China Culture Center
General advice For official train schedules and notices, check The Ministry of Railways’ website www.12306.cn (Chinese only). For English-language advice on train travel in China, visit www.seat61.com; to book train tickets see www.ctrip.com. Planes can be booked (and paid for with cash) on www. ctrip.com and www.elong.net.
China Culture Center For expat-friendly package tours, have a look at the extensive range of itineraries on China Culture Center’s website. They offer trips to locations in China and abroad, including North Korea and Nepal. 6432 9341; www.ccctravel.net
Sunflower Travel Services This travel company offers package prices for going away around national holidays and school breaks,both in China and abroad. 8447 6361; www.sunflower travel-cn.com
The Hutong A popular cooking school that organises culinary tours and offers catering services, The Hutong also sets up Beijing days out and trips further afield. 159 0104 6127; http://thehutong.com
For fast, reliable services to send packages back home, try these international brands with offices across Beijing.
FedEx Contact for rates and details on domestic and international shipping and pickups. 800 988 1888; www.fedex.com
DHL Good for personal and corporate shipping needs, both domestic and international. Contact for rates and information on pickups. DHL services are also available at branches of China Post. 400 810 8000; www.cn.dhl.com/ en/express
SF Express Established across Asia and the US, SF Express has an English website and perks for members. 4008 111 111; www.sf-express.com/cn/en/
For weekend outings, rent a car and take your family out of town. Or even easier, hire a driver and car together. As
it’s now very hard to buy cars in Beijing due to traffic control, these are often the best options for many families – check out our top picks for providers in Beijing.
Tour Beijing Book a chauffeur and driver online on their English website.
A trip to the Badaling Great Wall in a standard car costs 710RMB. 6716 0201; www.tour-beijing.com
Beijing Top Rated Car Rental Service
A range of models available for hire with driver. For example, an Audi A6L for eight hours costs 800RMB. Chauffeur service with package prices available to popular sightseeing spots, as well as long-term leasing. 6504 7266; www.sxsdcar.com
eHi Auto Services More than 100 models available for hire, with the option of online booking (Chinese only). Also offers VIP limo services. 400 888 6608; https:// corporate.1hai.cn
Beijing EX-PATS Service Offers a large selection of vehicles for leasing, as well as chauffeur hire. 400-890-6518; www.expatslife.com
Moving house can be one of life’s
biggest headaches, especially with a kid or two in tow. Here we list removal services and estate agents to help you along the way.
AGS Four Winds Beijing A full-service moving company that handles office relocation, long-term storage and moving consultations.They cover both local and international relocations. 8532 5288; www.agsmovers.com
SDmoves These guys will shift the contents of an average three-bedroom apartment within the Fourth Ring Road for around 800RMB. They also move internationally. 139 1166 7764; www.bjsdmover.com
Continental International Moving Offers international and domestic moving services, as well as pet relocation and storage.
8762 5110; www.cimmover.com
Asian Express International Movers
For those who are unsure about putting up shelves and installing washing machines, these guys will provide a handyman team to take care of the maintenance jobs. 8580 1471; www.aemovers.com.hk
Century 21 One of the more foreigner-friendly estate offices, Century 21 can arrange for an English speaking agent. Their typical commission is one month’s rent. 6561 7788; www.century21cn.com/ english/
Scout Real Estate Premium commercial and residential relocation services. They have multi-lingual staff and access to some of Beijing’s choicest service apartments and office complexes. Expect to pay a premium for Scout Real Estates premium level of service. 8596 8873; www.beijingrelocation.com
Acquiring a four-legged addition to your family can be a tricky business in China. Get the right advice and treatment from these expat-friendly services.
International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) Based in Wangijng, ICVS offers dog and cat grooming, veterinary
services, boarding and day care, plus free workshops on moving internationally with your pet. Also delivers food and pet supplies. Read our interview with ICVS' medical director. 8456 1939; www.icvsasia.com
Beck and Stone Veterinarians Emergency appointments available 24 hours a day.
Call the hotline on 400 103 8686 for a
pet ambulance. 8457 8233; www.doctorsbeckandstone.com
Finally, don’t forget to memorise these numbers in case of accidents.
Beijing Red Cross 999
English-language emergency hotline 6525 5486