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About Visiting Center
To visit China, most non-Chinese citizens need to obtain a Chinese visa at the Chinese Embassy/Consulate in your country of nationality or country of residence.
To understand Chinese visa categories, please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China: http://cs.mfa.gov.cn/wgrlh/lhqz/lhqzjjs/t1095035.shtml
As the visa policy is subject to change, please contact your host in China and refer to the website of the Chinese Embassy/Consulate to determine which visa type is most suitable and what documents you should prepare.
Website of Chinese Embassy/Consulate: http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/wjb_663304/zwjg_665342/
The following three visa types cover most situations involving visiting or working at CCEAEG.
For academic exchange, attending meetings and related activities
To apply for an F visa, you may need an invitation letter from your host institute, CAS headquarters or the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs.
There are two types of F visas: single-entry and multiple-entry, with each stay being less than 90 days. Generally speaking, the validity of multiple-entry F visas is no more than a year.
Note: People with F visas are not allowed to earn income or work in China.
Applicants for a Z visa are required to provide a Notification Letter of Foreigner’s Work Permit issued by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs of China.
Note: A Z visa allows you to earn income in China. Holders of a Z visa shall, within 30 days of entry, apply to the human resource administration for a foreigner’s work permit and to the exit/entry administration of the public security organ for a foreigner’s residence permit.
There are two types of X visas: The X1 visa is issued to those who intend to study in China for a period of more than 180 days. The X2 visa is issued to those who intend to study in China for a period of no more than 180 days.
To apply for an X visa, you need an admission letter issued by a school or other entity in China. If you plan to study in China for more than 180 days, a “Visa Application for Study in China” (Form JW201 or Form JW202) is also needed.
Note: Holders of an X1 visa shall, within 30 days of entry, apply to the exit/entry administration of the public security organ for a foreigner’s residence permit.
2. Getting to CCEAEG, Map and Shanghai Transportation
32 Jiao Chang East Rd., Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Map of the area around CCEAEG
Travel to CCEAEG
From Kunming Changshui International Airport (KMG)
Approximate driving time is one hour and distance is 30 km.
Option 1 (34 minutes): Take a taxi at the official taxi stand (around 100 RMB).
Option 2 (70 minutes): Take the No.919 (Line A, A1, B) Airport Shuttle Bus to Xiaocaiyuan Station(around 30 RMB).
Option 3 (90 minutes) Take the Line Six to the East Bus Station and transfer to Line Three Metro, get off at Dongfeng Square, and transfer to Line Two Metro to Baiyun Rd. Station, take the Gate A exit, walk to Jinkangyuan Bus Station, take No.92 Bus and get off at Baiyun Rd. West Bus Station, walk about 209 meters, where is CCEAEG Located.
Kunming Railway Station
Approximate driving time is 20 minutes and distance is 12 km.
Take a taxi at the official taxi stand (around 18 RMB).
Option 1 ( 1 hour): Take Line One Metro to the Huancheng South Road Station, and transfer to the Line Two to Baiyun Rd. Station, take the Gate A exit, then walk about 20 minutes. (around 3 RMB)
Kunming South Railway Station
Approximate driving time is 55 minutes and distance is 37 km.
Option 1 (Two hour): Take Line One Metro to the Huancheng South Road Station, and transfer to the Line Two to Baiyun Rd. Station, take the Gate A exit, then walk about 20 minutes. (around 6 RMB)
More Transportation Information
Medical insurance is strongly recommended for foreigners travelling or living in China. If you do not have medical insurance, you can pay for treatment yourself at a hospital or clinic, but this could be very expensive. If you already have insurance from another country, please check whether the Chinese Mainland is covered.
4. Hotels Nearby
Hengsheng Hotel（昆明恒盛酒店）（5-minute walk from KIZ）
77 Longquan Rd., Wuhua District, Kunming, Yunnan (云南省昆明市五华区龙泉路77号）
Wenhui Hotel (文汇商务会议酒店)
253 Xuefu Rd., Wuhua District, Kunming, Yunnan (云南省昆明市五华区学府路253号)
5. Canteens and Restaurants Nearby
One canteen is located on campuses
Jian Xin Yuan (Rice Noodles) 建新园江岸分店
Ying Jiang Rd., Wuhua District, Shanghai （盈江路128号）
He Jia Yuan Zi 何家院子
12 Fei Cui Wan, Changqing Rd., Pan long District, Kunming, Yunnan（长青路翡翠湾12号商铺）
6. Hospital Nearby
First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University 昆明医科大学第一附属医院 （30 minutes’ drive）
295 Xichang Rd., Wuhua District, Kunming, Yunnan (昆明医科大学第一附属医院)
7. Kunming Weather Forecast
Electricity in China is 220 V. If you are travelling from a country that uses 110 V, you may need a converter for electrical devices.
There are two types of wall sockets in China (see photo). Some wall outlets only have one of the two socket types. The two-pin socket at the top can take plugs with two flat pins (Type A, as long as the two pins are the same size), or two round pins (Types C/E/F). Standard German plugs should fit this socket. The three-pin socket at the bottom takes Type I pins (same as Australia and New Zealand).
You may also find extension packs with universal sockets, which can take UK and other types of plug.
If in doubt, bring a universal adapter plug with you. Such adapters can also be bought in China.
9. Credit Cards and Currency
Credit cards are widely accepted in Shanghai, with some exceptions. Most hotels, restaurants and shopping centers accept credit cards, but taxi drivers don’t accept credit cards. ATMs will have signage showing what cards they accept. The following credit cards are widely accepted in China: Master Card, Visa, American Express, JCB and Diners Club.
Chinese currency (known either as RMB or yuan) can be exchanged at banks, airports and hotels. The exchange rate at the airport is usually less favorable than at other locations.
10. Important phone numbers
The Kunmingnese and Mandarin dialects of Chinese are both commonly spoken in Kunming. At CCEAEG, most researchers and students can communicate with you in English. People at hotels can speak English. Those at restaurants and shops, as well as some taxi drivers, are also likely to know a little English. When taking a taxi, you are encouraged to present the driver with your destination address written in Chinese. Signage in public places such as airports, railway stations, and metro stations, etc. is in Chinese and English.
12. More Information about Kunming