Accompanying Persons' Program
AQSIQ has organized a one half-day tour for Accompanying
Persons on Thursday, 25 October (morning). Buses will depart from the
lobby of the Okura Garden Hotel at 08:30 and will visit the Jade Buddha
Temple, Yu Garden, and the old city (Chenghuang Temple). Further information
is available here:
Arrival & Transport to Shanghai
Shanghai International Airports
Shanghai has two international airports, Pudong and
Hongqiao. Details of each, together with full flight timetables, can
be found on the Shanghai
Airport Authority web site. The easiest way to travel from Pudong
Airport to Shanghai City Center is by using the Maglev Train. The journey
time is approximately 20 minutes to Longyang Road (Metro Line 2), the
fare costs 50 yuan and there are departures every 15 minutes. Please
refer to the Shanghai
Maglev Transportation Development Company (SMTDC) web site for more
Shanghai City Center has an extensive, modern, efficient
and inexpensive Subway network comprising 5 lines. For a Subway Plan,
photos and a detailed history of its construction, please
visit this site.
The weather in Shanghai in October is generally pleasant
- temperatures should range between 14 °C to 22 °C. For a 3-day
forecast, the following site may be consulted: Shanghai
Currency, Banking, Credit cards
The currency used in China is the Renminbi (RMB), literally
"The People's Currency", more commonly referred to as the
"yuan". The following site can be used to calculate specific
and photos of the bank notes can be seen here.
Major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express,
Diners Card) are accepted by hotels and restaurants in Shanghai and
cash can be withdrawn from automatic teller machines. Currency can be
exchanged at banks.
The voltage in Shanghai is 220 V AC/50 Hz. Outlets in
China generally accept 2 types of plug (see
diagrams); adapters are on sale in the airport boutiques and in
shopping centers. Visitors using laptops will require adaptors and should
please bring their own.
The organizers cannot accept responsibility for any
accidents, losses and/or damages, which may occur. Delegates are advised
to obtain appropriate travel, medical, personal accident and luggage
insurance in their home country, prior to departure.
Four to five computers will be available (free of charge)
equipped with high-speed internet access in a room adjacent to the Grand
Ballroom at the Okura Garden Hotel for use by Delegates during meeting
The 42nd CIML Meeting will be held in English; no translation
will be provided. AQSIQ and BIML Staff will make every effort to assist
Delegates with any language difficulties.
Lunches and refreshment breaks
Buffet lunch will be served to Delegates (and Accompanying
Persons if they wish to attend) throughout the week of the CIML Meeting
in the Breakfast Room on the lobby floor of the Okura Garden Hotel.
Refreshment breaks will also be served in the morning and afternoon
Medical / vaccinations
Certain vaccinations are recommended, and Delegates
are advised to seek professional advice from their doctor one to two
months prior to departure as to whether they should be vaccinated for
example against hepatitis A and typhoid fever. This
web site contains information on vaccinations, as well as much other
information, but should not be regarded as a substitute for advice from
a qualified professional.
Delegates should please note that no paper documents
will be available during the meeting and no paper event brochure
will be published, since the internet is the best way of relaying information
on the events. All the meeting documents will be made available for
download via the CIML Meeting Agenda page
which Delegates are invited to visit frequently to be sure of having
the most recent versions and the latest details.
Shanghai time is GMT + 8 hours. Local time, and various
other pieces of information concerning Shanghai (and all other cities
in the world) can be found at the World
Time and Date web site.
Tipping should be at your own discretion and for good
service only. As a guide, add 10 % to a restaurant bill and round a
taxi fare up to the nearest yuan.