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Making International Calls to China

July 27, 2010

Using a BananaCall plan, you will be able to achieve great savings on your international calls to any phone destination in China. This happens because when dialing with a phone card, your call is routed in order to achieve a smaller rate per minute. The call quality, however, remains the same as for a direct call, but you end up paying considerably less.

When you want to use your BananaCall plan to call China, you'll need to know a few things about dialing this country from your location. To begin with, make sure that you're calling at a decent hour. China's time zone is GMT/UTC + 8, so be sure to determine the local time before placing your calls. You probably don't want to wake up whoever you're calling in the middle of the night with your phone call.

After this, you may use your calling plan to place calls to any phone in China. The dialing process is rather simple once you get the hang of it, and you can also use the special features that BananaCall provides to all its users (Speed Dial, Hot Dial, Automatic Recharge, etc).

Here are the steps you'll need to follow (when none of the options above is activated on your card):

  1. Dial the access number that was given to you when you received your calling card (via email); alternatively, for greater savings, you can use a Local Access Number;
  2. Enter the PIN number (unless you're using PINless dialing);
  3. When prompted, enter the destination number in international format, as follows:
    011 (exit code) + 86 (China's international code) + Area Code + Phone Number

To determine which area code you need to dial, you'll need to know the city in which the person you're calling is located. Unless of course you already have the destination number with the area code included.

In order to determine the area code yourself, here are the dialing codes for China's cities:

Akesu - Xinjiang 997
Ankang - Shaanxi 915
Anqing - Anhui 556
Baicheng - Jilin 436
Baise - Guangxi 776
Bama - Guangxi 7808
Baodin - Hebei 312
Baoji - Shaanxi 917
Baotou - Nei Mongol 472
Bazhong - Sichuan 8279
Beihai - Guangxi 779
Changbai - Jilin 4458
Changchun - Jilin 431
Changde - Hunan 736
Changzhou - Jiangsu 519
Chaozhou - Guangdong 7681
Chengde - Hebei 314
Chengdu - Sichuan 28
Chifeng - Nei Mongol 476
Dezhou - Shandong 534
Dinxi - Gansu 932
Dinyuan - Anhui 5604
Dongfang - Hainan 8003
Erlunchun - Nei Mongol 4803
Ezhou - Hubei 711
Fuzhou - Fujian 591
Ganzhou - Jiangxi 797
Haikou - Hainan 898
Hengyang - Hunan 734
Henshan - Hunan 7446
Heshuo - Xinjiang 996
Hetian - Xinjiang 9032
Heze - Shandong 530
Hohhot - Nei Mongol 471
Houma - Shanxi 3651
Huachi - Gansu 9447
Huai-an - Jiangsu 517
Huaihua - Hunan 7402
Huaiyuan - Anhui 552
Huanglin - Shaanxi 911
Huangmei - Hubei 7238
Runan - Henan 3013
Shangzhou - Shaanxi 914
Shantou - Guangdong 754
Tuquan - Neimengu 4858
Turufan - Xinjiang 995
Urumqi - Xinjiang 991
Wuhu - Anhui 553
Wulanhaote - Nei Mongol 4814
Wuwei - Gansu 935
Xianju - Zhejiang 576
Xianyang - Shaanxi 910
Xichang - Sichuan 834
Xifeng - Guizhou 8638
Xin-tai - Shandong 5482
Xuejiawan - Nei Mongol 477
Xuzhou - Jiangsu 516
Yi-yang - Hunan 737
Yibin - Sichuan 831
Yongchuan - Sichuan 814
Yongfu - Guangxi 7848
Yongxiu - Jiangxi 792
Yu-shu - Jilin 4415
Zigong - Sichuan 813
Zigui - Hubei 7278
Ziyuan - Guangxi 7852
Zunhua - Hebei 315
Zunyi - Guizhou 852

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