86 is the country calling code for China.
China is a country on the continent of Asia. The capital city of China is Beijing.
How to Call China from the UK
To call a telephone number in China from the UK:
- Dial the international call prefix. For calls from the UK this is 00 (or '+' from mobile phones).
- Dial the country code for China - 86.
- Dial the number of the person/business, omitting the first zero if there is one.
Area Codes and Landlines
In China, landline numbers begin with an area code and end with an eight-digit number.
The largest cities have two-digit area codes. Area codes for smaller cities and towns are three digits in length.
The following are the area codes for a selection of cities in China:
- Beijing – 10
- Changchun – 431
- Changsha – 731
- Chengdu – 28
- Chongqing – 23
- Dalian – 411
- Dongguan – 769
- Foshan -757
- Guangzhou – 20
- Hangzhou – 571
- Harbin – 451
- Hefei – 551
- Jinan – 531
- Nanjing -25
- Qingdao – 532
- Shanghai – 21
- Shantou – 754
- Shenyang – 24
- Shenzhen – 755
- Suzhou – 512
- Tianjin – 22
- Urumqi – 991
- Wuhan – 27
- Xi’an – 29
- Zhengzhou – 371
When dialling a landline number from another area within China or from a Chinese mobile phone, a 0 prefix is used before the area code. When calling from a landline in the same area or from abroad, the 0 prefix is not required.
For example, to call a number in Beijing XXXXXXXX from abroad:
- Dial the international call prefix (00/+), China’s country code (86), the area code omitting the 0 and finally the subscriber number, e.g., 00-86-10-XXXXXXXX or +86-10-XXXXXXXX.
When making a telephone call to China from the UK, please note there is a time difference between China and the UK.
The time now in China is . The date is .
The time now in the UK is . The date is .
The time difference between China and UK (United Kingdom) is 7 hours.
The Chinese yuan (CNY) is the currency used in China.
The current exchange rates between the Chinese yuan and the British pound (CNY to GBP, GBP to CNY) are:
- 1 Chinese yuan (CNY) = 0.119 GBP
- 1 British pound (GBP) = 8.402 CNY
Exchange rates on this page were last updated on .
China – Facts and Figures
According to data from the World Bank, the population of China in recent years is:
- 2018 - 1,392,730,000
- 2017 - 1,386,395,000
- 2016 - 1,378,665,000
- 2015 - 1,371,220,000
- 2014 - 1,364,270,000
- 2013 - 1,357,380,000
Map of China
The map below shows the location of China.