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To send a fax to China from the US on a traditional facsimile machine, enter the number as follows:
011-86-(area code)-(phone number)
Area codes are usually 2 – 4 digits and phone numbers are usually 6 – 8 digits.
Note: Some subjects may be considered “sensitive” and are not suitable for faxing to China.
Here are some popular area codes for China:
86 is the country code for China and 011 is the international exchange number from America. Be sure to use a “9” if you normally do to access a line outside of your company’s phone switch.
It will usually be necessary to insert a pause in your dialing sequence after the “86” to allow the phone network time to connect you to an exchange. This differs by make of machine, but may be a comma or “#” sign inserted into the number.
Send a fax to China can be very expensive from a regular phone line, if you do it often it would be best to use an international phone card or sign up for a free trial on one of the internet fax services and then cancel it later.
A better option is to sign up for a fax to email service such as Efax or myfax. These services allow you to send unlimited international faxes simply through your regular email for cheaper than a single long distance phone call to Asia.
Read more information on calling China.