Beijing is one of the safest cities in the world, but Sunday’s cleaver attack on two women was a salutary reminder that even here it pays to be smart, careful and plan for emergencies. Here’s a round up of the information we’ve provided over the years, so that you can make sure you and your family know what to do, if the worst should happen.
In addition to your embassy’s contact information, have these numbers on speed dial:
- Police: 110
- Fire: 119
- Traffic accidents: 122
- Ambulance (English hotline): 999
- Ambulance (Chinese hotline): 120
- Foreign Emergency Services: 6525 5486
- Beijing Chaoyang District Center for Disease Control and Prevention: 6777 3512
- United Family Hospital Emergency Services: 5927 7120
- International SOS Clinic and Emergency Services: 6462 9112
The police can in theory respond to emergency calls in over 40 languages, including English, French, German, Russian, Arabic and Spanish, but there’s also an English-language emergency hotline (6525 5486).
Stay safe, and enjoy the city!
Photo: Michael Coghlan via Flickr