Practical Information

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 information.

Metro (Subway)

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 weather forecast

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 amounts: 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(MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Diners Card) are accepted by hotels and restaurants in Shanghai and cash can be withdrawn from automatic teller machines.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.

Internet access

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 hours.


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 each day.

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.

Meeting documents

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.

Time zone

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.