Emergency numbers

If you encounter any trouble at any time, call one of our staff for help:

Wang Yunshang +86 159 6954 0690 wangyunshang@mail.kib.ac.cn
Zhang Haiya +86 182 0879 8360 zhanghaiya@mail.kib.ac.cn
Zhang Qian +86 150 9662 1451 zhangqian@mail.kib.ac.cn
Su Yufang +86 158 0879 3959 suyufang@mail.kib.ac.cn

Visa info

All nationalities need to apply for a visa to the People’s Republic of China in order to be granted entry. There is no visa on arrival! As China has fairly restrictive immigration policies, we recommend participants to apply for a tourist visa to the country. We insist that you apply no later than 31 January 2016, bearing in mind that the country and its satellite consulate and embassies celebrate Chinese New Year in February 2016. Public offices are closed from 7 to 13 February and probably slow in the days before and after.

Participants from certain countries may have difficulty obtaining a tourist visa to China. If this is the case, you may contact us at wangyunshang@mail.kib.ac.cn to receive an official invitation letter to assist visa application. Do not contact us if you are eligible for a tourist visa. Please supply the following details no later than 15 January 2016 when you apply for this invitation letter:

  • A scan of the information page of your passport;
  • The name, city and country of the institute where you plan to apply for your visa;
  • The date of entry into China;
  • Duration of your stay (max 7 days for official invitations to conferences);
  • If the country you apply in is not your native country, a work certificate or valid contract from your employer.

Getting there

Upon arrival at Kunming-Changshui International Airport, please clear with immigration, collect your baggage, clear with customs and visit a foreign exchange bureau or an ATM at the airport to obtain the local currency. Proceed to the public taxi bay which is directly opposite Gate 3, or take airport shuttle bus Line 3, Expo Garden Stop.

Airport shuttle line 3

To Changshui International Airport
First bus: 8:00 am, last bus: 22:00, runs every 30 minutes. Ticket cost: 20 RMB
Route: Lin Yu Road—Beichen Fortune Centre—Expo Garden—Changshui International Airport

From Changshui International Airport
First bus: 9:00 am, last bus: 23:00, runs every 30 minutes. Ticket: 20 RMB
Route: Changshui International Airport—Expo Garden—Beicheng Forture Centre—Lin Yu Road

Meter taxi

Inform your taxi driver of your destination as per the address below. Depending on traffic, the fare should be about 120 RMB (including toll fee of 10 RMB).

Expo Garden Hotel (Shi Bo Hua Yuan)
5 Shibo Road, Kunming City, Yunnan, 650224, China
Tel: (86 871) 66030888 Fax: (86 871) 66033006
Website: www.expo-gardenhotel.com

In Chinese:

请送我到昆明世博花园酒店
地址:云南省昆明市盘龙区世博路5号(世博园旁)
如有疑问请打电话:+86-871-66030888

Venue and hotel

The conference will be held at the Expo Garden Hotel which is approximately 10km from the airport. The conference will be held in Building No.1. All participants will also stay at the same hotel. The daily room rates are 420 RMB (Building No. 1), or 300 yuan (Building No. 2: about 5–7 minute walk from the other building), including breakfast.

The organization will book the rooms for all participants. Those without financial support from our side will have to pay their stayat the hotel desk.

General info

City of Eternal Spring

Kunming is the capital and largest city of Yunnan province in southwest China. The city’s perpetual spring-like weather and annual average temperature of 15°C led to it being called the City of Eternal Spring. Kunming is located at an altitude of 1,900 ft (6,234 ft), just north of the Tropic of Cancer. According to China’s 2010 census, Kunming has a population of 6,432,212 with 64% of its resident population living in the city and 36% in the rural suburbs. Kunming is the political and economic center of Yunnan, and is the seat of the provincial government. It is also home to several museums, galleries, and important economic, cultural and educational institutions. In recent decades, the city has been developed into a trade hub linking to South Asia with East Asia and other parts of the world.

Weather

Kunming is at an altitude of 1900 m above sea level. The weather is normally pleasantly dry and clear in early March. Mid-day temperatures can go up to 25 C, but when the sun goes down it quickly cools down to below 10 C. We recommend warm clothing for the evenings and spring clothing for the daytime. The conference room will be heated when necessary. Unlike many Chinese cities, air pollution is not a problem in Kunming, although the prolonged dry season makes it pretty dusty. People with unusually high sensitivity to dust may suffer minor inconvenience when outside. The altitude may cause some shortness of breath when doing physical activities, e.g. climbing stairs. Comfortable walking shoes such as sneakers are ideal for the field visit.

Money

A variety of credit cards including VISA and MasterCard are accepted at major hotels and shopping malls. Travelers who carry internationally-recognized credit cards should be able to withdraw local currency at most ATMs. There is one ATM at the Expo Garden Hotel. The nearest bank is about a 10 minute walk from the hotel. China’s currency is the yuan, also known as RMB (renminbi), CNY or, colloqually, as kuai (buck). The exchange rate from CNY to USD is about 6.35 to 1, subject to exchange rate at the time.

Time zone

Beijing time (GMT+8) is used in the whole of the China.

Language

The conference will be held in English, while China’s official language is Mandarin Chinese.

Lunch

Lunch will be served at the Expo Garden Hotel. Any special dietary requirements should be communicated on the registration form upon confirmation of participation or to Ms Carly Biondi (cmb4292@gmail.com).

Water

Tap water is not recommended for drinking. Bottled water is provided by the hotel (2 bottles in the room).

Medical

You are required to prepare your own medical and travel insurance while travelling in China.

There will be basic medications available e.g. for headaches, stomachaches, etc. But should you be on regular medication, you are encouraged to carry sufficient supplies of the same.

Lost/delayed baggage

In case of any baggage loss or delay, please complete the required formalities at the airport and upon arrival at the hotel, hand over the documentation to the conference staff. You are, however, advised to have a set of clothing in your hand luggage which will be useful if you lose or experience delays in obtaining your luggage. Additionally, at the point of boarding your connecting flight, kindly request the respective airline staff to confirm that your luggage, as indicated in the boarding pass, is indeed loaded in the aircraft.

Tipping & VAT

Tipping is not expected in China, but it is enormously appreciated. Upmarket hotels and some restaurants may add a 5% service charge on top of the government’s 10% value-added tax (VAT).

Power

The standard electricity supply is 220 volts AC/60 cycles. Please bring your own adapters if your appliances require different voltage to operate.