Telephone numbers in China are organized and assigned according to the Chinese Telephone Code Plan of mainland China.

Land lines and mobile telephone numbers have different structures: land lines use area codes, while mobile phones do not. Land line phone numbers in major cities have 8 digits after the two digit area code, whereas in other areas no less than 7 digits after a three digit area code. Mobile phone numbers have 11 digits without area codes.

China Telephone Number Ecosystem

Dialing a land line from another land line within the same area does not require dialing the area code.

When making a domestic long distance call from a land line phone, the trunk prefix "0" must be dialed first, followed by the area code and the telephone number. Calling a mobile phone from a land line requires the addition of the "0" in front of the mobile phone number if they are not in the same area as well. Mobile to land line calls require the "0" and the area code, if the land line is not within the same area. Mobile to mobile calls do not require the "0". The "0" is never needed when dialing from outside mainland China.

The Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau are not part of this numbering plan, and use the country codes +852 and +853, respectively.

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