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General Information

Passport and Visa

In general, most visitors will require Chinese visas in order to enter China. We strongly advise that participants should arrange for their visa application at least TWO months before their departure for China.

To apply for a BUSINESS/ACADEMIC visa to attend the APCIL, you should check that you have:

* completed a visa application form
* one recent passport photograph
* current passport which is valid for over 6 months from the date of entry into China.
* return flight ticket
* formal invitation letter letter (issued after the registration fee and hotel deposit are paid)
* proof of hotel reservation (issued after the hotel deposit is paid)

In order to receive your visa letter and proof of hotel reservation via airmail, you need to:

* fill out the registration form through the conference online registration
* fill out the accommodation form through the conference online registration
* pay the registration fee
* pay the hotel deposit.

For participants coming to Beijing with family members, please provide the names of the family members in the registration form. We will automatically generate a formal invitation letter letter to include them.

Participants are advised to consult the nearest Chinese diplomatic mission for details.

Once in China, the participants are advised to carry their passports with them at all times.

If participants have further questions or difficulties regarding their visa application, please contact Ms. Cuiling Lan (cllan@cashq.ac.cn).

Currency Exchange

In China, only RMB is used. However, exchange centers can be found at airports, most hotels and large shopping centers. When exchanging money, please keep your receipt by which you can change any remaining RMB back to foreign currency when leaving China. Visa, Master, American Express are accepted in many department stores and hotels. ATM could help you to get RMB cash from your credit card.

The Bank of China and most hotels can cash travelers' cheque issued by any foreign bank or financial institution. Participants will need to show a passport and pay a 0.75 percent commission. Travelers' cheque signed over to a third party cannot be cashed in China, but can be presented for collection through the Bank of China.

Please note that not all shops and restaurants in China accept foreign credit cards. All taxis and public transports will accept cash only.

Reconfirmation of Air Ticket

Some of the departure air ticket (both international and domestic) should be reconfirmed 72 hours in advance. Please contact with your airline office about the procedure before your departure for China.


The registration fee does not include insurance for the participants regarding accidents, sickness or loss of personal property. It is advisable that participants make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance before leaving their countries.


The electrical voltage in China is 220V 50Hz. Power sockets available in China are Type A, Type I, and Type C plugs. Adapters are available at some hotels and convenience stores But. It is still strongly suggested to bring your own adapters here.

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