How to call China (country code +86)

Calling to China

… to a mobile (cellular) phone or text (sms)

Use the same call sequence.

Mobile phone numbers begin with ‘1’, except for ’10’ (the area code for Beijing).

When calling a mobile phone user, call to the country where the mobile phone is registered, regardless of where the person being called is currently roaming.

… to a VoIP phone

Use the same call sequence.

VoIP phone numbers begin with ‘179’.

When calling a VoIP phone user, call to the country where the VoIP phone is registered, regardless of where the person being called is currently roaming.

… to a satellite phone

ChinaSat has phone numbers allocated with the starting number ‘1349’.

Most satellite phones operate on their own country code – calls to these satellite phones follow their own call sequence.

… sending a fax

Use the same call sequence.

Calling within China (domestic calling)

‘0’ is used as a trunk prefix when calling to a landline in a different area code within China.

Local calling (within the same area code)

To call within the same area code, dial only the local phone number. Do not dial the trunk prefix ‘0’ or the area code.

seven to eight digits
local phone number

Long distance calling (to a different area code, or from a mobile phone)

To dial to a different area code, or when calling from a mobile phone dial the trunk prefix ‘0’ and the area code.

0two to three digitsseven to eight digits
trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number

Mobile calling (to a mobile phone)

To call a mobile phone dial the operator code followed by the phone number. There is no trunk prefix (leading ‘0’) when calling a mobile phone.

1xxseven digits
operator codephone number

Chinese phone numbers explained

Number details

Chinese phone numbers are ten to eleven digits.

The first two to three digits are a geographic (area) code.

Mobile numbers being with digit ‘1’ (except for ’10’ – the area code for Beijing).

An example of a Chinese phone number

The Fairmont Beijing lists its phone number in Beijing as +86 10 8511 7777.

Number explanation
86108511 7777
country code for Chinageographic (area) code for Beijinglocal phone number within Beijing
Local example – calling from another location in Beijing

To call within the same area code dial only the local phone number. Do not dial the the trunk prefix ‘0’ or the area code.

8511 7777
local phone number in Beijing
Long distance example – calling from Guangzhou, China (on the other side of the country)

To call to a different area code dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, followed by the area code and local phone number.

0108511 7777
trunk prefixgeographic (area) code for Beijinglocal phone number within Beijing
Mobile example – calling from a mobile phone (including a foreign mobile roaming in China)

To call from a mobile phone dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, followed by the area code and local phone number.

0108511 7777
trunk prefixgeographic (area) code for Beijinglocal phone number within Beijing
International example – calling from outside of China

To call from outside China, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by China’s country code of ’86’, followed by the local phone number.

Do not include a leading ‘0’ in the call when calling from outside China.

exit code86108511 7777
exit code for the country the call is dialed fromcountry code for Chinageographic (area) code for Beijinglocal phone number within Beijing

Calling from China

’00’ is used as an exit code when dialing an international phone call from China.

Calls to Hong KongMacau, and Taiwan are dialed as an international call by using the exit code.

Administrative and regulatory

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