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Health & Safety

It is strongly recommended that all participants possess adequate insurance coverage for the duration of your study abroad in China and you are responsible for all costs associated with any medical, emergency assistance and travel accident you require.

Health and Wellness
The most important of your responsibilities while abroad is to take preventative measures to maintain your health and wellness. It will take some time for your body to adjust to changes in food, water, daily routine, altitude, and weather conditions. A good idea is to bring whatever medication you’ll need, prescription and brand name drugs. Large cities have well-stocked pharmacies , but it’s better to being your own medication for basic illnesses. You don’t want to but stuck with an upset stomach while trying to figure out what medication to buy in a foreign language.

Health Considerations in China
The most common health problem in China is diarrhea. The best way to prevent this is to practice excellent hygiene. Never eat raw, uncooked or partially cooked food. In hot weather, a major concern is dehydration. Make sure to drink only bottled or boiled water, and reduce exposure to insects wherever possible.
There are a number of good clinics in major cities catering to travellers. Although they are usually more expensive than local facilities, you may feel more comfortable dealing with a Western-trained doctor who speaks your language.

Hospitals in Beijing
Many public hospitals have VIP wings for foreigners and wealthy locals where you can find an English speaking doctor with oversea training.
Beijing Friendship Hospital +86 10 6301 4411
China-Japan Friendship Hospital +86 10 6422 2952
Peking Union Medical College Hospital +86 10 6529 5284
Tongren Hospital +86 10 5826 9911
Peking University Third Hospital +86 10 6201 7691
Private Medical Services
Barley & Jackson Medical Center +86 10 8561 9296
Beijing International SOS Clinic +86 10 6462 9100
Beijing United Family Healthcare +86 10 5920 7000
International Medical Center +86 10 6465 1561

Safety Tips
China is generally safe for foreigners though there are some things travelers should be aware of. Crimes against travelers are usually petty thefts rather than violent crimes. General safety precautions and common sense are following:
• Remember that you are a guest in China. Respect the local people and their customs, traditions, religion, style of clothing, and rules of etiquette.
• Make a copy for your important documents. In case your wallet or backpack is lost or stolen, keep a copy of your passport, health insurance card, student ID, etc. Store this information in a safe place, preferably not in the same place as the original documents.
• High-risk areas in China are train and bus stations, city and long-distance buses, hard-seat train carriages and public toilets. Don’t leave anything of value in your bicycle basket.
• If something of yours is stolen, report it immediately to the nearest Police Station to get a loss report. If you have travel insurance (highly recommended), it is essential to obtain a loss report so you can claim compensation.
• Keep your bags with you at all times, no matter how safe a situation may seem. Don’t leave any of your belongings with someone you do not know well; it could be the last you see of them.
• Leave expensive or expensive-looking jewelry and other valuables at home. Avoid flaunting wallets, purses, cell phones, or cameras. Wear a money belt concealed under your clothing.
• All hotels have safes and storage areas for valuables.Put valuables in the hotel safe or ask hotel staff about storing valuables.
• Do not go out alone at night; always travel with a companion.
• Take care crossing streets; pedestrians do not have the right of way; beware of fast aggressive drivers in narrow streets.
• Only drink water that has been boiled, purified or bottled.
• Be careful not to consume food that has been sitting out for long period of time. Hot, steaming food is most likely safe. Most popular or well-established restaurants should be sanitary.
• When taking a taxi, ask for your receipt after you pay the money. The receipt lists the driver’s identification and company telephone number. These are useful number to have if you’ve left something in the cab or wish to lodge a complaint.

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