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Surprisingly, unlike most every other country, China strives to meet the needs of modern people's lives in regard to hours of operation. Post offices, museums, libraries, monuments, and even banks are open seven days a week. In addition to the banks being open seven days a week, one can count on most to offer 24-hour self-service. One can also bank on staying safe in China; normal hours of hospitals are Monday to Friday, opening as early as 8:00 am and closing as late as 6:00 pm, while hospital clinics may remain open past 10:00 pm. Additionally, hospital staff is available 24 hours a day 365 days a year for emergencies.

Generally, Chinese government offices, institutions and schools maintain a working system of forty hours a week, Monday to Friday. Normal working hours begin at 8:00 or 8:30 a.m. ending at 5:00, 5:30, or 6:00 p.m., with one to two hour lunch breaks. Recently, some institutions and enterprises have adopted the 'nine to five' working hours.

Travelers will find China extremely accomodating, one can visit most of the scenic spots and places of interest every day from 8:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., or 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., or 6:00 p.m., with some tourist attractions keeping open into the late evening. Travel agencies, hotels, cinemas, TV programs, and some shops, supermarkets, bars, pubs, restaurants in metropolitans offer 24 hour services everyday. Even the transportation in China, no matter by car, train, or plane, is available 24 hours every day and 365 days a year.

Also, surprisingly, even though China's diverse geography extends across five time zones, the time is the same everywhere in China. China operates to a single Standard Time (GMT+8) all year round. However, one will find that because of this the opening and closing times for establishments do vary in keeping with normal waking hours.