to the new China Immigration Law, foreigners need to register
within 24 hours of arrival both in urban and rural areas.
local police station (pai chu suo in pinyin) is the right
place to go if you stay at an apartment rented by you or your
Following documents are required when you do the registration.
* Original passport
* A copy of your apartment rental contract (if your friend
rents the apartment, please ask him or her to go with you)
* A copy of the landlord's ID card and telephone number (for
the first time, you'd better ask your landlord to go with
It is totally free to do the registration. And it takes quite
a short time if you bring the right documents.
you stay in a hotel (hostel), the staff there will voluntarily
register for you as they are required to do so. The hotels
(hostels) have the online system connecting with the Public
Security Bureau database system.
you move to another apartment or have your visa renewed or
activate another entry by crossing the border, you need to
redo the registration in time.
do the registration is quite important and useful. When you
renew the visa, the registration form of temporary residence
is one of the necessary documents. If you don't do the registration
or don't do it in time, you can get penalized.