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 Dialing China from Abroad Using a Landline Telephone / Cell Phone

 To Dial a Telephone

Dial the Exit Number of Your Country==> +86 (Country Code of China)==> +Area Code of the Chinese City==> +Telephone Number

For example: if you want to dial the number 12345678 in Beijing from America: 011(US exit code) + 86 (Chinese country code) + 10 (Beijing area code) + 12345678

 To Dail a Cell Phone

Dial the Exit Number of Your Country ==> +86 (Country Code of China) ==> +Cell Phone Number

For Example: if you want to dial a cell phone number 12345678901: 011(US exit code) + 86  (Chinese country code) + 12345678901 

 Dialing Abroad from China Using a Landline Telephone / Cell Phone

 To Dial a Telephone 

00 (Exit Code of China)==>Country Code of the country You Are Going to Call==>+Area Code of the Place You Are Going to Call==>+Cell Phone Number

Public Phones in Beijing International Airport
Public Phones in Beijing International Airport
For Example: if you want to dial a telephone number 12345678 of London, UK: 00 (China exit code) + 44 (country code of UK) + 20 (area code of London) ==> + 12345678

Tip: If the place you are going to call only has a country / area code: 00 (Exit Code of China) + Country / Area Code of the Place You Are Going to Call + Telephone Number
For example: if you want to dial a telephone number 12345678 of Singapore: 00 (Exit code of China) + 65 (country / area code of Singapore) + 12345678



 To dail a cell phone
00 (Exit Code of China)==>Country Code of the country You Are Going to Call==>+Cell Phone Number

For Example: if you want to dial a cell phone number 12345678901 of London, UK: 00 (China exit code) + 44 (country code of UK) ==> + 12345678901

Here below are some of other countries'/regions' exit code and country code for reference:
Country / Area Exit Code Country Code
Mainland China 00 86
Hong Kong 001 852
Macau 00 853
Taiwan 002 886
Australia 0011 61
Canada 011 1
Egypt 00 20
Ireland 00 353
New Zealand 00 64
Singapore 001 65
South Africa 09 27
United Kingdom 00 44
United States 011 1


 Dialing within China

 To Dial a Telephone Using a Landline Telephone / Cell Phone
A Local Call: Dial the telephone number directly
A Long-distance Call:

0==>+ Area Code of the City You Are Going to Call==>+Telephone Number

Public Phone Booth in Chongqing
Public Phone Booth in Chongqing
For example: if you want to dial a Beijing number 12345678 from Shanghai: 0 + 10 (area code of Beijing) + 12345678

  To Dial a Cell Phone Using a Telephone
A Local Call: Dial the cell phone number directly
A Long-distance Call: 0 + Cell Phone Number
For example, if you want to dial a Beijing cell number 12345678901 in Xian: 0 + 12345678901

  To Dial a Cell Phone Using a Cell Phone
A Local / Long-distance Call: Dial the cell phone number directly

Note:
Please refer to China area code and zip code for detailed codes of major cities.

 Tips: 

1.  It is cheaper to make an international call in many of the world's countries than in China. If possible, you can ask the receiver to call back when in China.
2. The above mentioned instructions are all regarding direct dialing. They are the easiest but most expensive. In China, telecommunication service providers usually offer an IP service for international and long-distance calls, which is much cheaper. For example, the IP numbers of the country's three largest telecom operators are 17900 / 17901 for China Telecom, 17951 / 12593 for China Mobile, and 17910 / 17911 for China Unicom. Just dial the IP number before the telephone or cell phone number, it will save you money.
Public Phone in Beijing
Public Phone in Beijing
For example, if you are using the service of China Mobile and are going to dial a telephone number 12345678 of London, UK: 17951 / 12593 (IP number of China Mobile) + 00 (China exit code) + 44 (country code of UK) + 20 (area code of London) + 12345678
3. A cheaper way to make an international / long-distance call is using VOIP. In China, the popular VOIP service providers include Skype, Alicall, QQVoice…
4. Another cheaper way to make an international call is to use an international phone card. One of the most famous service providers of the kind is Pingo.
5. Do not leave your cell phone lying around; always put it in a safe place.
6. Do not give your phone number to strangers without good reason; exercise caution when speaking to strangers on the phone and do not provide any personal details if deemed unnecessary.
7. Do not call back a strange number without good reason as you may be the target of a hoax. They will call you, but hang up quickly. If you call back, the charge will be much higher than the normal rate.
Note: it is worthwhile memorizing some useful numbers. If you have any questions, you can then call the relevant number for help. In most cases a service in English is provided. For reference: Useful Telephone Numbers