Travel

Air

Beijing is very well served by its Capital International Airport (airport code is PEK). Now Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) has three terminals (T1, T2 and T3) in operation. Transport links to and from the city are equally well covered by either the train (Airport Express) which connects with the metro system or by taxi. It is recommended to only use the taxis from the official airport taxi rank.

Taxi from the airport to the Conference Venue costs approximately 150 Yuan. Travel time is approximately 1 hour to cover the 35km distance outside the rush hour.

Train

Taking the train in China is an experience not to be missed. The city has four railway stations, with lines running to almost all provincial capitals, and to all China's major cities.

  • Beijing Railway Station: The trains departing from Beijing Railway Station: Harbin, Shenyang, Dalian, Qingdao, Jinan, Shanghai, Nanjing Hangzhou and other cities as well as for Inner and Outer Mongolia departing from this station.
  • West Railway Station: The trains departing from Beijing West Railway Station: Xian, Chongqing, Chengdu, Lhasa, Urumqi, Guangzhou and Kowloon.
  • South Railway Station: The trains departing from Beijing South Railway Station: serving as the terminus for high-speed trains to the city - Tianjin, Jinan, Shanghai, Qingdao and other cities, which can reach speeds above 350 km/h.
  • North Railway Station: The trains departing from Beijing North Railway Station: offering regular intercity train services to the north and northwest, including the Huhhot-Manzhouli Grasslands Express (K274/K275/K277).

Taxis

Taxis in Beijing may be picked up at taxi stand or flagged down in the street. Always check that the meters are running. Taxis must usually be paid by cash or through WeChat.

Subway

The Beijing subway is modern, clean, efficient and very safe. A single adult fare from the Conference Venue to the city center sites such as Tian'anmen Square costs 5 yuan and takes 20 minutes. All the metro signage and announcements on the trains are clearly given in Chinese and English.

Visa

Chinese visa is a permit issued to a foreigner by the Chinese visa authorities for entry into, exit from or transit through the Chinese territory. The Chinese visa authorities may issue a diplomatic, courtesy, service or ordinary visa to a foreigner according to his identity, purpose of visit to China and passport type.

  • Visa F (exchanges, visits, study tours and other activities): For visitors who are travelling to China on a study or lecture tour or for a conference for a period of no more than six months. To apply for a Chinese Visa F, a letter of invitation from the Chinese National Organisation Committee is required. Letters of invitation for the ICOM-CC 2020 are only available to the invited keynote speakers and those who have completed registration process and full payment. We recommend completing the delegate registration online and start the visa application process in due time before the conference, knowing that in some countries this process can take up to several months.
    Further information will be posted shortly.
  • Visa L (tourism): Issued to aliens who come to China for sightseeing, visiting relatives or other private purposes. For a tourist applicant, in principle he shall evidence his financial capability of covering the travelling expenses in China, and when necessary, provide the air, train or ship tickets to the heading country/region after leaving China.
  • 144-hour Transit Visa exemption at ports of entry in Beijing: for details, please click the following link.