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China‘s Hospitals
Private GPs are few and far between in Beijing, so for a consultation you will generally have to visit a hospital (yiyuan). In the past, foreigners could visit only a limited number of hospitals, but now you can hobble into almost any one in the country and request to see the doctor (daifu). Be advised that standards range dramatically in public hospitals. In some you will be treated promptly and effectively by a bilingual medic, while in others you may find yourself waiting so long that your condition has remedied itself by the time you receive attention.

Various private and international hospitals are scattered around the country’s major cities. The care offered by the best of them is comparable to most major hospitals in the West – at comparable cost as well. This underlines a vital point for visitors and resident expats alike: get medical insurance from a reputable provider. Foreigners who are not fazed by Chinese public hospitals may well be able to get by without insurance, but a serious illness or injury can change the picture dramatically. Suddenly, only an international hospital will do, and a week in one of those can be financially crippling – and don’t even think of the bill for a medical evacuation. Get insurance.

If you decide to go to a Chinese hospital, it is worth taking the time to seek out one that caters to foreigners. They are more costly than the average Chinese infirmary, but you are buying a more efficient and personalized standard of care. More important, it’s likely that the doctors, nurses and hospital administrators will be able to speak good English. Many hospitals with an international department (guoji yiliao bu) actually provide English lessons for their staff.

You will have to register with administration before you get to see the doc. Procedures here vary among the hospitals, but the lower down the scale you go, the more time-consuming and frustrating they become. Basically, you find the registration department (guahao chu), and request to see the relevant specialist. You will be given a slip of paper with your registration fee (guahao fei). This you bring to the cash handlers (which are rarely located next to registration) and duly pay. Make sure you are carrying enough cash – you won’t get to see a doctor until you’ve coughed up this fee. Bring your receipt back to the registry department, and they will give you another slip of paper.

Now you must locate the department that specializes in your particular malady. These are usually marked bilingually in hospitals, whether or not they have an international section. But don’t be too surprised – or shocked – at some of the English versions. (The translation for ”gynecology department” in one Beijing hospital is not fit for print on this page). Once you have found the reception desk, they will (usually) exchange your slip for yet another imprinted with a number. Then, it’s time to wait for the doctor.

Patients who splash out on the international department will probably be tended to immediately – they might be the doctor’s only case that day. Those that decide to rough it in the local wards should be prepared to wait, and can expect company during their consultation. Doctors in these hospitals can have a patient list numbering 100, and holding multiple consultations is a popular way of ensuring that everyone gets treated. The concept of privacy does not enter the equation here – so you can expect to have your complaint discussed and diagnosed by less qualified people than your doctor.

When you’ve received the more professional opinion, you may be instructed to seek tests or x-rays, which involves another visit to the cashier, and a pleasant surprise: most of these procedures in Chinese public hospitals are done at a fraction of the cost you would face in a Western institution. Alternatively, you’ll be given a prescription. Or more than one: for many hospitals in China, the pharmacy is an important profit center. You will usually have to take your prescription to the in-hospital pharmacy (yao fang). For many Westerners, this part of the visit may actually be another pleasant surprise. Drugs in China tend to be far, far cheaper than those in the West. If you visit the international department of the hospital, you will have to fork out anything between RMB 50 and RMB 300 for registration (this normally includes the consultancy fee). Your medicine bill will likely be a fraction of that amount.

In the case of an overnight stay at a Chinese hospital, be aware that meals and snacks are not served to in-patients, and it is considered the responsibility of the in-patients family and friends to bring food. There is usually a hospital canteen, and several shops, that serve hot, cold and instant meals.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency in China, dial 120 for an ambulance, or call the International SOS 24-hour Emergency Alarm Center at (10) 6462 9100. This call center is located in Beijing, but will help with urgent cases throughout China. It provides service in 77 languages.

They offer two 24-hour emergency Alarm Centers in Beijing and Hong Kong that can alert the SOS center nearest you.  In- and Out-patient International SOS branches are located in Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Nanjing, Tianjin and Shekou.

