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The best place to head in a medical emergency is the Beijing United Family Health Center, which has 24-hour emergency services. International SOS is another clinic with a good reputation; it can arrange Medivac. For over-the-counter medicines, Watsons pharmacies can be found all over the city, including in most large shopping centers.

Beijing has different numbers for each emergency service, though staff members often don't speak English. If in doubt, call the U.S. embassy first: staff members are available 24 hours a day to help handle emergencies and facilitate communication with local agencies.

Emergency Contacts

Fire (119.)

Police (110.)

Medical Emergency (120.)

Traffic Accident (122.)

U.S. Embassy (55 Anjialou Lu, Chaoyang, Beijing, Beijing, 100600. 010/8531–4000. 010/8531–3300. beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn.)

Hospitals and Clinics

Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics (2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang, Beijing, Beijing, 100015. 010/5927–7000; 010/5927–7120 emergencies. www.ufh.com.cn/en.)

China-Japan Friendship Hospital (Ying Hua Dong Jie, Heping Li, Beijing, Beijing, 100029. 010/6422–2952 or 010/6428–2297. english.zryhyy.com.cn.)

Hong Kong International Medical Clinic (Hong Kong Macau Center–Swissotel, 2 Chaoyangmen Bei Da Jie, 9th fl., Chaoyang, Beijing, Beijing, 100730. 010/6553–2288. www.hkclinic.com.)

International Medical Center Beijing (Beijing Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Room 106, Chaoyang, Beijing, Beijing, 100125. 010/6465–1561. www.imcclinics.com.)

International SOS (Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Wing 1, Suite 105, Chaoyang, Beijing, Beijing, 100027. 010/6462–9112 Clinic; 010/6462–9100 24-hour hotline. www.internationalsos.com.)

Peking Union Medical College Hospital (1 Shui Fu Yuan, Dongcheng District, Beijing, Beijing, 100730. 010/6529–5284. www.pumch.cn.)

Pharmacies

Watsons (Holiday Inn Lido Hotel, Jichang Lu, Chaoyang, Beijing, Beijing, 100015. Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, 100027. www.watsons.com.cn.)