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June in Beijing is relatively hot and humid as summer paves its way. However, temperature can fluctuate between 17°C to 32°C (63°F to 89°F).


The electric current used in China is 220V 50Hz. The hotels can provide 220V and 110V (shavers only) power outlets. Please note that plug adapters may be necessary.

Currency and Banking

RMB (Chinese yuan) is the only currency used in China. Money exchanges by cash or traveler's checks can be made at banks at the airport, hotels and tourist stores.

Banks usually open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. everyday of the week (including Saturdays and Sundays). 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. Smaller money exchange outlets may not accept all of these currencies.

Credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, JCB, Master Card and Visa may be used for payments at hotels and tourist stores.

When visitors leave China, they can change the remaining amount of RMB back into foreign cash at the airport prior to their departure from China. But if they wish to do so, they have to show foreign currency conversion receipts. The exchange rate in early 2010 is USD 1 = CNY 6.8.

ATM Machine

Beijing is a very ATM friendly city. There are many banks with many ATMs. 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 pretty easy to find. Also, the connection to the overseas banking network tends to have a high down time.


The organizers do not accept any liability for personal accidents or loss or damage to the private property of any participants during the workshop or indirectly arising from attending the workshop. It is advisable that participants should take adequate travel and health insurances before leaving their own countries.

Arrival in Beijing

All flights arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport, which is 30 kilometers from town, and is served by major international airline companies. Airport bus shuttles connect the airport to different parts of downtown Beijing.

Safety and Security

Security is difficult to judge as the reporting of crime is not as extensive as you would find in many other countries. The general impression you get though, is that the streets are very safe. Without a doubt the biggest danger you face when visiting Beijing is being involved in some kind of traffic accident. Crossing the road is an often frightening experience, and so is riding in a taxi for most foreign tourists. There are many unwritten rules and customs about traffic but the average tourist is completely unaware of these and just knows fear and confusion.

The next is pickpockets. Although none of us here has experienced this, and its nowhere near as big as a problem as in mainland Europe, Beijing people consider this one of their biggest crime problems. Pickpockets usually operate on crowded buses but do not tend to be as organized as in other countries. Be asure that you have one copy of first page and visa page for your passport and seperately kept.

As anywhere, leaving your bag or coat unattended or out of your direct line of sight is not recommended. We hear that places like Starbucks and KFC are famous for people having their bag taken from beside their seats.


Tipping is discouraged by authorities and is not required in China - even at upscale restaurants and hotels. It is also not expected that you tip the taxi drivers. However, in hotels and during group travels, tipping is practiced for porters and tour guides.



The main airport in Beijing is the Beijing Capital Airport where all national and international flights arrive at. It is about a 40-minute drive from the airport to the city. At the exit of the airport, taxi station is available. Please show the Chinese hotel address, which can be found in the Hotel Information (coming soon), to the driver when you get into a car.


Buses are the main means of transport in Beijing. Please prepare small bills in case of no-change bus lines. It would be very crowded in rush hours at 0700h-0900h and 1600h-1800h.


The subway system in Beijing has eight lines. The fare is 2 yuan per entry with free transfer from one line to aonther. Trains run from 5:30 in the morning until 23:00 in the late 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 colors. All of them show a taximeter inside. You can easily find them in every part of Beijing. All Taxis will charge 2 yuan per kilometer with a base of RMB10 yuan.


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