Helpful Links: China

General Information

Which time zone is China in?

What holidays are observed?

What business hours are held?

What post office/mail/parcel services are available?

How do I address letters to China?

What is the manner of dress in China?                

Are there any etiquette rules that I should be aware of?

Which electrical outlets are used?

University Life

Where can I find a list of Chinese universities?

What scholarships are available to me?

What is the cost of attending university?

What is the average salary of a professor?


What is the weather like in China?

What is the weather forecast for this week?

Should I be concerned about the air quality yin China?

Is China at risk for natural disasters?

Moving Around

Is my US driver’s license valid in China?

How can I obtain a Chinese driver’s license?

Which side of the road do I drive on?

Can I rent a car?

How can I travel around within China?

Which documents should I carry with me?

Where can I find updated safety & travel alerts?

Visa Information

How do I apply for a visa?

  • Applying for visa to China

What type of visa do I need?

  • Types of Chinese visas

How long is my visa valid for?

  • Varies by type

Can I get a visa extension?

Am I allowed to work with my visa?

What is the cost of a visa?

How long before departure should I apply for my visa?

What documents are needed for a visa?

Can I travel home/internationally while holding my visa?

What customs information do I need to know?

My passport has been lost or stolen, what should I do?

Contact your nearest US embassy/consulate.

How can I become permanent resident?

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Can I bring my pet with me to China?

Can I return to the US with my pet?

  • Yes, depending on the type and health of the pet.

Medical Issues

Will my medical insurance work in China?

My medication has run out, can I refill it with my doctor’s prescription?

What medications am I not permitted to bring into China?

What vaccinations and immunizations do I need before traveling to China?

Where can I go in case of a medical emergency?

How do I find a doctor?


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What is the current exchange rate?

Where can I exchange my money?

What is required to open a Chinese bank account?

Will my debit/credit card work in China?

Do I have to pay taxes?

What are the average costs of living?

How does tipping work?

How can I make international money transfers?


Which is the best phone service provider?

Will my current phone work in China?

Where can I purchase a SIM card for my phone?

What is the country code for China?

  • 86

How can I call the US?

How much can I expect to pay to call the US?

  • Varies by carrier and country. Check with your phone service provider.

Are there international calling cards available?

What about calls/video chatting on the internet?

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How do I become a Chinese citizen?

What if I get arrested/in trouble with police?

Contact your nearest US embassy/consulate.

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Additional Questions

How do I contact the US Embassy/consulate?

Contact your nearest US embassy/consulate.

How can I contact other expatriates from the US?

Who do I contact in case of an emergency?

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Are my children eligible to attend public school in China?


Language Resources

Where can I find Chinese classes and/or tutors?



Are there any phone apps for improving my Chinese?

Where can I find a bilingual dictionary for English and Chinese?


Hard Copy

What are some Chinese idioms/phrases?

Where can I find a translation service?


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