RADIO & TV
A short-wave radio receiver
is worth bringing with you for world events
and breaking news. The national TV outfit,
Chinese Central Television (CCTV), has two
English channels - CCTV4 and CCTV9. Major
cities may have a second local channel,
like Beijing Television (BTV). Sports news
can be picked up on CCTV5 (in Chinese);
your hotel may have ESPN. Many hotels have
their own film channels.
Hong Kong's STAR TV broadcasts
via satellite to China and CNN is also available
in certain areas.
China subscribes to the PAL
broadcasting standard, the same as Australia,
New Zealand, the UK and most of Europe.
Competing systems not used in China include
SECAM (France, Germany, Luxembourg) and
NTSC (Canada, Japan and the USA). VCD and
DVD have rapidly become the standard.