Travel

Air

Beijing Capital International Airport is the main airport in Beijing. It currently has three terminals (T1, T2 and T3) in operation. Transport to and from the city is well-covered by either the Airport Express train, which connects with the subway system, or by taxi. It is recommended that travelers only take taxis from the airport taxi ranks.

Taxis from the airport to the conference venue cost approximately 150 yuan and takes about an hour during non-rush hours.

Taking the train in China is an experience not to be missed. Beijing has four railway stations, running to almost all provincial capitals and all of China’s major cities.

  • Beijing Railway Station: Major Destinations: Harbin, Shenyang, Dalian, Qingdao, Jinan, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou and other cities as well as Inner and Outer Mongolia.
  • West Railway Station: Major Destinations: Xian, Chongqing, Chengdu, Lhasa, Urumqi, Guangzhou and Kowloon.
  • South Railway Station (fast trains): Major Destinations: Tianjin, Jinan, Shanghai, Qingdao and other cities.
  • North Railway Station: The Beijing North Railway Station offers regular intercity train services to the north and northwest, including the Huhhot-Manzhouli Grasslands Express (K274/K275/K277).

Taxi

When taking a taxi, always make sure the meter is running. It is recommended to obtain the receipt before you leave. A taxi is usually paid by cash or through Chinese mobile payment options such as WeChat and Alipay.

Subway

The subway in Beijing is modern, efficient and very safe with 16 subway lines running through the city. The working hours are usually from 5:30 to 23:00. The cost of a one-way ticket varies from 3 yuan to 10 yuan, depending on the distance. It takes about 20 minutes from the conference venue to the city center. It is easy to pick your destination, find a route and purchase the ticket in the stations.

Visa

Chinese Visa is issued by visa authorities of the People’s Republic of China to a foreign citizen for entry into, exit from or transit through Chinese territory. You may or may not need a visa; please check with your local Chinese Embassy or Consulate for more information.

F Visa (exchanges, visits, study tours and other activities): For visitors who are traveling to China on a study or lecture tour or for a conference for no more than six months. A letter of invitation from the Chinese National Organisation Committee is required to apply for this type of Visa. The invitation letter for ICOM-CC 2020 is only available to invited keynote speakers and to those who have completed the registration process and made full payment. If for some reason Visa is not obtained, the payment will not be reimbursed. We recommend completing the delegate registration online and starting the visa application process in due time before the conference. In some countries this process can take up to several months.

Further information will be posted shortly.

L Visa (tourism): For foreigners who come to China for sightseeing, visiting relatives or other private purposes. The applicant should be able to prove his capability of covering the traveling expenses in China.

144-hour Transit Visa exemption at ports of entry in Beijing. For details, please follow this link: www.ebeijing.gov.cn/feature_2/144hourVisaFree.

Currency

The currency in China is Renminbi (RMB, yuan, CNY). One yuan is subdivided into 10 jiao and 100 fen. One US dollar is approximately 6.8 yuan. (For official exchange rate, please follow this link: www.boc.cn/sourcedb/whpj/enindex.html).

Language and Dialect

In Beijing, the language spoken is standard Mandarin. The conference will be held in English. All submissions and presentations should be in English.

Beijing Basics

Electricity: The standard voltage in China is 220V.

Internet: Most of the museums, hotels, restaurants are with free internet access. Please note that some platforms are not accessible from China (Google, YouTUBE, Facebook etc..)

Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in indoor public places such as restaurants, hospitals and theaters, etc.

Time Zone: China Standard Time (CST) UTC+8.

Tipping: Tipping is not customary in China.

Traffic: In China, drive on the right hand side of the road.

Emergency Calls:

In case of emergency, dial 120 for medical assistance, 110 for police and 119 for firefighters.

Liability and Insurance:

Purchasing travel medical insurance is strongly recommended for your stay in China. The Organizing Committee will not be responsible for any illness, injuries or lost and damaged personal belongings either during or after the conference.

Weather:

September in Beijing is usually cool and dry with an average temperature ranging from 18ºC to 26ºC.

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