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VISA application and invitation letter

We can assist you to apply for the F type Chinese visa by providing you an official letter, Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Unit. Since it takes about 1 month to obtain a complete visa letter, please send us the complete visa application information of you and accompanying persons before October 15, 2017 either via the website or email ( if you need a visa letter. The information includes: Your name (Full Name as it appears on your passport), Gender, Date of Birth, Nationality, Passport Number, Scanned Passport, Affiliation, Address, Contact information, Brief educational background and work experience (Duration, Place and Position), Intended Entry Date and Staying Period, and which Chinese Embassy/Consulate to apply for the visa. If you have accompanying person(s), please also send us its(their) Name on Passport, Date of Birth, Kindredness, Passport Number and Scanned Passport. Student participants who need Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Unit, is required to provide us a letter signed by the supervisor confirming students' participation to the conference. The letter could be scanned and sent by email to the secretariat of SERS-2017 (

Individuals requiring an official letter of invitation to attend the Conference should write to the Conference Secretariat. This procedure is designed to assist participants who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the Conference and does not cover registration fees or other expenses. The invitation does not imply provision of financial or other support.


No responsibility can be assured for any kind of personal accidents, sickness, theft, or property damage suffered by conference participants. Participants are advised to arrange whatever insurance they consider it necessary.

Currency and credit cards

The unit of Chinese currency is Yuan (or RMB/CNY). The exchange rate is subject to market fluctuations. One US dollar is equivalent to approximately 6.9 RMB as of March 19, 2017. Major credit cards including VISA, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted at some hotels, department stores and restaurants.


Tipping is not a part of Chinese custom. No tipping is expected unless you are provided with extra service. It is not necessary to tip a taxi driver unless he/she assists with luggage or provides extra service.

ElectricityOrdinary Socket

The standard domestic power supply in China is 220 V AC at 50 Hz. The standard sockets are two parallel lines and three lines as shown on the right photo.

Time and Business hours

China is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Meantime. Typical business hours in government and private offices are from 8:00 to 17:00 and closed on Saturday & Sunday. Most shops and banks are open from 9:00 to 19:00 or later, and open seven days a week.


Xiamen is a subtropical coastal city. The temperature in December is between 12 °C and 19 °C. The averaged precipitation in December is about 27 mm. You are recommended to have summer dress and bring umbrella with you.


With 70 international and domestic air routes opened, Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport is the fourth largest air traffic hub in mainland China after Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Daily direct domestic flights are available from major cities, e.g., daily 13 flights from Beijing, 21 flights from Shanghai, and 4 flights from Hongkong. In addition, you can also go by direct flight to international destinations such as Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, Bangkok, Manila, and Kuala Lumpur.
Going from one place to another within the city is fairly easy with over 50 public transport routes with a fare of 1~2 yuan or by taxis at a reasonable fare.
The taxi fee from airport to Xiamen University is ca. 42 yuan in the daytime and ca. 55 yuan after 11:00 pm. For participants arriving at the train station, you can take bus route 1 or 21 to Xiamen University (last stop) and the taxi fee is around 16 yuan.

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