Do I have to carry my passport with me?
In principle, yes, as everyone must be able to identify themselves at any time when required. However, you can also leave your passport at home and take a copy with you. In the rare event of an inspection, in the worst case, you will need to go to the police station to prove your identity.
What to do if I lose my passport?
Report the loss to the police immediately and inform your nearest embassy or consulate directly. They can issue a new passport and help you with all other formalities.
Driving and public transportation in China
Is my driver’s license valid in China?
No, foreigners are not allowed to drive in China, neither on their own or with an international driving license. However, if you need a car, you can rent a car with a driver. If you are in China for a longer time, you can get a Chinese driver’s license.
Taxis in China
In China, taxi service is quite cheap, safe and an excellent alternative to the metro or buses. In smaller towns, there are also taxis that you share with other passengers. Make a note of the street with the corresponding intersection in Chinese characters and show it to the taxi driver to avoid miscommunication.
Buses in China
Bus travel is a bit more challenging in China, as the station names are all written in Chinese characters. If necessary, get help from a local native speaker.
The metro is possibly the best transportation option in China’s major cities. It is fast, reliable and cheap. The names of the metro stations are all written in Pinyin, making it easier to read.
Getting around by train
Trains in China are not only convenient and cheap, but also fast and reliable. Train tickets can be bought either on the Internet or at official sales-offices. The G-Trains are high-speed trains designed for speeds of 200 to 350 km/h, allowing passengers to travel longer distances in a shorter amount of time.
Flying in China
Flying is also an efficient option in China. However, the airspace is limited and bad weather conditions can quickly result in delays of several hours.
Days to avoid
China has about 1.4 billion people. Most of the Chinese go on vocation at the same time during the year. This results not only in highly increased traffic on the roads but also in fully booked flights, trains and buses. There are two holiday periods in which many people travel – namely the National Holiday in October and the Chinese New Year in January/February.