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CCTN09: Fifth International Symposium on
Computational Challenges and Tools for Nanotubes

Beijing, China
June 20, 2009
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CCTN09 General Information

Passports and Visas

Everybody entering China must bring a valid passport. Most foreign participants must also acquire an entry visa issued by a Chinese consulate in his/her country. Plan well ahead of time, since issuing entry visa may take weeks. In general, the applicant must apply in person. After you have paid the registration fee, you may generate a suitable invitation letter by clicking HERE. For additional details, please contact the Chinese Embassy or consulate, where you wish to apply for your visa.

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Currency Exchange

Only Chinese Yuan are acceptable as currency at stores and restaurants. You can exchange money at the airport or a bank. Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) can be found at the airport and throughout the city.


Participants are advised to takes care of their own personal insurance. CCTN09 organizers will carry no responsibility in case of an accident, sickness, theft or other property damage.

Emergency Contact Information

Emergency contact to participants can be arranged as follows:

  • Email the CCTN09 organizers at Provide your own name and contact information, the name of the participant and the nature of the emergency.
  • Call +86-????? and provide your own name and contact information, the name of the participant and the nature of the emergency.

Please consider the time difference with respect to your local time!

Time Zone Information

Local time is the same in Beijing as everywhere else in China. The Chinese time zone is GMT+8:00, meaning that time in Beijing is 8 hours later than Greenwich Mean Time (GMT or UT).

  • When it is Midnight in Central Europe, it is 7:00 in the morning in China.
  • When it is Midnight on the U.S. East Coast, it is Noon in China.

Electrical Appliances

China operates on 220 Volts, 50 Hz a/c for electrical appliances. A typical power socket, shown on the left, can accept European, U.S./Japan, and Australia-style power plugs. (Click on picture for full-size image.)


Tipping is not customary in China. In restaurants, bars and hotels, a 10% service surcharge charge is usually added to your bill.

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