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How to Make a Phone Call

You can dial international or domestic long-distance calls in your hotel rooms, and the expenses are included in the hotel bill while local calls are free. You may also make phone calls in post offices and public phone booths, where you are asked to pay right after you have finished your call.

When you make a domestic long-distance call, remember to dial the area zip code before dialing the number you want. When making an international call, you should dial 00, the country code and the area zip code before dialing the number of the person you want to talk to (if the area code of a given country begins with 0, delete it when you make the call).

To call a number in China from abroad, dial the international access code (00), the country code for China (86), then the local area code (if the area code begins with 0, delete it when you make the call) and the number you're calling.

International and domestic long-distance calls and local calls can also be made in telephone booths using magnetic cards or IC cards.

Phone Rates

Domestic long-distance rates in China vary according to distance, but are cheap. International calls are quickly becoming cheaper if you use an IP card or a calling card. Phoning direct without a card is, however, expensive. Calls made between midnight and 7am are 40% cheaper than at other times.

Useful Numbers

These phone numbers are effective anywhere in China.

0086 China's intentional zip code
110 Police
119 Fire alarm
120 Ambulance
112 Inner-city telephone mishap
113 Domestic long-distance call operator
115 International long-distance call operator
114 Local phone directory
116 Information on domestic long-distance call
117 Time
121 Weather forecast


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