Sockets in China
If you visit China and wish to bring electric devices for use during your stay, a transformer, which can be bought in China for CNY100-200, is necessary. Most of the hotels in China have both 110V and 220V electrical outlets in the bathrooms, though in guest rooms usually only 220V sockets are available.
As the shape of a socket varies between countries, a portable plug adaptor may also be necessary. It can be purchased from stores (such as Franzus) or electronics stores (i.e. RadioShack, Best Buy) in your local countries. Also you can buy it in China.
1. Electricity Voltage
The following information refers to the electricity voltage of some countries:
|Argentina 220V/50HZ||Barbados 115V/50HZ||Belgium 220V/50HZ|
|Brazil 127-220V/60HZ||Britain 240V/50HZ||Burma 230V/50HZ|
|Canada 120V/60HZ||Cuba 120V/60HZ||Denmark 220V/50HZ|
|Egypt 220V/50HZ||Finland 220V/50HZ||France 220V/50HZ|
|Germany 230V/50HZ||Hungary 220V/50HZ||Italy 220V/50HZ|
|Malaysia 240V/50HZ||Mexico 120V/60HZ||Netherlands 220V/50HZ|
|Portugal 220V/50HZ||South Africa 220V/50HZ||South Korea 220V/60HZ|
|Spain 127V, 220V/50HZ||Sri Lanka 230V/50HZ||Togo 220V/50HZ|
|Vietnam 120V, 50HZ||Uganda 240V/50HZ||U.S.A. 120V/60HZ|
2. Standards of Sockets
At present, there are five main standards of sockets in the world, including the standards of Europe, America, Britain, South Africa and China. Hereunder are the related pictures for your reference:
This type of sockets (also called German-standard) is widely used in European countries. Plugs fit very well into such sockets, making it difficult for plugs to work loose by accident, which helps to increase safety.
This is an American-standard socket, which is widely used in the USA, Japan, Canada and other countries.
The British-standard socket is mainly used in Britain, Singapore and many other countries. Hong Kong also uses such a socket.
South African standard
This is a South African-standard socket, widely used in Africa and India. The upper hole is bigger than the two lower.
Such a socket is common in China, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries.