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Dear Participant,

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the 6th Asia Pacific Congress on Controversies to Consensus in Diabetes, Obesity and Hypertension (CODHy),
May 11-12, 2018 in Shanghai, China. In preparation for this upcoming Congress we would like to provide you with the below information for your perusal before travelling to join us at CODHy AP!


Included in this mail is the following information:
Currency
Congress Venue & Headquarter Hotel
Kerry Hotel Pudong
No. 1388 Hua Mu Road
Pudong, Shanghai
201204, China
Tel: (86 21) 6169 8888
Fax: (86 21) 6169 8899
Website: www.shangri-la.com/en/property/shanghai/kerryhotelpudong
Entry Visa to China
Entry Visa is a credential that allows people to enter and leave a country or transit across its borders. All foreign visitors traveling to mainland China, whether for business or pleasure, require a visa. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the duration of your intended stay. Visas are issued through Chinese embassies and consulates overseas.
Information about Visa requirements can be found on the World Travel Guide website: www.worldtravelguide.net
Getting to the Congress Hotel:
There are 2 airports in Shanghai: The International Pudong airport and the Domestic Hongqiao airport.

Those who will be flying directly will most likely fly to Pudong airport which is closer to the Congress Venue. There are 3 ways to get from Pudong airport to the hotel:
1. Taxi: It takes about 25-30 minutes off peak hours to get to the hotel. Peak hours are usually mornings 07:00-09:00 and 16:30-18:30. During peak hours it should not take more than 1 hour. Price range is between 100-150 RMB one way.

2. Maglev Train:
This is a bullet train that travels 400 km/h. It travels from the airport to the Longyang station (there is only 1 station) in 8 minutes. From the station it takes another 5 minutes by taxi to reach the hotel. Price for a one-way ticket is 50 RMB.

3. Metro line 2:
There is a metro line from the airport that will take you close to the hotel. You will then need to change to line 7 to reach the hotel. In total this can take you about 40 minutes and the price is around 5-10 RMB.

If you fly through another destination within China (such as via Beijing) you might land at Hongqiao airport, which is on the other side of Shanghai. Hongqiao airport is approximately a 1 hour drive off peak and between 1.5-2 hours drive during peak hours.
CODHy Registration Desk at the Kerry Hotel Pudong (Congress Venue & Headquarter Hotel)
The Registration desk will operate during the following hours:
Friday, May 11, 2018
07:30-20:00
Saturday, May 12, 2018
08:00-17:00
Exhibition Opening Hours
Friday, May 11, 2018
09:00-19:00
Saturday, May 12, 2018
09:00-16:00
Networking Reception
All registered participants are invited to the Networking Reception, which will take place on Friday, May 11 from 18:00-19:00. Please present your name tag at the entrance.
Lunches
Lunch Box pick-up will be available on Friday, May 11, 2018 prior to the Industry-Sponsored Symposium. Lunch Box pick-up will be available on Saturday, May 12, 2018 prior to the Industry-Sponsored Symposium. Please present your lunch coupon in order to receive your lunch.
Scientific Program
A very exciting and diverse program has been prepared for you and we are looking forward to your active participation at the various sessions. For the updated program, please click here
Public Health
Visitors entering China are required to complete a health declaration form. Check with your local doctor or health care professional about vaccination requirements before you plan your trip. The organizer recommends you drink only boiled or bottled water during your stay in Shanghai.

ComtecMed will not be responsible for any cancellations or delays caused by authorities due to lack of Visa or other required documentations.
Currency
The unit of money in China is known is Renminbi (RMB). The unit of money itself is called the Yuan (CNY). The paper money comes in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 50 and 100 Yuan. The Jiao's denomination can be 1, 2, 5; similarly with the Fen. 10 Fen is 1 Jiao and 10 Jiao is 1 Yuan. There is also coinage for 1 Yuan, 5 Jiao, as well as 1, 2 and 5 Fen. Fen is not commonly used in the coin form in daily life. The abbreviation of Renminbi is RMB or CNY with its symbol of ¥.

China is still a cash-dominated country. Places like major hotels, shopping malls, etc, do accept credit cards/traveler's checks, but most other places may have difficulty handling credit card/TC payment. Bank of China ATMs are easily found throughout; therefore, you can draw RMB with your credit cards.

The Bank of China and most hotels can cash traveler's checks issued by any foreign bank or financial institution. Foreign currency and traveler's checks are not regularly used in China, so you have to exchange them for Chinese Yuan at the Bank of China or the bank's cash centers at major airports and hotels.

Foreign credit cards accepted in China: Master Card, Visa, American Express, JCB, and Diners Club.
Taxes
A 15% surcharge, including government tax, is applicable in most hotels and some private restaurants.
Tipping
Tipping is not common practice in most sectors of Chinese life, although it has become the norm to tip tour guides, drivers and hotel bellmen in recognition of their good service. Many mid-range and top-end restaurants include their own service charge that varies. It is not customary to leave tips at local restaurants. However, any you do give will be much appreciated.
Typical Business Hours
Bank Hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday
Office Hours: 9am to 6pm, Monday through Friday
Shop Hours: 10am to 10pm daily
Drinking Water
The tap water in China is undrinkable. Drinking water is available from water dispensers and mineral water can be purchased in supermarkets. Mineral water prices range from 1 RMB to 10 RMB. The recommended brands of mineral water in China are Wa Ha Ha, Nestle and Nongfu Spring.
Dress Code
Informal for all occasions.
Language
English and Chinese are the official languages of the Congress. Simultaneous translation will be offered from English to Chinese and vice versa. Please be prepared to provide your I.D in order to receive your headset.
Time Zone
GMT: +8
Voltage
220 V
Mobile
GSM system
Climate
May is a warm month, and the weather is changeable. The average highest and lowest temperatures in Shanghai are 24 °C (75 °F) and 16 °C (61 °F).
Congress Organizer
ComtecMed Congress Management is the official Congress Organizer of the CODHy Asia Pacific Congress. ComtecMed works internationally with offices in Barcelona and Shanghai, offering solutions for medical, corporate and governmental meetings.
For more information, please visit: www.comtecmed.com