, tour guides and drivers in recognition of their good service. It is not customary to leave tips at hotels or local restaurant as the bills usually include a 10-15% service charge.

    • photography

      Except for military installations, you can photograph almost anything in China. It is, however, advisable to ask for permission before taking photographs of your subjects. Bring your own supply of batteries, flashbulbs, films, storage cards, etc.

    • electricity

      Electrical plugs and wall outlets come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Electrical current in China is rated at 220V, 50 cycles AC. Bring along adapters and converters for any appliances purchased in North America. Alternatively, you can borrow them from your hotel housekeeping. Hair dryers and irons are also readily available from hotel housekeeping services.

    • news & broadcast

      The four pillars of communication in China are Radio, Television, Telephone and Internet facilities, and the Press. In recent years, China has spread its wings as far as broadcast distribution goes, but it is still orthodox about its editorial content. The latter is controlled by the government and follows stringent editorial policies.

      Chinese Central TV (CCTV) is the state-owned national television while China National Radio and China Radio International are state-owned radio broadcasters. China Daily is the most important English newspaper while People's Daily and Worker's Daily are considered national dailies.

      Internet is accessible mainly in the capital city of Beijing and other major cities. It is advisable not to visit any religious sites or any blogs as they belong to the "No Entry" category. For telephone and mobile connections, refer to the section on Communications.

    • communication

      Telephone booths are mostly used for national calls. In towns and cities, IDD service is available at all hotels and post offices. Phone cards can be purchased at post offices and newsstands in major cities. Mobile phone users can make arrangements for roaming service.

      The cheapest rate for national calls is between 2100 hours and 0700 hours. IDD rate is calculated either by the minute or by every six seconds.

    • useful numbers

      Should you require assistance while in China, here are some useful numbers to take note of:

      110
      112
      114
      117
      119
      120
      121
      Police
      Traffic Police
      Phone Directory
      Time
      Fire
      Ambulance
      Weather Forecasts

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