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Guide for Participants
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VISA

All participants for the Congress are required to possess a valid passport or applicable travel document with valid visas or entry permits to enter into China. Participants can go to the Chinese Embassy in their countries to apply for a valid visa. A copy of invitation letter from the co-sponsors of the Congress is required when making the applications. For participants from countries that have bilateral waiver arrangements with China, the visa requirement will be waived.

Reservation for Your Flights

As for the arrangement of your journey, you yourself can make the reservation for your flights according to your schedule and Aviation Company that you have selected. You should let us know your itinerary or flight schedule beforehand.

Transportation

Jinan International Airport is the airport serving Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province, China. The airport is located approximately 33 kilometres (21 mi) northeast of the city center. The Organizing Committee will provide vehicles for the invited talk speakers to leave and go to the airport when you arrive, but you have to send us your itinerary beforehand, so that we can make the arrangement. Volunteers will meet you at the airport and will pick you up from the airport to the hotel by vehicle, which will take about 40 minutes. Airport shuttle buses are frequently running between the airport and the city center. The congress will be held in the hotel where you will be staying during the congress

Registration and Badges

Participants whose abstracts will be accepted by the review committee as oral presentation do not need to go through the registration procedures when you arrive at the hotel where you will live. The person in charge of the registration will issue the badges for you.

Security 

ID badges and passes are not transferable. For security purposes, delegates are kindly required to wear their ID badges throughout the event. During the sessions, all participants will be subject to security check.

Railway

Jinan is served by two railway stations: Jinan Railway Station and Jinan East Railway Station. Jinan Railway Station is the main railway station of Jinan City which can be reached by public buses No. 3, 21 and 83.

Besides the option of purchasing train tickets at the train stations, the visitor may purchase train tickets at alternative Jinan train ticket offices.

City Transportation

Taxi

The flag-fall price differs from 7 RMB/3 km (1 USD/ 1.8 miles) to 9 RMB/3 km (1.3 USD/ 1.8 miles), according to the taxi you take, afterwards, 1.5 RMB/km (0.4 USD/mile).

Public Bus

There are two types of public buses in Jinan, common buses and K buses. The ticket price of common buses is 1 RMB (0.2 USD) and K buses 2 RMB(0.3 USD)or 3 RMB (0.4 USD).

Three travel lines, Tourist Bus No. 66, K51 and K68, are available, by which you can get to many attractions inside and around the city.

Tourist Bus No.66 bus passes many attractions, such as Thousand Buddha Mountain, Springs Park, Baotu Spring, Spring City Square, Daming Lake, and Jinan Zoo.

Accommodation

The hotel where you will be staying during the congress is not far from the Congress Center. Mostly, you will have your meals (buffet) in the hotel. If possible, Organizing Committee might host a dinner party for the invited speakers on the evening of Sept. 1.

This is just a preliminary program, and we will let you know more when the final program is settled. We are always ready to help you. 

Geography and Climate

Jinan is located in the north-western part of Shandong province at 36° 40′ northern latitude and 116° 57′ east of Greenwich, about 400 kilometres (250 mi) south of the national capital of Beijing.

The temperature in Jinan during Sept. ranges from 22 to 32 degrees Celsius.

Jinan has a humid subtropical, considering a normal isotherm of ?3 °C, or a humid continental climate, considering an isotherm of 0 °C but favoring the former, with four well-defined seasons. The city is dry and nearly rainless in spring, hot and rainy in summer, crisp in autumn and dry and cold (with little snow) in winter. The average annual temperature is 14.70 °C (58.5 °F), and the annual precipitation is around slightly above 670 millimetres (26.4 in), with a strong summer maximum, and high variability from year to year. January is the coldest and driest month, with a mean temperature of ?0.4 °C (31.3 °F) and 5.7 millimetres (0.22 in) of equivalent rainfall. July is the hottest and wettest month, the corresponding numbers are 27.5 °C (81.5 °F), and 201.3 mm (7.93 in). With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 48 percent in July to 63 percent in May, the city receives 2,547 hours of bright sunshine annually.

Currency

Currency in China is RMB (also referred as the Yuan) and is available in banknote denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 and 0.5 denominations in coins. At present exchange rate, US$ is equivalent to 6.8 RMB approximately. The working hours are from 0.9:00 to 17:00 every day. ATMs are widely used in China. You can obtain RMB at currency exchange desks at major airports around China. Most foreign currencies and travelers’ checks can be exchanged at banks and hotels where you stay. However, we highly recommend purchasing travelers’ checks or cash in U.S. dollars before leaving your home countries. A passport may be required for currency exchange services.

Credit Card

Most hotels, major department stores and restaurants accept VISA, Master. Most internationally recognized currencies and travelers’ checks can be exchanged at commercial banks, hotels and airports. However, small shops like station, convenience stores and train tickets for short distances do not accept credit cards. It is advisable to bring a certain amount of cash.

Electricity

Voltage or power supply in China is 220V A.C., 2-flat-pin plug and 3-pin compatible sockets. Hotels provide 110 or 220-volt sockets for electric razors. An adapter is advised for the use of electrical equipment.

Water

Tap water is not drinkable anywhere in China unless mentioned otherwise. Also, you can buy mineral water at convenience stores, super markets, etc.

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited inside most buildings and stations, except in designated smoking areas.

Tipping

Tipping is not common in China, and is not generally done in any situation.

Personal Security

Jinan is a city with a large and active population, including many tourists. Socially it is very stable and peaceful, and it is a very safe place for travelers. Violent crime is extremely rare and most threats facing tourists are little more than an inconvenience or annoyance. However, participants are advised to take precautions when moving around the city; and particular attention should be paid as follows:

Watch your luggage and briefcase

Avoid walking alone at night

Be particularly vigilant at the airport, the train station and when checking into your hotel

Note these important telephone numbers: 


  • Police: 110
  • Fire: 119
  • Ambulance: 120


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