How to Call China From the United States

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Whether you plan to shop the huge metropolises or visit the grasslands of Mongolia, use these directions to aid you in your travel plans or to contact a relative back home.

Things You'll Need

  • Foreign Language Phrase Books
  • Travel Guides
  • Telephones
  • Clocks
  • Telephone Calling Cards
  • Determine what time it is in China before you call. It will be 13 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time in the United States (8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time).

  • Dial the international access code, 011.

  • Dial the country code for China, 86.

  • Dial the city code for the city you wish to call. Codes for some major cities in China include 1 for Beijing and 21 for Shanghai.

  • Dial the rest of the telephone number.

Tips & Warnings

  • All of China is set to Beijing time.
  • If you follow these steps but still can't connect, dial 00 and ask the international operator to help you place the call.
  • It can be very expensive to call long distance during business hours, so try to make your phone calls in the evenings and on weekends.

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