Stay Safe and Healthy While in China
Travel Information about China
Generally, it is very safe to travel in China, but you may find information below helpful in an emergency situation.
State Department Travel Information for China (http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1089.html)
Current Worldwide Caution (http://beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn/acsnotice.html)
Emergency Service Numbers in Shanghai and Beijing:
Emergency services (police, fire, ambulance) in Hong Kong SAR: 999
Medical Facilities in China in general:
Medical Facilities in Shanghai
Name: Shanghai East International Medical Center
Street Address: 551 South Pudong Road, Pudong, Shanghai 200120
Tel: +86-21 5879-9999
Name: Shanghai United Family Hospital
Street Address: 1139, Xian Xia Road, Changning District, Shanghai 200336
Tel: +86-21 2216 3900
Name: Shanghai United Family Dental Clinic
Street Address: 8 Quankou Lu, Changning District, Shanghai 200336
Tel: +86-21 2216 3909
Medical Facilities in Beijing
Name: Beijing International SOS
Street Address: Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Bldg, No 16,
Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100027
Phone: +86-10 6462 9199
Name: Beijing United Family Hospital
2 Jiang Tai Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100015
Tel: +86-10 5927-7000
Emergency Hotline: +86-10 5927-7120
Name: United Family Jianguomen Clinic
21 Jianguomen Dajie, B1, The St. Regis Residence, St. Regis Hotel, Beijing 100020
Phone: +86-10 8532-1221
Fax: +86-10 8532 3280
Medical Facilities in Hong Kong:
Name: CHC-Group Medical Practice Clinic
The Medical Clinic is operated by the CHC-Group Medical Practice. It provides general medical services including GP consultations and advice, on-campus emergency services, simple laboratory investigation, vaccinations, general nursing care and minor operation, etc.
Medical Clinic Location:
Level 5, Sir Run Run Shaw Building, Ho Sin Hang Campus, Hong Kong Baptist University
Medical Services Tel No.: +852 3411-7447
Dental Services Tel No.: +852 3411-2525
Name: Hong Kong Baptist Hospital
Address: 222 Waterloo Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Tel: +852 2339 8888
Fax: +852 2338 5394
Web site: http://www.hkbh.org.hk/eng/home.php
An Overview of the General Quality of Healthcare in China
Shanghai and Beijing: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and a few other large cities have medical facilities with some international staff. Many hospitals in major Chinese cities have so-called VIP wards (gaogan bingfang). Most VIP wards provide medical services to foreigners and have some English-speaking staff. However, even in the VIP/foreigner wards of major hospitals, you may have difficulty due to cultural, language, and regulatory differences. In China, it is customary for patients’ families to help care for them in the hospital and to supply their toiletries, paper supplies, and meals. Hospitals often refuse to perform surgery or administer treatment without the written consent of the patient’s family, even if they are not in China, and doctors frequently will only tell the family members the patient’s diagnosis and prognosis, but will not discuss it with the patient.
Hong Kong: English is spoken by most public and private sector medical professionals. Good medical facilities are available, and there are many Western-trained physicians in Hong Kong. Prescription drugs are widely available, although they may have different names than those in the United States.
An Overview of the General Quality of Neighborhood-Specific Safety
Shanghai and Beijing: For most visitors, China remains a very safe country. Petty street crime is the most common safety concern for U.S. citizens in China. Some parts of the country are restricted or you may need a special permit to travel there. Please keep in mind that you are a guest in a foreign country where U.S. laws do not apply.
Hong Kong: Hong Kong emergency service response times for police, fire, and ambulances are good. The emergency service number is 999. Hong Kong has a low crime rate. Even so, you should exercise caution when in congested areas and pay particular attention to personal belongings while in crowded markets and while traveling on public transportation.