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China Post & Telecom

 Postal Service
Post offices in cities and towns can provide a convenient service in China. Besides letters and airmails, you can also use Express Mail Service (EMS) and DHL, TNT, FedEx etc. in post offices. Domestic letters usually cost CNY 0.60 or CNY 0.80, while the fare of EMS is usually more than CNY 20. The postal rates of international mail vary depending on the destination, the weight of letters or parcels, the method of mail delivery, etc., so it is best to consult the clerk in local post office.

The postal rate varies from the transport means when using China Post.
Air: usually it takes 7 – 15 working days to send a parcel. It is the fastest way, but the fee is high.
SAL: short for Surface Air Lifted, it requires about 20 working days to receive a parcel. The cost is comparatively lower than air mail.
Surface Mail: a parcel that is transported via land & sea needs 30-40 working days. It is the cheapest way.

 Telephone, Telegram and Fax
While traveling in China, you can easily find a telephone in hotels, post offices and street kiosks. If you want to make a domestic long-distance call, you have to dial the area code with a prefix 0 first. You can also make international calls in post offices and hotels. Generally, local calls are free when you make them in hotel rooms. You can also buy IP cards in post offices, which can make long-distance calls and international texting cheaper.

Usually, there are some telephones offering several minutes’ free call for passengers. They can also buy a SIM card of one of the three important communication carriers – China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom in the airport.


 Internet
Cyber cafes are readily available in most cities. Most hotels and some restaurants also provide Internet services. Generally, you can surf the Internet quickly and smoothly, but the fees do vary. Free WIFI now is available in most public places, such as airport, railway stations, shopping malls and cafes. Almost all hotels in the domestic cities of China offer free WIFI for their guests. Usually, the account and password can be found in the room. VPN is required to use Google and Facebook in China.


 Area Code & Zip Code

 Country Code: 86
  Major Cities:

City
Area Code
Zip Code
Beijing
10
100000
Chengdu
28
610000
Chongqing
23
630000
Dali
872
671000
Datong
352
037000
Dunhuang
937
736200
Guangzhou
20
510000
Guilin
773
541000
Guiyang
851
550000
Hangzhou
571
310000
Hohhot
471
010000
Hong Kong
852
999077
Kashgar
998
844000
City
Area Code
Zip Code
Korla
996
841000
Kunming
871
650000
Lhasa
891
850000
Lijiang
888
674100
Nanjing
25
210000
Shanghai
21
200000
Shannan
893
856000
Shigatse
892
857000
Suzhou
512
215000
Turpan
995
838000
Urumqi
991
830000
Wuhan
27
430000
Xian
29
710000

 Useful Numbers
Number
Help
110
Police
114
Local Telephone Number Inquiry
119
Fire
120
Ambulance
121
 Weather Forecast
122
Traffic Police
10086
China Mobile
10010
China Unicom
10000
China Telecom
11185
China Post
11183
EMS
12306
China Railway