how to call China from Australia

Quick answer When calling a phone number from China, the country code of +86 needs to entered, followed by the area code in China and a local (or mobile) number in order to complete the call.

e.g - To dial the number in China (10) 83410308 from an Australian mobile, you’d dial: +86 10 83410308.

If calling from a landline, replace the + sign with 0011 followed by 86 (country code of China) and then the area code in China and local number.

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Understanding international dialling codes can be quite tricky. You will need the country code and the area code. It also helps to have a plan with unlimited international calls. Even knowing when to remove a zero or add a + sign to the number can be a damn-right headache!

Thankfully, we’ve summarised everything you’ll need to know about calling China from Australia. So read on and get dialling, the world is only a phone call away!


calling China from an Australian mobile

  1. Enter the + on your dial pad.* This is usually done by holding down the 0 key
  2. Enter the country code for China (86)
  3. Enter the area code in China you want to dial
  4. Finally, enter the local number of your family or friend

* Your phone automatically converts the "+" into the correct international exit code (depending on what country the phone is being used). This allows callers to use the same stored number no matter what county they are in. This is a great feature if you’re travelling abroad, using international roaming and calling your contacts while abroad.

Also remember to remove the first 0 if the area code/mobile number starts with 0

For example:

If you want to call a landline number in China:

For example, (10) 83410308 from an Australian mobile, you’d dial: +86 10 83410308

calling a landline number in China from a mobile

If you want to call a mobile number in China:

For example, 1343926 5956 from an Australian mobile, you’d dial: +86 1343926 5956

calling a mobile number in China from a mobile

calling China from an Australian landline

  1. Enter the Australian exit code (0011)
  2. Enter the country code for China (86)
  3. Enter the area code in China you want to dial
  4. Finally, enter the local number of your family or friend

Also remember to remove the first 0 if the area code/mobile number starts with 0

For example:

If you want to call a landline number in China:

For example, (10) 83410308 from an Australian landline, you’d dial: 0011 86 10 83410308

calling a landline number in China from a landline

If you want to call a mobile number in China:

For example, 1343926 5956 from an Australian landline, you’d dial: 0011 86 1343926 5956

calling a mobile number in China from a landline

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calling codes from China explained

Australian exit code (0011)

This number dials you out of Australia, allowing you to call international numbers. It is the same number no matter where you call in the world.

country code for China (86)

This is the international code to dial into China.

area code for China

This code lets you dial into a part of the country. It’s generally area or city specific and normally comes attached the local number.

Local number

This is the telephone number you want to call.


area codes in China

If you're dialling landline number in China, then you need to make sure you include an area code.

If calling a mobile number in China then no area code needs to be added, just leave the number as is.

Most landline numbers come with their area codes already attached. But in case it doesn’t, here are a few different area codes around China.

Area/CityArea Code
Beijing10
Fuzhou591
Guangzhou20
Jieyang663
Jiamusi454
Liaoyuan437
Baishan439
Lianyungang518
Zhongwei955

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