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Electricity in China

Sockets in China
Sockets in China

Domestic electricity supply voltage varies between countries. In China, the common voltage is 220V, 50HZ, AC (Hong Kong is 220V; Taiwan is 110V). Over 30 countries (including those in North America) use a voltage of 110V~130V, while another 120 countries (including most of Europe) use a voltage of 220V~230V; the supply voltage of Japan is 100V, 50/60HZ.

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.

 Electricity Voltage

The following information refers to the electricity voltage of some countries:

Argentina 220V/50HZ Australia 240V/50HZ
Belgium 230V/50HZ Brazil 110-220V/60HZ
Britain 230V/50HZ Burma 230V/50HZ
Canada 120V/60HZ Cuba 120V/60HZ
Denmark 230V/50HZ Egypt 220V/50HZ
Finland 230V/50HZ France 230V/50HZ
Germany 230V/50HZ Greece 230V/50HZ
Hungary 220V/50HZ India 230V/50HZ
Indonesia 220V/50HZ Italy 230V/50HZ
Japan 100V/50-60HZ Malaysia 240V/50HZ
Mexico 127V/60HZ Netherlands 230V/50HZ
New Zealand 240V/50HZ Portugal 230V/50HZ
Russia 220V/50HZ Saudi Arabia 127V-220V/60HZ
Singapore 230V/50HZ South Africa 220V/50HZ
South Korea 220V/60HZ Spain 230V/50HZ
Sri Lanka 230V/50HZ Sweden 230V/50HZ
Switzerland 230V/50HZ Thailand 220V/50HZ
Turkey 220V/50HZ Vietnam 220V/50HZ
U.S.A. 120V/60HZ


 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:

European standard
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.

American standard
This is an American-standard socket, which is widely used in the USA, Japan, Canada and other countries.

 British standard
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.

 Chinese standard
Such a socket is common in China, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries.