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Information for visiting scholars at CIM

 Visa to China

Foreign visitor would need a valid entry visa to enter China . You can obtain a Chinese visa at Chinese Embassy/Consulate in your country of residence. Normally, a Google search will discover the location of the Chinese Consulate near your place.

• Travel

It is much more convenient to fly to Beijing Capital airport (PEK) for oversea visitors. PEK is about 120km away from Nankai university campus. The best way to arrive at Nankai campus from PEK is to take the airport shuttle at the Beijing Airport Exit (for Terminal 3 on the 1st floor Exit No. 3 , for Terminal 2 on the 1st floor Exit No.15, about 70 Chinese Yuan), and then take a taxi from the Tianjin shuttle station (Hongqi Road) to the south gate of Nankai University (12 Chinese Yuan). If you arrive in Beijing early and stay in the city for some time, you may take one of the Inter-City-Express trains from the south railway station in Beijing to Tianjin (58 Chinese Yuan) and then taking a taxi to the south gate of Nankai University (20 Chinese Yuan). The Shiingshen Building(Chern Institute of Mathematics CIM)is on the left of the south gate of Nankai University,  the Jianyuan Hotel (guesthouse of CIM) is on the right of the south gate of Nankai University, you may find the picture of the Shiing-shen Building and Jiayuan Hotel on the website: http://www.cim.nankai.edu.cn/nim_e/aboute%20us.htm

Please refer to web page:


Present the following words to the taxi driver for the south gate of Nankai University :

NanKai DaXue NanMen (Fukang lu TaiDa HuiGuan dui mian) , Xie Xie !

Bilingual notes for taxi drivers ( pdf )

• Bank

If you come from abroad, please have your currency exchanged before arrival or at the airport. The local transportation services only take Chinese Yuan (RMB). Of course, you can exchange for RMB at Bank of China anywhere in China .

There is a commercial bank located near the east gate of Nankai university. ATM machines are accessible for overseas account via VISA, MASTER and PLUS.

• Accommodation

During your stay at the Institute, visitors are housed in apartments at Nankai compus. Please contact Mr. Li to get the key for apartment and the door entrance card to the institute when you arrive.

Contact: Mr. Li (Office 301)

Please make sure you return your key when you leave.

• Meals

Meals can be purchased via the dinning hall or restaurant on the campus.

Weekdays lunch (10yuan per person) is served everyday at 12:00 p.m at the guesthouse of CIM (Jiayuan Hotel). To order, you need to sign up at the guard on the 1 st floor of Shiing-shen Building on the morning in advance.

• Tea Time

All CIM members and visitors are welcome to tea on weekdays from 3:00pm to 4:00 p.m. in Room 101 on the 1 st floor of the Shiing-shen Building .

• Accountant

Payments are usually made monthly and the first day when you arrive. Please submit one copy of your passport to the Accounting office. Please let our accountant know if you are going away or might be leaving in advance, so that we can adjust your reimbursement and make the payment in a timely manner.

Contact: Ms. Lu (Office 305 )

• Opening Time

The staffs of Institute are available from 8:00 am-11:30 am and from 2:00 pm-5:30 pm on Monday-Friday ( e.g. Office: 301-305 ) . The gate of CIM is opened from 7:00 am to 11:30 pm every day.

• Offices

Research visitors have individual offices at CIM. Computer facilities are available for each visitor in his/her office.


Visitors' offices have their own phones only available for using a 201 telephone card. We will provide a telephone card for local calling. Visitors can buy a telephone card at office 301 for international and private long-distance calls.

Contact: Mr. Li (Office 301)

• Library

The library is located on the 3rd floor to the 6th floor.

The Institute Library is open from 8:00 am-11:30 am and from 2:00 pm-5:30 pm on Monday-Friday. Visitors wishing to use the library should register to obtain a library card on the 6 th floor. Services available to non-members.

If you have any questions regarding computer please contact: Miss Deng (Office 6A Tel: 2350 8313);

and for the library card please contact: Mr. Yantao Zhang on the 4th floor(Tel: 2350 6821).

• Copy

There is a copy service room on the 4 th floor of the Library. The copy fee is needed (e.g. A4 0.20 Yuan/ page).

• Presentation

If visitor wants to give a presentation, the easiest way is to contact one of the related professors of CIM.

Comments and/or suggestions on the above presentation of information are highly welcomed.

Application materials can be sent by post or by E-mail to Mr.Bo Zhang.

Address: Chern Institute of Mathematics

    Nankai University, Weijin Road 94, Tianjin 300071 , P R China

E-mail: zhangbo2014@nankai.edu.cn

Tel: 0086-22-2350 1029

Fax: 0086-22-2350 8114

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