Entry & Exit Formalities


Public Security Bureau Extends visas. Accessed from Ziwei Zhilu (紫薇支路). Take metro Line 3 to Tángjiā Yuànzi (唐家院子). Leave from exit 2, go up the escalator, turn left then first right, then keep going until you see the large building with flags on your right (10 minutes).


ATMs are everywhere, and most accept foreign cards.

HSBC Has a money-exchange facility.

ICBC On Minzu Lu beside the Liberation Monument. Has a dedicated money-exchange facility.


China Post You can top up your Chinese phone and buy SIM cards at the China Mobile store (open 9am to 9pm) on the 1st floor.

Travel Agencies

Travelling With Hostel Can arrange tours of all types (including Three Gorges cruises) and have better English-language speakers than the travel agencies and ticket offices around town. They charge minimal commission.

Harbour Plaza Travel Centre Staff here are helpful, speak English and can book air tickets and arrange Three Gorges cruises.