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NT09: Tenth International Conference on
the Science and Application of Nanotubes

Beijing, China
June 21-26, 2009
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NT09 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, please complete the "Incoming Overseas Scholars Application Form for Visa F" and send it to The organizers will then provide you with an invitation letter, which you can use for your visa application. For additional details, please contact the Chinese Embassy or Consulate, where you wish to apply for your visa.

Note to participants from Taiwan:
需要您發送一份中文簡歷到, 簡歷內容包括: 姓名, 性別, 工作單位, 聯繫方式, 不同時間的任職與教育情況, 以及發表的相關論文等事宜。

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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 take care of their own personal insurance. NT09 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 NT09 organizers at Provide your own name and contact information, the name of the participant and the nature of the emergency.
  • Call +86-133-1132-6195 and provide your own name and contact information, the name of the NT09 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 Noon in Central Europe, it is 19:00 in China.
  • When it is Noon on the U.S. East Coast, it is Midnight 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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