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    Synopsis: When you lose your passport, you are required to report it lost or stolen to the Chinese Entry and Exit Bureau first. Then you visit your embassy or consulate to apply for a replacement passport. The next step after that is to return to the Chinese Entry and Exit Bureau for a new visa, or for an exit visa to leave China. This process may take several days. Please safeguard your passport at all tim...[Read more]
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    Synopsis: Foreigners arriving in China need to register at their local police station within 24 hours of arrival.  People staying in hotels do not need to worry as hotel staff will register for them after the check–in process has been completed. Everyone else needs to register at their local police station within 24 hours after arrival. Police registration is not a one-time thing -it is necessary...[Read more]
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    Synopsis: In China, shop discounts are advertised with the characters 'dazhe'. (打折) However, this system can be quite confusing to non-Chinese speakers. Unlike in English, the percentage quoted is the amount that you have to pay, not the amount off the price. da 5 zhe 打5折 is 50% off, da 8 zhe 打8折 is 20% off (you pay 80%). da 7 zhe 打7折 is 30% off.   Bargaining Regardless of whether you shop at a s...[Read more]
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    Synopsis: The Suzhou bus system covers all of Suzhou with generally more than one bus plying the same route. Bus services are regular and inexpensive. In March, April, October and November, buses are non-air-conditioned and charge 1 RMB or 2 RMB. In the other months of the year,  buses are air-conditioned and charge a 2 RMB or 3 RMB fare. Bus fares depend on where you get on the bus. You should have ...[Read more]
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    Synopsis: There are two types of standard Chinese phone numbers; land line and cell phone numbers. Land line numbers for local and long-distance calls: A land line number always has 8 digits, and you will see the number preceded by the city code. The Suzhou city code is 0512. When making calls from within a Chinese city, you never need to add the city code, only the 8-digit phone number. When you make int...[Read more]
    District: City
    Synopsis: If you are a Suzhou e-bike owner, heads-up. The Suzhou government has a new regulation in place that requires all e-bike owners to re-register their e-bikes with the local authorities. You will need your e-bike registration card, the original purchase receipt, plastic license plate and ’certificate of conformity’ from the manufacturer and some form of identification (ID card), plus the...[Read more]
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    Synopsis: There are different ways of checking to see how much credit you have left on your phone, depending on who your provider is.  Unicom:  Send a text message to the number 10010 with the letters YE in the message and you will receive back a text message with your balance – there is only one number in the text and that is what your balance is.  Telecom: Send a text message to 100...[Read more]
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    Synopsis: Coupon Vending Machines in Suzhou. Coupon Clippers Rejoice! There is a network of vending machines where you can purchase coupons to get discounts at various Suzhou restaurants (KFC, DainTi Hill, Burger King etc.) and also at participating Suzhou shops. The coupons themselves are free of charge.  You just need to become a member by buying the 20 RMB Velo couponcard and activating it on ...[Read more]
    District: City
    Synopsis: Suzhou Garden Cards allow you free visits to all of the Suzhou Gardens and tourist attractions. The number of visits is unlimited (almost). You can go up to 100 times per year at no extra charge. The involved gardens and attractions include the Tiger Hill, the Humble Administrator’s Garden, the Lingering Garden, the Lion Grove Garden, the Master-of-Nets Garden, Canglang Pavilion, the Garden ...[Read more]
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