Beijing Alarm Center
24-Hour Hotline
Tel: 86 10 6462 9100
Fax: 86 10 6462 9117

Hong Kong Alarm Center
24-Hour Hotline
Tel: 852 2528 9900
Fax: 852 2528 9933

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Oh if it were only 2004! Back then, the grizzled veteran will tell you, all you had to do to earn a crust in China was walk outside. Within minutes, you would be spotted, bundled into a black limo and whisked off to a new career as a TV announcer, a movie actor, an advertising account executive or a celebrity chef.

Actually, things were never quite that easy, but it’s certainly true that there isn’t as much elbow-room in the China job market as there used to be, and more and more employers are asking impertinent questions about qualifications and experience.

If you’re reading this from offshore and dreaming of making it big in the corporate world in China, know this: if you haven’t got what Microsoft or Deloitte need in your home country, don’t get on a plane thinking they’ll sign you on in China. Most of the foreign employees of multinationals working in China have been recruited through international search, and the big players are just as fussy about who they hire here as they are anywhere else. If you have brilliant Chinese, that no longer makes you special. It may get you over the line in a very tight selection choice, but only after you’ve been found to measure up on all the other criteria - education, analytical skills, etc - and that’s just for an internship! People do come to China and work their way into the corporate world, but be prepared for a long, hard grind of resume-polishing, cold-calling, networking, door-knocking and gophering.

If you’re a native English speaker, yo
u do possess one of the most tradable commodities on the Chinese job market. Working with words is one of the biggest money-making activities in the foreign community in China:

• There’s a never-ending stream of work in language ’’polishing’’ - editing the English prose of Chinese speakers in the publishing, internet and broadcasting industries. The work can be eye-glazing after long exposure, but it puts you in a Chinese workplace, gives you contacts and friendships - and pays the bills. All that’s required is a tertiary qualification from an English-speaking university, which the Chinese use (rather unwisely) as a surrogate for the ability to write good English. Make enquiries at CCTV, China Daily, Xinhua, China Radio International etc. Or keep an eye on the many jobs-available sections on expat websites. Expect a salary in the RMB 10-15,000 range.
• If you’re an aspiring journalist, China is a good place to get published. The various expat mags like That’s Beijing, City Weekend and Time Out will happily listen to your pitch, and if you really can write, you’ll see your name in lights. But the remuneration for casual pieces published in China is poor (between 1 and 2 yuan per word), so freelancing is strictly a means to an end, be it clips for your portfolio, food for your ego or a pathway to an editorial position.

And of course, the other way of turning English into renminbi is to teach it. The demand for native English speaking teachers in China is endless. What you get out of it depends on what you’re prepared to put in. Let’s assume you’re a conscientious person with the interests of your prospective students at heart (unfortunately, this doesn’t describe all teachers in China, or all language school owners). If you are, then give consideration to getting a qualification in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages). Sure, you can find work in China without one, but if you have one, you’ll be a better teacher, you’ll earn more in the long run and it may be the first step to a rewarding career. Among the prospective employers in China:

Universities. They’re among the fussiest employers in terms of qualifications and experience. While the pay is modest, they offer work visas, good holidays, secure contracts, civilized staff relations (usually), and a return flight (usually). A typical teaching load is 20 hours per week.
Public schools: Hard work. Be prepared for a bigger teaching load (sometimes as much as 30 hours per week) and big classes, but they can be a lot of fun. The best schools offer benefits comparable to the universities.
Private centers: These run the gamut from highly professional institutions to rank fly-by-nighters. The best of them won’t look at you unless you have good qualifications and / or a long CV, but they’ll pay well to keep their most valuable staff, who can command RMB 300 per hour or more. If you’re starting out in the private sector, don’t take less than RMB 150 in the big cities, a little less in the provinces.
Corporate sector: Big corporations who hire teachers to improve the English skills of their staff are among the most discriminating employers of all. They relentlessly evaluate your performance for return on investment, and if you don’t measure up, you’re out. But teachers who can work their way into these positions are among the best-paid in the business.

