Practical Information

Phone Cards & Long Distance Calling

Internet Phone cards (IP Card) are very common in China .They can be found in hotels, news kiosks, airports and many stores. These cards can be used for domestic long distance and international calls. International rates run from RMB 2.5 to 3.5 per minute. Conventional phone cards are twice the price and are found only in hotels and telecommunication shops. Dialing direct and calling collect are more expensive options.

For local calls, a mobile phone isn’t a necessity since there are many card-operated phone booths in the city-one can purchase the necessary “IC” phone cards in mom-and-pop shops, newsstands and phone stores. Furthermore, many small shops prominently display (usually red) phones that customers can use for a fee.