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How to Make Calls to/from Shanghai

Making Calls to Shanghai:

Dialling method from outside of China to Shanghai: 00-86-21-XXXXXXXX

00 is the international prefix used to dial somewhere outside of your country

86 is the international code used to dial to China

21 is the local area or city code used to dial to Shanghai.

XXXXXXXX is the local number you call


Making Local Calls within China:

Local calls within the same city require no Area Code. For Example, in Shanghai, calling another Shanghai- based number is just by dialling the 8- digit China number (or the 3-digit emergencies numbers for fire, police, ambulance)

Calls from Shanghai to another location in China require you dial the full domestic number (which always start with a zero).

Similarly, if you are calling a Shanghai number from outside the city but within China, dial the Area Code (021) and then the number.

Area/Region calling codes:

Beijing: 10

Chengdu: 28

Chongqing: 23

Guangzhou: 20

Guilin: 773

Hangzhou: 571

Huangshan: 559

Kunming: 871

Lhasa: 891

Nanjing: 25

Shanghai: 21

Shenyang: 24

Shenzhen: 755

Urumqi: 991

Xiamen: 592

Xian: 29

Making International Calls from China:

To make international calls from China, first dial 00 and then the country code (e.gAustralia is 61 while Ireland is 353)

International country dialing codes:

US & Canada: 1

Australia: 61


Hong Kong: 852

Macau: 853

New Zealand: 64

UK: 44

Then dial the Area Code followed by the phone number. You can also use your calling card to make international calls from Shanghai.

For other phone card companies, please check with your hotel for the local access numbers. The directions for placing an international card call vary from company to company.

You may use an IP card to save money. IP card is available from post offices and most convenience stores. A 50 Yuan card can yield up to an hour’s talk time depending on where you are calling. There should be instructions in English on the back of the card.

Click HERE tells you how to get Internet in city.

Click HERE gives you a guide to China mobile operators and phone cards.

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