M/XDR-TB meeting 2009

Meeting planner

Need to know

Medical emergency

  • International Medical Service Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMC) , 24 hour emergency service: +8610 6529-5284
  • Beijing International SOS Clinic +8610 6462-9112
  • Beijing United Family Clinic and Hospital +8610 5927-7120
  • Beijing Vista Clinic +8610 8529-6618

Insurance and liability

The WHO is not responsible for individual medical or personal insurance of participants, nor for loss or damage to luggage and/or personal belongings. Participants are advised to take out their own insurance policies.

Currency/language/weather/time/electrical plugs

The Chinese currency is the CNY ("Yuan") or RMB ("Ren-Min-Bi").

Major credit cards (Visa, Master, American Express) are accepted and most Chinese banks offer ATMs, however please note some foreign cards may not be accepted.

Travellers cheques can be changed at the hotel.

Mandarin Chinese is the official language of China and the native language of Beijing.

In general, temperatures in Beijing in April are moderate, with an average temperature of minimum +7 °C (+45 °F) and a maximum of +21 °C (70 °F).

Time difference: GMT+8.

Electrical outlets: A variety of electrical outlets can be found in China, so a good all-around adaptor plug set is recommended.

Telecommunication: International communications are good from Beijing and other major cities in China. Major international phone companies such as ATT, MCI, and Sprint are allowed to process international calls via their calling cards. The cost of international calls is generally higher than in North America or Europe. However, one can economise by using the services of different calling card companies, e.g. CNC, China Unicom. Calling cards in denominations of CNY 50-500 are easily available in shops and supermarkets.


The working language of the meeting will be English. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in Chinese, French and Russian.


During the meeting and the dinners, business attire is appropriate and cultural dress welcome.