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China China power plug : do I need a travel adapter?

If you travel to China, you'll need a travel adapter because they use a very specific type of plugs. Nevertheless, in the East of China (Beijing, Shanghai...), some hotels are equiped with international plugs (you can plug everything you want).


To know if you need a travel plug adapter to go to China, you have to consider 3 things : the shape of the plugs, the voltage and the frequency of the current delivered by electrical outlets in China.

Electrical outlets (sockets) and plugs used in China

Here are the shape of the sockets in China, and the the types of plugs used in China :

electrical socket type A in China
type A
electrical socket type I in China
type I
electrical socket type G* in China
type G*

plug type a  plug type i  plug type i2  

If none of your usual plug is compatible, you should buy a universal travel adapter to be able to plug your electric devices (please visit our selection on Amazon for details).

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Voltage and frequency in China

Voltage : 220 V
Frequency : 50 Hz