Chinese visa laws change constantly, but you can check Reddit’s China Visa page for the latest changes.Do not accept any job that says "hey just come on a tourist visa and we'll sort it out later".Nowadays, some Lawsons can charge your phone without a card, you just need to enter your phone number in a keypad.Now, if you're staying in town for a while -- and especially if you want 4G, or want to make international calls -- you might want to get a cell phone plan from an actual China Mobile or China Unicom store.After this, you'll need to recharge by buying chongzhi cards from smaller convenience stores and magazine stands (most chains won't have them) – just make sure they're for the right company.You can also have a local friend do it from their phone.
The first two, Dazhong and Qiangshen, are considered the most trustworthy by foreigners and locals alike.
It is illegal to work on a tourist visa, and lots of shady English schools make promises they can't keep. Despite what some say, the subway is almost always faster than taking a cab -- even when walking is involved. If you're here short-term, just buy a SIM card from a kiosk on the street.
Chinese authorities can and have done random checks. But, while violent crime is low, property crimes are a problem. Thieves can pick door locks and steal whatever is easy to reach from your front door when you sleep. Even if someone pushes you at the club, just say sorry, 'dui bu qi' and walk away. Also, while the city center is safe, don't walk around drunk by yourself at night. Emergency Numbers Police 警察 Ing cha: 110 Ambulance 救护车 Jiu hu che: 120 Fire 火警 Huo jing: 119 110 is the the number for general emergencies. Depending on the situation, you may also want to call your consulate. Everyone has a story of a laowai getting scammed or getting held hostage for 20k at a massage parlor. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don't even think about trying to flag a taxi when it's raining heavily, or between 8-11pm on a Friday or Saturday night. Buying a ticket each time you ride the subway is a hassle, so grab a reusable metro card at any station’s kiosk for a 20rmb deposit. From then on, you can add money by taking to a station’s staff counter. The kind of places that sell phones and cigs usually have SIM cards.
Introducing three of our special holiday sticker packs – Santa’s Little Elfer, Xmas 2K14 and Mr. Santa’s Little Elfer Work at the North Pole is tough, but Santa’s Little Elfer knows how to keep it fun and productive so that every boy and girl on Santa’s nice list gets what they want for Christmas (yay)!
Unfortunately, he’s also in charge of making sure all the naughty kids get their fair share of coal (boo).