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Ancient Chinese frame, Shenzhen

Practical Info about Shenzhen


GMT +8


Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. Plug types vary but the two-pin flat blade and oblique three-pin flat blade plugs are common. Adapters are generally required.


China currency is the Renminbi Yuan (CNY), which is divided into 10 chiao/jiao or 100 fen. Make sure you exchange your leftover Yuan before returning home because this currency can only be exchanged within China's borders. Foreign cash can be exchanged in cities at the Bank of China. Banks are closed weekends. The larger hotels and the special 'Friendship Stores' designed for foreigners will accept most Western currencies for purchases. Major credit cards are accepted in the main cities, but acceptance may be limited in more rural areas. ATMs are scarce outside the main cities.


The international dialling code for China is +86. Phone cards are widely available and calls can be made from post offices and hotels; phone booths on the streets are usually for local calls only. In hotels, local calls are generally free or will be charged only a nominal fee. Mobile phone networks are very advanced and Chinese networks have roaming agreements with most non-North American international operators. Internet cafes are available in most main towns.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 110 (Police); 120 (Ambulance - Beijing)

Visa and health information

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Public holidays

2014 2015
New Years Day 1 Jan 1 Jan - 3 Jan
Spring Festival 31 Jan - 6 Feb 19 Feb - 25 Feb
May Day 1 May - 3 May 1 May - 3 May
Qingming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Day) 5 Apr - 7 Apr 4 Apr - 6 Apr
Dragon Boat Festival 31 May - 2 Jun 20 Jun - 22 Jun
Mid-Autumn Festival 6 Sep - 8 Sep 26 Sep - 28 Sep
Peoples Republic of China birthday 1 Oct - 3 Oct 1 Oct - 3 Oct

Shenzhen Baoan International Airport

Getting to the city

There are subway and shuttle buses running to the center of the city. Buses and Ferries heading to Macau and Hong Kong are also available.

Car rental

Shenzhen Car Service and Shenzhen Car Rentals are located offsite, but provide airport pick-ups for rentals.

Airport taxi's

Taxis are available from the airport; passengers should insist that the meter is used.

Transfer between terminals

Shuttles are available to transport passengers between terminals, but are also easily accessible by foot.


Airport facilities include banks, ATMs, restaurants, police station, foreign exchange, smoking areas, a playground, public phones, baggage protection, and medical services.


Parking is available at the airport. The first 15 minutes of park time is free, thereafter CNY10 is charged for the first hour and CNY2 for every hour after that. A rate of no more than CNY50 is charged for 24 hours.