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China-PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Currency


The currency is the Yuan.



Business hours


Banks: Monday to Friday, from 8.30 to 17.00, from 8.00 to 13.00 on Saturday.


Transportation


Road


The condition of the road network, which is in fast growing development, is satisfactory on the main roads, although it is badly signposted. The bad weather conditions, that the North of the country faces, can explain the damages on the road surface and sections are sometimes hard to pass. To drive in China remains a dangerous exercise: the total lack of discipline, the mass of rolling vehicules of all kinds, and animals on the roads, require to be constantly on the alert. The highest caution is therefore recommended. The rate of fatal accidents has been increasing, especially since more and more Chinese can afford a car. If you can, you should avoid driving at night. Fuel supplies are correct. Car rental is possible. There is an highway connection between Canton and Shenzhen.


Rail


Good general condition, even though connections are generally quite slow (for example: Canton - Peking takes 36 hours), except for the Canton-Hong Kong connection, which is fast and comfortable.

Air


The domestic airlines have excellent records in terms of accident rates. Schedules are generally respected although airports are jammed.

Internet


The Internet suffix is: .cn

 


Basic conversation guide


Yes =sh?
No = b?sh?
Thank you = xie xie
Hello = Ni hao
Goodbye, Goodbye = zai jian
I do not understand = wo b?ming bai / wo b?dovng
What's the price? How much does it cost? = zhe duet shaov qian?
I would like to buy = wov yao maiv...
Do you accept credit cards? = or jie-shou xin yong kav ma?
Where is...? = ...zaiv na liv?
An airport = fei-ji-changv.
The station = huov che-zhan
Post office = you j?
The bank = yin hang
The police station, the police force = jingv ch?j?
The pharmacy = yao fang
One ticket to..., please. = Y?zha-ng q?...de piao.
Would you have any vacancies for tonight? = jin-wan you mei you kong-fang?.


Languages spoken


Official language: Chinese. There are many different dialects and variations of dialects in Chinese. English is used for commercial correspondence. However, an interpreter is often required during personal contact with Chinese businesspeople

 




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