Weather

Average temperature of Changshu in September usually ranges from 22℃ to 28℃, with the highest temperature of 31℃ and the lowest temperature of 17℃. Breathable clothing such as cotton fabric shirts or light T-shirts are suggested. In consideration of frequent rains in September, rain gears are recommended.

Time Zone

China is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT + 8).

Currency and Credit Cards

Foreign currency and traveler’s checks can be converted into Chinese RMB at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money chargers. One U.S. dollar is equivalent to about 6.27 RMB as of March, 2015. Credit cards including VISA, AMEX, Diner’s Club, Master Card, JCB and China Union Pay are accepted at major hotels, department stores and larger restaurants.

Automated Teller Machines (ATM)

Travelers who carry internationally recognized credit cards can get a cash advance in Chinese RMB at ATMs installed at airports, major hotels, department stores and tourist attractions.

Business Hours

Most government offices are open between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm and closed on weekends. Banks are open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on weekdays and from 09:00 am to 4:00 pm on weekends. Major department stores are usually open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. Most private businesses open anywhere from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Tipping

Tipping is not customary. In most restaurants in China, no service charge is required. A 15–18%, 10–15% and 10% service charge may be added to your bill at five–star, four–star and three–star hotels, respectively.

Electricity

The standard electrical supply is 220V/50Hz. Most hotels may provide outlet converters for 220 volts. Regular socket is as below. You may need a socket converter if your power plugs shape is different.

Telephone / Mobile Phone

To make international calls, please dial the international dialing code (00) + country code + area code + phone number. Most mobile business stores, hotels, and airports sell domestic and international phone cards.

Insurance

Participants are required to get adequate travel and health insurance before leaving their respective countries.

Useful Telephone Information

  • Police: 110
  • Fire Emergency: 119
  • Medical Emergency: 120
  • Directory Inquiries: 114