1. Post offices and banks
Opening hours of most banks are from 09:00 to 17:30 on weekdays and 09:00 to 16:00 on weekends, which will be subject to slight change due to different banks and branches. Most of the post offices are open from 09:00 to 17:30. Reception desk of the hotel will be happy to deal with your mail requirements.
ATMs of different banks are open 24 hours a day and are available in hotel lobbies.
Participants are advised to purchase adequate travel and health insurance before leaving their own countries. Organizers of MedInfo2017 do not accept any liability for personal accidents or injury or loss or damage to private property of any participant directly or indirectly arising from travelling to Hangzhou and/or attending the congress.
4. Safety and security
In general, Hangzhou is a very safe city. However, be aware of pickpockets and be careful when crossing the traffic road. Passports should be kept in the hotel safe until the departure day. We also recommend having copies of your passport and credit cards with you in case of loss or theft.
In the event of emergency, please dial the toll-free number 110 to get connected with the police, fire brigade or hospitals. You can also contact security officers and staff member in the conference center.
6. Weather and clothing
Hangzhou enjoys sub-tropical climate and has 25℃ to 33℃ daily temperature in August. The representatives are advised to wear summer clothes like short sleeves. However, it would also be ok for you to wear the business suit when attending the conference because the venue will be air-conditioned.
7. Currency and credit card
The currency of China is Renminbi (RMB, Chinese Yuan, CNY or ￥) and the value is pegged to the US dollar with a current exchange rate of US$ 1: RMB 6.3 (March 2016). For more details, please visit the website: http://www.boc.cn. The Yuan is divided into 10 jiao or 100 fen. Notes come in denominations of ￥100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1. Euros and US Dollars can be exchanged at your hotel or at any bank. The exchange rate is more or less the same across China. Major credit cards, such as American Express, Diners Club, JCB, Master Card and Visa, are accepted at many establishments. And you can use such credit cards on ATMs for cash withdrawals, bank account checking and password changes, for which processing fees will be charged. The processing fees may differ according to bank policies.
The electricity used in China is 220V 50Hz. Hotels provide 220V and 110V (shavers only) power outlets. Please note that plug adapters and converters might be required.
9. WIFI and Internet
Free high-speed wireless Internet will be accessible in the conference center.
The official language is Mandarin and English is also widely spoken. Other languages may need to be translated.
The local time is Beijing Time, 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 13 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).
12. Telephone policy
The country code for China is 86. When calling from outside China, for landline in Hangzhou, please dial 0086 + area code (570) + phone number; for mobile phone: please dial 0086 + phone number. International roaming is supported. Please keep your phone muted during the session.