General Information

The City

Beijing, as the capital of China, is the nation's political and cultural center and is unique in its history, tradition and character. Some 3000 years ago, a small village was born at the southwest of the modern Beijing. From the 12th Century to 1911, it was the capital city for the Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. Beijing is ever reshaping throughout centuries a thoroughly modern metropolis, covering an area of 16,800 square kilometers and encompassing a population of 22 million. You will find the city an unforgettable destination, with its ancient Great Wall, the Forbidden City and numerous palaces and temples as a reminder of dynasties lost in the mists of time. Moreover, the city has refreshed its character by a growing number of parks, recreational centers, folk shows during holiday celebrations, splendid theaters, and a grand city outlook.

Passport and Visa

A valid passport and a visa are required for entry into China. Visas can be obtained from your local Chinese Embassy or the nearest Consulate General. An official visa invitation letter will be sent to the participants by CICCST upon receipt of the registration form.

Weather

Early June in Beijing is sunny and a bit hot. The average daily temperature is about 23°C / 73.4°F, with highs of around 36°C / 97°F and lows of around 11°C / 52°F. The monthly precipitation is 70 mm.

Time Difference

The time zone in Stockholm is GMT +8 hour.

Insurance

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

Electricity

The electricity supply in China is 220V, 50Hz. Two types of sockets are used: three-pin socket (a grounding pin and two flat prongs forming a V-shape) and two-pin socket (two flat parallel prongs without grounding). See the photo below:

     

Currency Exchange

The renminbi (literally "people's currency") is the legal tender in the mainland of the People's Republic of China. The official abbreviation is CNY, although also commonly abbreviated as "RMB". Money exchange centers can be found at the airport, most hotels and large shopping centers. The exchange rate at present (2013) is roughly US $1 = 6.10 Chinese RMB. When exchanging money, please keep your exchange memo so that you can convert any remaining Chinese currency back to foreign currency upon leaving China. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and JCB are accepted in many department stores and hotels. It may be difficult to withdraw cash with credit cards.

Banks and most hotels can cash travelers' checks issued by many foreign banks or financial institutions. Participants will need to show their passport and pay a 0.75 percent commission fee. Travelers' checks signed over to a third party cannot be cashed in China, but can be presented for collection through the Bank of China.

Transportation

Transportation in Beijing is convenient, with buses, taxis, light rail, subway, etc.

Bus: The bus ride in Beijing costs about 1-3 RMB depending on distance. Most city buses run from 5:30 - 22:00.

Taxi: Taxis are everywhere in the city and is the most convenient way to get around. Taxis charge 2.3 RMB per kilometer for the first 15 km, and then 3.45 RMB for every additional kilometer. The base cost is 13 RMB. Toll fee and fuel fee are an extra. It costs around US$18 to ride by taxi from the airport to the conference venue.

Subway: Except for Airport Line, the subway fare is 2 RMB, with free transfer between different subway lines.