Visa & Travel

Invitation Letter for Visa Application

After you have registered and paid for Biocuration2015, you may request a letter of invitation with official stamp by writing to biocuration2015@big.ac.cn. Please include in your email your full name, title, affiliation, address, etc.

Your letter of invitation is intended to facilitate the process of obtaining a visa, not as a commitment of financial support from the conference, nor does it guarantee an entry visa. Obtaining a visa, if needed, is the responsibility of the participant.

We recommend you submit your visa application a month before your planned trip to China.

A complete list of all Chinese Embassies and consulates, including address and contact information, can be found at the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, PRC.

Flights

As the hub city in China, Beijing is easily accessed by all delegates. Delegates could find non-stop flight or one-stop flight to Beijing.

Accompanying Person

If you have accompanying person traveling with you and would like to book a ticket for your accompanying person to attend the welcome reception (260 CNY/person) on April 23 and three lunches (120 CNY/person) on April 24~26, please send an email to biocuration2015@big.ac.cn to book on a "first come, first serve" basis. Due to limited availability, however, this is used for estimating the number of accompanying persons. Please ask the confirmation at the registration desk.

Useful Chinese Phrases

Some useful Chinese phrases are provided. Please let us know if you have any additions and we will update from time to time. Please consider to print it out before your trip.

Arrival

Beijing Capital International Airport is located in the northeast part of the city, ~32 km (~20 mile) to the Conference venue. You are advised to change some Chinese money at the Bank of China Airport Service in the Terminal Building. So as to be able to pay for taxi and other minor costs.

Climate and Clothing

According to historical data, the average temperature during April 23-26 in Beijing is around 15°C (59°F), reaching the maximum at around 20°C (68°F) at daytime and droping down to around 9°C (48°F) at night. The average humidity on these days is around 42%. Click here for details.

Spring in Beijing comes in early April and lasts till the end of May. As mentioned above, however, there is a sharp difference in temperature between the day and the night during the conference dates. To visit Beijing in April, you may need to bring lightweight clothing such as long-sleeved shirts or T-shirts, plus one or two jackets and sweaters.

Currency and Banking

The official name for the currency of China is the renminbi and the ISO code for renminbi is CNY (an abbreviation for "Chinese Yuan"). Foreign currency can be exchanged for CNY at the airport, banks and hotels. Major credit cards are honored at most hotels. Banks usually open at 9:00 in the morning and close at 17:00 in the afternoon all working days.

Exchange rates:

  • Approximately CHF 1.0 = CNY 6.3
  • Approximately EUR 1.0 = CNY 7.6
  • Approximately GBP 1.0 = CNY 9.7
  • Approximately USD 1.0 = CNY 6.2
Click to check latest exchange rates provided by Bank of China.

Chinese Yuan

To make things easier for you, it is highly recommended you carry Chinese Yuan in cash, which will be used in small restaurants and taxi, although credit cards are acceptable by most hotels and restaurants. ATM is widely available throughout the city.

Electricity

Electricity is supplied at 220V, 50Hz AC throughout China. Major hotels usually provide 115V outlet for razor.

Liability

The Conference Organizers and/or ISB cannot accept liability for personal accidents, loss of or damage to private property of participants, students and accompanying persons, either during, or directly arising from the Biocuration2015 Conference. Participants should make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.