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Post Offices “yóujú”
Multifunctional post offices can be easily found in almost every city in the country. Sending packages, paying utility bills, applying and renewing subscriptions and (sometimes) receiving Western Union transfers can all be done at your local post office.

Reliable domestic and international shipping services of all kinds can also be arranged by the post office. While domestic and international ground rates are reasonable, airmailing larger packages can be expensive. When sending a letter or a package, bring the contents to the packing service counter and purchase the appropriate box. Do not seal envelopes or packages before the post office clerk has inspected them.

CDs, DVDs and software will only be accepted if you have a stamped receipt as proof of purchase. If the clerk suspects that the disk is an illegal copy, you will not be able to post it. Foodstuffs, explosives, liquids, weapons, and inflammatory or ”socially damaging” printed material will not be accepted.

When the contents have been checked, enter the address in the space provided. Be sure to include a return address. Then complete two customs forms (for international shipping), and a form indicating the shipping details (ground, air, expedited, etc.).

Finally, return to the service desk where your forms will be taken, the package or letter will be weighed, and you will be charged accordingly.

Courier services “kuàidì”
EMS is China’s official expedited courier service, and overnight or international 2- to 4-day shipping is available upon request. FedEx, UPS, and DHL also operate out of China.

For intra- and inter-city express mail services, try a local courier company. These are a China good-news story, offering fast, trackable courier services across town or across the country at prices that would not be believed in the West. There are literally hundreds of these located all over China’s major and second-tier cities.

However, few of the local players offer their services in English, so those without a handle on the Chinese language will have to ask a local associate to organize the pick-up. If you call in the morning, you can expect your package to be picked up that afternoon, and delivered the next morning. Swifter delivery can sometimes be arranged.

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There are some really excellent reasons for not owning a car in China. These include the mind-snapping problems that arise if you have an accident, as well as the threat to your mental health if you live in Beijing and decide to take to the roads. However, we assume you’ve considered all this and the scales still tilt in favor of your personal set of wheels. Here are the answers to some questions about owning cars, together with a couple of alternatives.

Can I import my car?
You have a car in your home country and you think it will be lonely without you. So… can you import it? There are two answers to this question: (a) Yes, and (b) Don’t even think about it.

In theory, it is possible to import a used personal vehicle to the People’s Republic of China. But why would you want to? They make perfectly good ones here. The transport and taxation costs of importing a used car are huge, and you have no guarantee that you would be permitted to register it when it arrives. It will be subjected to an emissions test, and if it’s more than a year or so old, the chances are it won’t meet local standards - especially if you plan to drive it in Beijing. Besides all that, the paperwork is enough to make strong men weep.

Of course, new imported cars can be bought through dealers in the same way as in other countries.

How do I buy a car in China?
With the explosive growth of the automotive sector in China, there is a well-developed new and second-hand car market, and there are no barriers to resident foreigners buying vehicles. Second-hand cars may be transferred through dealers, or by private sale. For both new and used cars, the paperwork is similar to that required in the West, but it’s helpful to involve a Chinese-speaking friend in the process.

The first thing to do is check the rules and regulations in your town: the following advice is general only, and there may be special rules that are local to your city.

In the larger urban centers, dealers (new and second-hand) are often co-located in enormous “car cities”, which makes comparative shopping a lot easier. There are also car brokers, who will bring cars to your home or office to inspect or test drive, and who will handle the paperwork for you. If you are buying by private sale, you will need your passport, and the seller will have to provide the bill of sale, together with certificates of title and registration.

