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Cell Phone
A cell phone is always useful to take abroad, but you must check that your phone's provider will function in the country that you intend to visit. There are important things to look for, either from the phone's manual or from your service provider before travelling. The GSM, or Global System for Mobile Communications, is commonly used all over the world.
Telecommunications in China are very advanced with much of the country using digital fiber optic cables. For domestic calls, the prefix "0" and the appropriate area code is used. International calls use the standard "00" prefix, followed by the county code, area code and number. China's international country code is "86", then you will need the city code (remember to drop the first 0). A list of city codes can be seen in our accompanying table.
Postal Service
In China, the postal service is one of the most efficient public systems around. Domestic prices are very cheap and international postage is very reasonable. Many tourist hotels have in house post offices for mail and shipping, but a hotel front desk is the easiest place to have mail dispatched. Delivery between large cities is usually overnight. Airmail is also pretty quick with an average letter or postcard taking between 5-10 days.
Internet Use
Internet access is widely available in China. Most good hotels provide an Internet service of some kind; whether in a Business centre or as part of the room facilities. Internet cafes are numerous and cheap. In some hotels you can find rooms that come with Internet access for use with your own computer. Internet Cafes are very popular now in China, and can be found in most places.

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