Practical Information

Beijing Hospital Service Guide
Online guide to hospitals in Bejing with map coverage of hospitals in each district.
China Tour
Practical advice and information on travelling to China and daily life in China.
Beijing Kids Home and Relocation Guide
Practical advice on moving to and living in China with children.
Tour Beijing Taxi Information
Website with general information on taking a taxi in the city including charges, tips and how to recognise taxi cabs.
Beijing Emergency Medical Serivce Guide
Online guide to seeking emergency medical treatment including help with phrases in Chinese for common medical problems and a directory and map of hospitals throughout the city.
Automobile Administrative Office
Official office where the computer test is administered and licenses issued. At the Foreign Affairs Branch, Public Security and Traffic Administrative Bureau, 18 Nansihuan Donglu, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
Beijing Information Centre (British Council)
Cultural and educational service for links between the UK and China. Open Monday to Friday from 09:00-17:00. At Cultural and Education Section British Embassy, 4/F Landmark Building Tower 1 8 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Beijing 100004.
Common Scams
US embassy guide to common scams to be wary of in China.
Beijing Traffic Management Bureau
Official website of the governments Traffic Management Bureau with information on traffic, safety advice, route planning, vehicle inspection and licensing.
International and Chinese news in English as well as a wealth of practical advice for living in China including business, sports, education and entertainment.
Helpline for Expats
Dedicated hotline for assisting foreigners in Beijing with daily inconveniences including locksmiths. The service is available 24 hours a day in English and other languages.
Beijing-LEEO, Chinese Driving License
Consultancy which provides assistance in obtaining a Chinese driving license, visas, business registration, Tibet Travel permit and other services. Open dailyf rom 09:00-18:00. At Rm.1503, Aviation Mansion, 2A Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
Online Chinese dictionary.
Travel Guide China
Online train ticket booking service and guide to buying train tickets in China.
Bridge of Love Adoption Service
Government operated agency which facilitates adoption including consulting, document translation and travel arrangements within China. At Zhongmin Mansion, 7 Baiguang Lu, Xuanwu District, Beijing.
Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau
Information on visas and residence permit applications as well as public safety in Beijing.
Pinyin Practice
Online site which allows language learners to practice pinyin, the best method of Romanising the Chinese language.
Beijing Tourism Administration
Government department dedicated for visitors and residents in the city. English-speaking staff. Practical tips for travel, visa and customs information.
Independent Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA...
Information on shipping and pets internationally.
Having a Baby in China
Website with a wealth of practical information on having a baby in China including details of hospitals, pregnancy vocabulary, doctor visits and general advice.
The Friendship Store
Offers a relic inspection service for foreigners wanting to leave China with relics and antiques. Home visits also available. Open Monday and Friday from 13:30-17:00. At Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District, Beijing.