Living in China

OVERVIEW

BANKS

HOUSING

POST OFFICE

COMMUNICATIONS

TRANSPORTATION

GROCERY SHOPPING

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

HOSPITALS IN CHINA

OVERVIEW

Moving to another country can become complicated, overwhelming and exciting all at the same time.  There are lots of things to experience, absorb and understand.  Hopefully, this section will help you through some of the daily living and important practical adjustments that you will need to make after your arrival in China.



BANKING in China

Opening a bank account in China is a very painless procedure.  You will need your passport and your address. The bank will issue you an ATM card.  Most ATM machines are available 24 hours a day.  Money to your home country can be sent through a bank or Western Union

 

Hours of Operation

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Monday to Friday:       9am to 5pm

Saturday and Sunday:  9am to 4pm

ATMs are available 24 hours

 

Banks in China include but are not limited to the following:

o Agricultural Bank of China

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o Agricultural Development Bank of China

o Bank of Beijing

o Bank of China

o Bank of Communications

o Bank of Shanghai

o China Construction Bank

o China Development Bank

o China Everbright Bank

o China Merchants Bank

o China Minsheng Banking Corp. LTD

o Guangdong Development Bank(Chinese version)Allestra Recruiting

o Huaxia Bank(Chinese version)

o Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

o Industrial Bank Co. LTD

o Shanghai Pudong Development Bank

o Shenzhen Development Bank

o The Export-Import Bank of China

o Xiamen International Bank

 

 

 

 

 

HOUSING

Most rental apartments in China are usually furnished. Confirm with the landlord what will be included in the apartment and make sure that everything is working before signing the contract.  Do not take it for granted that certain things will be included.  Most apartments will include most if not all of the following:  Television, Internet Service, Bed, Stove, Refrigerator, Microwave, Washing Machine and a Desk.

Always consider the location of your apartment before making a final decision.  Reviews the following list to make sure that all your needs are being met before signing the contract:

Availability of public transportation.

 

  • Safety
  • Shopping access
  • Size
  • Price

 

**Don’t be afraid to ask questions and like everywhere else, be sure to read over your contract thoroughly before signing it.

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POST OFFICE

The China Post allows you to send regular and express mail inside and outside of China.  You can also buy stamps, envelopes, phone cards as well as make international telephone calls.

To send certain items, you will need to visit the local branch of the international post office.  All forms of publications including books, magazines and newspapers etc. and certain packages must be sent from an authorized post office.

Post Office

Opening Hours - Open 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

All International mail should be in before 2:00 pm

(Customs Closed after 2:00 pm)

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS

The two main cell phone carriers in China are China Mobile and China Unicom.  China Mobile is best known for its extensiveCommunications coverage area while China Telecom is best known for its CDMA service.  Cell phones and SIM cards can be easily purchased.

Cell phone stores are found almost everywhere.  Your cell phone from home can be used in China if it is unlocked, tri-band or quad-band and able to accepts SIM cards.

Each SIM card comes with a variation of minutes.  Be sure to ask the store representative about the different plans at your time of purchase.

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TRANSPORTATION

TransportationBuses, Trains, Subways and Taxis are the most popular ways of getting around in China. Taxis in China are very fast, inexpensive and convenient. Traveling by train is one of the cheapest ways to travel between Provinces. There are international trains that travel between China and Russia (Moscow, Khabarovsk and Vladivostok), Mongolia (Ulan Bator), North Korea (Pyongyang), Kazakhstan (Astana and Alma-ata) and Vietnam (Hanoi).

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GROCERY SHOPPING

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Food shopping in China varies in each region. Some cities and large towns will have several western-styled supermarkets.  Western-styled shopping facilities are becoming more and more popular making it more convenient for its western visitors.

Large cities host some of the more world-famous supermarket chains like Wal-Mart and Carrefour.  Local supermarkets however sometimes have an extensive variety of western-styled products.  With time, it gets easier to start using Chinese products.

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EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Below is a quick reference for emergency contact information in China. Emergency

Police:110

Ambulance:120

Fire:119

Local directory: 114

International operator:115

Weather:121

Direct Dial Operator:108

Beijing Taxicab Administration: 6601-2620

Beijing Airport Information:6655-2515

Beijing Railway Station:6512-8931

 

 

 

Hospitals in China

The hospitals in China are as follows:

Hospitals

Beijing ChangshaHospitals

Chengdu Chongqing

Dalian Dongguan

Guangzhou     Hangzhou

Kunshan     Nanjing

Qingdao/Shandong Shanghai

Shenyang Shenzhen

Suzhou Tianjin

Wuhan WuxiHospitals

Jiangsu Xiamen

 

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