Want to learn more about the Chinese telephone code plan? Find out which Chinese phone number type is the best fit for your business.
Understanding the Chinese Telephone Code Plan
Chinese phone numbers are organized and assigned by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. According to their plan, there are different formats for landlines, mobile numbers, and toll free numbers. The Chinese country code is (+86).
We will delve into the finer details of the Chinese telephone code plan so you can find the right business phone number for your company.
1. Chinese Local Numbers
In major Chinese cities, landlines or local numbers have a 2-digit area code followed by an 8-digit subscriber number. Some cities have a 3-digit area code with a 7- or 8-digit subscriber number. When a local landline number is called from another number within the same area, the area code does not need to be dialed. Local Chinese numbers with area codes include:
- Beijing (10)
- Guangzhou (20)
- Tianjin (22)
- Shanghai (21)
- Zhengzhou (371)
- Xiantao, Tianmen, Qianjiang (728)
The format for Chinese local numbers is:
(area code) + xxxx-xxxx
As a business, in or outside of the telecom industry in China, having a local number lets local customers call you by paying regular local calling charges. And so, even if your business is not located in the country, customers do not have to pay high international calling charges to get support.
2. Chinese Toll Free Numbers
China toll free numbers are business numbers that give local Chinese callers a free calling option. This is because toll free service providers charge the business using the toll free number instead of the caller. By doing so, you give interested and potential customers a way to contact your business for free.
An international business located outside of China can use these numbers to gain more Chinese customers or build local networks. Incoming calls can be forwarded to your office, wherever it is located.
The format for Chinese toll free numbers is:
(010) + (800) + xxx-xxxx
3. Chinese 400 Numbers
China 400 numbers are also a part of the Chinese telephone code plan. As their name indicates, 400 numbers start with the prefix (400). These numbers are reachable from anywhere in the country, making them a good business phone number option.
The format for Chinese national numbers is:
(400) + xxx-xxxx
4. Chinese International Codes
China has four international call prefixes that residents, businesses, and foreign callers can use. These international codes include:
- Mainland China (+86)
- Hong Kong (+852)
- Macau (+853)
- Taiwan (+886)
Getting Chinese Phone Numbers
Global Call Forwarding offers a variety of Chinese phone numbers that work within the Chinese telephone code plan. You can use these numbers to start a new business in the country or expand your business to China. Call us today to learn more!