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
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
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.
These phone numbers are effective anywhere
||China's intentional zip
|| Inner-city telephone mishap
|| Local phone directory
||Information on domestic