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Updated: 2019-03-08

Basic Education for the Children

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In China, only middle and primary schools approved by provincial education departments are allowed to receive foreign students. Currently, only three categories of schools are eligible for approval, i.e. international schools, schools open for foreigners and embassy schools.

1) International schools are divided into two sub-categories: A. international schools set up by legally established foreign institutions, foreign enterprises, and China offices of international organizations as well as by foreigners with a legal residence permit. B. Students-oriented tutorial centers set up by foreign institutions and individuals.

2) Schools open for foreigners refers to primary and middle schools that are allowed to take foreign students upon the approval of provincial education departments. These schools usually do not have separate classes for foreign students but offer Chinese tutorial classes for them.   

3) Embassy schools are mainly for children of the employees in the foreign embassies and consulates in China and children of other similar groups in China.

Medical Service

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According to their facilities, professional level, and service quality, hospitals in China are graded into levels 1, 2 and 3, with 3 being the highest. Hospitals of each level are further categorized into grades A, B and C, with A being the highest. Most of the hospitals are funded by the government and are not-for-profit. A small portion of hospitals and health centers are collectively or privately run. In addition, some foreign medical institutions in China have set up medical institutions in China to provide medical services mainly for non-Chinese. In case of medical emergency, you can dial 120; every city in China has a 120 Medical Emergency Center.

Entertainment

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Large and medium-sized cities in China offer sophisticated sports and recreation facilities. Golf clubs can be found in coastal cities and central cities in hinter land provinces. Most communities have gyms, bowling alleys, swimming pools and similar facilities. Gymnasiums and sports centers regularly organize football, basketball, table tennis, and badminton and track and field competitions. In the outskirts of the city, there are large playgrounds, resorts, folk culture villages, wild animal parks, ecological parks, botanical gardens and fishing areas for holiday relaxation. Large and medium-sized cities in China have concert halls, theaters, and other venues to stage Chinese and foreign national concerts, symphony concerts, musicals, ballets, dramas, and acrobatics performances. Watching movies is quite convenient, as every district in the city has cinemas showing the latest foreign movies. Large cities also have museums and art centers for displays of historic relics and artifacts, and exhibitions of photographs and painting.

Transportation 

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Nowadays, China has a comprehensive transportation network of airports, trains, highways, subways, and waterways. High-speed rail lines, highways, and many new subways have improved the daily lives of local people most dramatically.

High Speed Trains

A high speed train is the prime choice among all types of trains as it runs at a speed of 250-350 km/h and has a high-standard of service. It is also called a bullet, fast, or CRH train, with the initial “G”, “D”, or “C” as its serial number.

Highways

China possesses numerous and complex highways at all levels, connecting almost all cities, towns and rural areas. The safety, quality, convenience and capacity of Chinese expressways have all developed rapidly.