TRAVEL & VISA

Passport & Visa

All visitors to mainland China must acquire a visa in advance. Upon receiving your registration and payments, the conference organizers will send you an official invitation letter that is a required document for your visa application. Please provide all required information in the online registration form.

You should apply for a visa in person at your nearest Consulate, although its possible to obtain Chinese visas in other countries while youre on extended trip. To apply for a visa, you must complete the application form, which can be downloaded from many consular websites. Visas are valid for the whole country.

A complete list of all Chinese Embassies and consulates, including address and contact information, can be found at the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, PRC.

Flights

As one hub city in China, Shanghai is easily accessed by all delegates. Delegates could find non-stop flight or one-stop flight to Shanghai.

Arrival

Shanghai has two international airports: Shanghai Pudong International Airport (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_Pudong_International_Airport) and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_Hongqiao_International_Airport). You are advised to change some Chinese money at the Currency Exchange points in the Terminal Buildings, so as to be able to pay for taxi, subway, bus, and other minor costs. You can easily get a taxi at the taxi stands outside the airport terminals. The cost for a taxi from Pudong/Hongqiao airport to the conference venue is roughly RMB150/RMB100 or USD25/16. Please note that taxi is more expensive at night (from 11:00PM to 5:00AM). Please make sure that the taximeter is turned on and remember to ask for a printed receipt from the taxi driver.

Climate and Clothing

Shanghai is cold in January. The average temperature is 5C / 41F. When a cold front hits Shanghai, it may drop to -6 C / 21.2F. Because of wind chill factor, one feels much colder than the number indicates. The worst is at night.

Underwear is advised to cope with coldness and dampness in January. You also need thin sweater, down jacket and warm pants. Warm clothes made of wool, fur and leather are strongly recommended. Since indoors are much warmer than outdoors because of air conditioning, there is no need of wearing too much indoors, and usually a thin sweater is enough.

Currency and Banking

The official name for the currency of China is the Renminbi (RMB) or China Yuan (CNY). It is denominated into the Yuan. Foreign currency can be exchanged for RMB at the airports, banks and hotels. Major credit cards are honored at most hotels. Banks usually open at 9:00 in the morning and close at 17:00 in the afternoon all working days.

Electricity

Electricity is supplied at 220V, 50Hz AC throughout China. Major hotels usually provide 115V outlet for razor.

Liability

The conference organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents, loss of or damage to private property of participants, students and accompanying persons, either during, or directly arising from APBC 2014. Participants should make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.