China Time: Zones and Time Differences

china time zones *Source: Wikimedia Commons

Although geographically China spans five time zones, all clocks throughout China are set eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

That means that as you travel within China, you will never have to adjust your watch. Whether you travel from Beijing in the East, to Sichuan in the West, there will not be a time difference.

It is different than when you travel for example from Florida (Eastern Time) to California (Pacific Time) and then have to adjust your watch back three hours.

The only time difference you will need to worry about is the one from your home country to China and getting used to the "new time" upon arrival.

Here is a comparison to use as a guideline:

Time Differences between some Major Cities and China
Country City +/- hours
USA New York -13
USA Miami -13
USA Chicago -14
USA San Francisco -16
USA Honolulu -18
Canada Vancouver -16
Canada Toronto -13
Mexico Mexico City -14
Brazil Sao Paulo -11
Chile Santiago -12
Panama Panama -13
Argentina Buenos Aires -11
Colombia Bogotá -13
United Kingdom London -8
France Paris -7
Spain Madrid -7
Netherlands Amsterdam -7
Germany Frankfurt -7
Switzerland Zurich -7
Finland Helsinki -6
Russia Moscow -5
UAE Dubai -4
India Bombay -2:30
Iraq Baghdad -5
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur 0
Thailand Bangkok -1
Singapore Singapore 0
Vietnam Hanoi -1
Indonesia Jakarta -1
Japan Tokyo +1
South Korea Seoul +1
Australia Sydney +2
Australia Perth 0
New Zealand Auckland +4
Fiji Suva +4
Tahiti Papeete -18
Egypt Cairo -6
South Africa Johannesburg -6
South Africa Cape Town -6
Kenya Nairobi -5
Nigeria Lagos -7

Also note that there is no Daylight Savings Time in China, if your country observes DST you will need to adjust the above table accordingly.

People react and are affected differently when flying accross time zones. Here are a couple of things we have found useful during our long-haul flights:

  • Drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated
  • Wear comfortable clothes
  • Avoid fatty foods and caffeine
  • Kids seem to be immune to jetlag, bring plenty of stuff to keep them entertained in the long flight if it is a day flight

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