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An increasing number of hotels offer fax facilities but are often only for incoming faxes. Rates are usually high. Internet cafes also have Fax capabilities.


ISPs include Eastnet China Ltd. There are Internet cafes located in main towns.

Mobile telephone

GSM 1800 and 900 networks offer coverage in Beijing, Guangzhou (Canton) and Shanghai; GSM 900 networks also service most other major urban centres in the southeastern and eastern regions including Chengdu and Chongqing. Networks are run by China Mobile and China Unicom.


Delivery to Europe takes anywhere from 2 days to1 week. Tourist hotels usually contain their own post offices. All postal items to China should be addressed ‘People’s Republic of China’.


The main English-language newspaper is the China Daily and China Travel. Also there is the weekly news magazine Beijing Review, with editions in English, Spanish, French, German and Japanese. National newspapers include The Worker’s Daily and The Guangming Daily, and many provinces have their own local dailies as well.


BBC World Service and Voice of America is received. Occasionally, the frequencies change and the current can be found online.


Country telephone code: 86
Outgoing international dialing code: 00

IDD is available. Antiquated service with public telephones located in hotels and shops displaying a telephone unit sign. It is usually easier to place international calls from China than it is to make calls internally.