If you buy through a good dealer, they should help you with the paperwork, which goes like this:

• Take the car for a safety and emissions test, which all used cars and many new cars have to pass. (Some new locally-manufactured cars are exempt in their first year.) Any rectifications have to be made before the car is registered. The tests are renewed annually.
• Register the car at the relevant agency. In Beijing, it’s called the Automobile Administrative Office . You’ll need (at a minimum) your passport, residence certificate, registration form and bill of sale.
• Pay the required charges and taxes, which will vary from city to city.
• Pay the insurance. Third-party liability insurance is compulsory, but be warned: this scheme does not operate in the way you may be accustomed to back home. In China, third-party victims of accidents are entitled to prompt compensation through insurance companies under new rules introduced in 2006. However, if the driver is later determined to have been at fault, the insurance company is legally entitled to take action against the driver to recover its costs. Other insurance (for theft, damage etc.) is also available. Premiums are generally lower than in the West: full coverage will cost you between RMB 2500-5500 per year, depending on the vehicle.

Can I lease a vehicle instead of buying one?
Yes, there are plenty of firms that offer leasing services. The financials are similar to deals you might have made back home: the outgoings are higher than with a straight purchase, but they are spread evenly over the year, you have the option of low-cost purchase at the end of the deal, and there may be tax advantages. Hours of fun for you and your accountant.

Can I rent a car in China?
Yes, but if you’re after a self-drive car, it’s not as simple as you might think. There are countless rental firms across China, from two-car mom and pop operations to swish showrooms with piped music and marble counter-tops. All will arrange self-drive rentals, but almost invariably a foreign or international license cuts no ice: only a Chinese license will do, along with a residence permit.

However, the bad news ends there. Most firms will rent you a car with a driver at surprisingly affordable rates: a no-frills car-and-driver rental can be arranged in Beijing for around RMB 400 per day, with costs dropping dramatically for longer-term rents. You’ll pay much more for a limo and uniformed chauffeur, but it’s still way below what you would pay in the USA or Europe.

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For full information about Chinese visa types, see ’’Visas and travel regulations’’ in our Visiting China section.

Under Chinese law, foreigners may only engage in paid work if they hold one of the following types of visa:

• Z visa - this allows the holder to work full-time for an employer in China or enter China as the accompanying family member of a Z visa holder. It is only issued to people formally taking up a paid position with a company or Chinese government agency.

• J visa - accredited journalists assigned to China for more than a year are issued with a J visa. J-2 visas are issued for short-term assignments.

• Diplomatic / service visa - For members of diplomatic missions, foreign governments or the United Nations.

In order to obtain a Z visa, a foreigner needs a visa notification issued by the inviting organization - a Chinese or foreign company, a school, a university, a Chinese government agency etc. If the entity is a company, it must have a specified minimum of registered capital and be authorized to employ foreigners. Applicants also need a work permit issued by the Labor Ministry or Foreign Expert Bureau. In order for an application for a work permit to be approved, the applicant needs to convince the Labor Ministry or Foreign Expert Bureau that (s)he holds the appropriate qualifications and has the required professional background. The applicant also has to pass a medical examination.

Only with visa notification and work permit in hand can the applicant approach the authorities for a resident’s permit and work visa.

Holders of F visas - issued for short-term purposes like giving a lecture, conducting research or carrying out business - are not allowed to do paid work under the conditions of the visa, except in the sense that carrying out business may be financially profitable.

Until the approach of the Olympics in 2008 led to a tightening up of visa regulations, the reality on the ground in China was considerably more relaxed than the letter of the law suggested. Large numbers of F and L (travel) visa holders were employed in one capacity or another - a situation that kept the wheels turning in a number of industries, including the English teaching sector, where many of the smaller schools were unable to meet the registered capital requirements that would have permitted them to issue visa notifications. Other areas that benefited from a loose interpretation of regulations on visas and work included bars, clubs and restaurants.

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My China experience began as I battled my way through scores of emails from recruiters and schools across the Middle Kingdom. I had sent my resume to hundreds of potential employers as I searched for my first job opportunity in China. In response, I received a giant raft of emails from interested parties. This may sound like I am trumpeting myself as a world-class educator, but I am making the point more to illustrate that for prospective teachers coming to China there can be a plethora of options and no easy way to make an informed decision.

