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XINING

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Xining is the only large city in Qinghai and is the capital of the province which is located at the north-east of the province. It is a long established Chinese city, and has been a military garrison and trading centre since the 16th century. Chinese city.

Airport Information

Name of airport: Caojiapu Airport
Distance to city: 24 km
Airport Transport:
  • Bus
Airport tax: RMB 90 (international flights)

Visa

Home entry permit required for HK Chinese.
Visa is required for foreigners.
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Embassies and Consulates

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Customs

Customs allowance
  • Tobacco: 400 cigarettes
  • Liquor: two 75cl bottles of alcoholic beverages
Customs rules require an accounting of all valuables including watches, jewellery, cameras and currency that you are taking in. A copy of this is surrendered on departure and anything missing may well be treated as imported and duty required accordingly. Therefore make sure you obtain a police report for any goods stolen during your stay.
Recorded video-tapes must be declared and may be viewed by the Authorities on arrival.
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Currency

Renminbi (RMB)
Approximately RMB1 = HK$0.9297 = US$0.1197 (updated 25 Mar 1996)
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Time Zone

GMT: + 8
Difference from Hong Kong: + 0

Accommodation

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Transportation

Bus
Train

Tourist Attraction

Grand Mosque
Qinghai Lake - known as the Western Sea in ancient times, is somewhat surreal-looking saline lake lying 300 km west of Xining and 3200 metres above sea level. Is's the largest lake in China and contains huge numbers of fish.

Weather

Spring (Apr - Jun): 7.9 C
Summer (Jul - Sep): 17.2 C
Autumn (Oct - Dec): 6.5 C
Winter (Jan - Mar): -8.2 C

Language

Official Languages: Mandarin
Language of Business and Administration: Mandarin and English
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Electricity

220 volts, 50 cycles

Emergency Number

S.O.S. Worldwide Alarm Centres: Please click here
Ambulance: 120
Emergencies: 110
Fire: 119
Tel No. Enquiry: 114
Police: 110

Public Holidays

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