How to make a phone call in China

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In the process of  planning your China tour, one thing that may linger in your mind is how to make a phone call to China from abroad or within China while traveling in China. Below are some useful tips for you to get familiar with the rules and methods on your phone calls to and in China.

1.Call China from abroad

Call a landline phone in China from abroad
If you are going to call a fixed phone in a particular city in China, please dial the exit number of your home country (011 for USA) +0086 ( Chinese country code) + city code (10 for Beijing) + phone number.

For example, dialing tour-beijing.com from USA : 011 – 0086 – 10 – 67160201.

Call a cell phone in China from Abroad
If you are going to call a mobile phone in a particular city in China, please dial the exit number of your home country (011 for USA) + 0086 (Chinese country code) + cell phone number.

For example, dialing tour-beijing.com from USA : 011 – 0086 – 13520598855.

2. Make a long distance phone call within China

Call a landline phone or cell phone from a fixed phone within China
Fixed phone: 0 + area code + fixed phone number ( if call in the same city, no need for “0”)
Mobile phone:  0 + cell phone number ( if same city call, no need for “0”)

For example, if you are going to either call our Beijing office fixed phone number or emergence mobile phone from Xian, you should dial as follows:
Call to Fixed phone: 010 (Beijing Area Code) + 67160201
Call to Cell phone: 0 +  13520598855

Call a fixed number or cell phone from a mobile phone within China
Call to Fixed phone: 0 + city area code + fixed phone number
Call to Mobile phone: Just directly dial the mobile phone number

For example, if you are going to either call our Beijing office fixed phone number or emergence mobile phone from Xian, you should dial as follows:
Fixed phone: 010 (Beijing Area Code) + 67160201
Cell phone: 13520598855

Remark: For a particular area code in China, please refer to the following major area codes in China:

Beijing 010, Xian 029, Shanghai 021, Guilin 0773, Hong Kong 00852, Chengdu 028, Guangzhou 020, Lhasa 0891, Hangzhou 0571, Chongqing 023, Tianjin 022, Harbin 0451, Hohhot 0471, Wuhan 027……

 

Public Phones in Beijing International Airport

3. Take a cell phone from your home country
If you want to use your cell phone from your home country, please make sure that you cell phone works in China. If you arrive in China and find that your phone doesn’t work, don’t feel bad for it is quite easy to get a cell phone here. Indeed.

Question One:
How do I call long distance to location in China while in China on my personal cell phone from US?

You may just dial the phone number of the location with the two choices below:

1) Mobile Phone of the location: just dial the mobile phone number ( no need for country and area codes);
2) Landline Phone of the location: dial the area codes + the landline phone number.

PS. Basically your mobile service offered by your US company should partner with China Unicom or China Mobile.

Enjoy your China trip!

4. Purchase a Cell Phone in China
It is quite easy to buy a cell phone in China. Cell phones are about as many as barber shops. Make sure it supports the languages you need.

5. Purchase a Pre-paid SIM Card
Arriving in China, you will find that your cell phone is linked to a network that you can receive calls and text messages.  This means your cell phone carrier of your home country has some kind of contract with a local Chinese carrier, having you connected in China. However, the roaming charges are very high. you should get a local number here with a local network.

Looking for a prepaid sim card for use in China? If you will be traveling to China, and you would like to keep contact with your relatives and friends at your home country through your cell phone, China Unicom Sim Card is your easy sim card solution – Surf, Text, Talk at super-fast 4G speed!

China Unicom SIM card airtime credits allow users to make voice calls, send texts or multi-media messages, or surf the internet when there is no more balance left in their basic 4G data service package. The following table shows the tariff of using airtime credit.

Check out China Unicom SIM Card  for more information.

 

Public Phones in Beijing International Airport 1

 

 6. Useful public Service Phone Numbers
110———————————————-Police
119———————————————-Fire
120———————————————-Ambulance
114 ———————————————Local Telephone Information
117 ——————————————– Time Check
121———————————————-Weather Information
122———————————————-Traffic accidentsAdd On

China Unicom SIM Card
(Your Best Prepaid SIM Plans for your Mobile Phone in China)
Useful Phone Numbers in Beijing.

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Any questions, just drop a line.

3 Responses to “How to make a phone call in China”

  1. DAVE says:

    HOW DO I PHONE SOMEONE IN BEIJING WHEN I AM IN BEIJING USING MY HOME PHONE NOT A CELL PHONE TO THEIR HOME PHONE NOT THEIR CELL PHONE?

  2. michael says:

    how do I call long distance to location in China while in China on my personal cell phone from US

  3. Daniel says:

    Dear Michael,

    As far as I know, you just dial the phone number of the location with the two choices below:

    1) Mobile Phone of the location: just dial the mobile phone number ( no need for country and area codes);
    2) Landline Phone of the location: dial the area codes + the landline phone number.

    PS. Basically your mobile service offered by your US company should partner with China Unicom or China Mobile.

    Enjoy your China trip!

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