If you lose your passport, contact your embassy immediately. Embassy officials can also advise you on how to proceed in case of other emergencies. The staff at your hotel may be able to provide an interpreter if you need to report an emergency or crime to doctors or the police. Most police officers and hospital staff members don't speak English, though you may find one or two people who do.
Ambulances generally offer just a means of transport, not medical aid; taking a taxi is quicker, and means you can choose the hospital you want to go to. Where possible, go to a private clinic catering to expats—prices are sky-high, but their hygiene and medical standards are better. Most have reliable 24-hour pharmacies.
U.S. Embassy and Consulate
United States Consulate. Citizen Services, Westgate Mall, 1038 West Nanjing Rd., 8th fl., Jing'an, Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, 200040. 021/3271–4650; 021/8531–4000; shanghai.usembassy-china.org.cn.
United States Embassy. 55 Anjialou Lu, Chaoyang, Beijing, Beijing, 100600. 010/8531–3000; 010/8531–4000; beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn.
United States Citizens Services. 4 Ling Shiguan Rd., Chengdu, Sichuan, 610041. 028/8558–3992; 010/8531–4000; chengdu.usembassy-china.org.cn/service.html.
United States Citizens Services. 43 Hua Jiu Rd., Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 510623. 020/3814–5775; 010/8531–4000; guangzhou.usembassy-china.org.cn/service.html.
General Emergency Contacts