The greatest lesson I learned from my experiences in getting to China and my subsequent years living here, is that it is vital to (i) know why you are coming, (ii) know the details of the job you are taking, and (iii) to ensure these factors are compatible. To explain the importance of this, I would like to recount my own personal experiences and use those of others I have encountered here in China to paint profiles of the jobs available and the people who typically fill them. I fell into a trap that ensnares countless others. I looked for a “job in China.” At the time, I was still in England and China was, in my mind, one homogeneous block of mystery and potential adventure. I failed to understand that just like my home country the jobs on offer were varied and that just because I was offered a job here didn’t mean it was the right job for me.

I found my first job through a recruiter. The process was quick, smooth and remarkably easy. However, I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. After a few days, I soon realized that the job I had taken was going to be a major challenge. The first aspect of this was the location. The town itself, Dawufeng, was a small industrial hovel (and I do not use this word lightly) about an hour away from Tianjin. I was the only English speaker in town and was at least one hour away from any other laowai. Even though my home-life was less than ideal, it was nothing compared to the job I had at school. I taught at both the local primary and middle schools. In both, the classes were made up of over 40 students. In the primary school I had an assistant who spoke some English, but in the middle school I was on my own. None of the Chinese English teachers spoke much more than the most basic English. The whole situation left me feeling overwhelmed and, at times, desperately unhappy.

The job in Dawufeng was clearly not the right fit for me. This is not, though, to say that another, better-suited teacher would not have enjoyed the experience – someone who was a more experienced teacher or who had better Chinese skills perhaps. Everyone has their own needs and motivations. By not understanding mine, I found myself in a situation that I did not enjoy. The first, and most vital, step for those looking to come to China is to understand why they are coming and to then seek the job that suits them best. Below, I have briefly outlined the ESL job-market here in China and how it might relate to those interested in heading east.

Public Sector
Let’s start with public schools and universities. There are two basic considerations here, holidays and salary. The salary in public schools is likely to be quite modest – as low as 4,000 or 5,000rmb in some cities (a little higher in Beijing or Shanghai). Universities tend to be a little higher, pushing closer to the 10,000 mark (both usually provide apartments as part of any package). However, the flipside to the lower compensation is that the holidays on offer are usually far longer, often taking in three summer months and lengthy periods at Spring Festival. Many – although certainly not all as I do not wish to generalize – of the teachers working in public education tend to fall into two categories.

• The first are youngsters, often straight out of university, who are using a teaching job as a base from which to see China. Being new to the workplace, these teachers are also less concerned about salary than some of their older counterparts. Most tend to get their jobs through recruiters – just as I did – or through organized schemes, such as that of the British Council that places teachers in schools around the country. (Many of the recruiters looking for this type of teacher, clearly state in their online ads the travel opportunities around the region in which the school is located).

• The second group features those focused more on making a difference and with a genuine commitment to education – perhaps often teachers in their home country. These are the type of teachers who would have been more successful than I was in Dawufeng, and, who would be best suited to slightly more remote areas of the country.

The teachers attracted to this sector will tend to be making a shorter commitment to China. This is reflected in the contracts available. Many can be as short as four to six months – often covering one semester – or, those that last a year, include an airfare home.

Private Sector
Now, let’s move onto the private sector, which includes local private schools as well as major international companies providing language training and teaching. In this sphere, the money is better, but the hours longer and demands greater. This is the sector that attracts those looking for a little more stability:

• The first group you may find working at major education companies are those for whom teaching overseas is a career or a longer-term commitment. This is because –on the back of Asia’s insatiable demand for English – many of the companies have grown into major corporations and can offer high salaries and genuine development opportunities. At the top end of the market, salaries may not yet quite match the levels of those in the west, but, with improved exchange rates, they are getting closer.

• This type of company often also attracts older professionals seeking career breaks or a change of pace, the chance to earn salaries that bear closer relation to those on offer at home, hence making the trip away a far less costly experience.

For many of the bigger companies involved, teachers are required to make commitments of at least a year. Therefore, many of the people involved are likely to be in China longer. This does not necessarily mean they will stay with the same company as, just as in any industry at home, there is competition for talent. This often creates a migration from the lower end of the market towards the better paid top end as teachers accrue experience in China.