Following the implementation of the Shanghai Municipal Hotel Industry Administration Approach on May 1, 2009, guests will be able to negotiate with hotels on the check-out time and settlement method.
According to the approach, hotels should have written details of the settlement rules, if any, and show these to guests for their approval when they are booking or registering for accommodation if guests have not made any agreement on settlement with hotels.
Hotels should also offer a luggage storage service for guests after they check-out.
Local media report that the international practice of "check-out before 12:00" does not match the consumption habits of Chinese people. Already many hotels are extending their check-out times in consultation with their guests.