Who to call in an emergency
These are the emergency numbers you should know (and save in your phone). The local police and ambulance numbers are now equipped with translators, so have no fear if you do not speak Chinese – they will make sure you talk to someone who speaks English.
Ambulance 120 (local service); 999 (run by the Beijing Red Cross)
Fire 119 (Chinese only)
For an international, 24-hour emergency hotline, call:
Beijing United Family Hospital 6433 2345 or 5927 7120
For foreign-language clinics, contact:
Raffles International Clinic 6462 9112 (8am-8pm daily)
Peking Union Medical College Hospital 6529 4088 (day); 6529 5283 (night)
It is highly recommended that you keep emergency numbers to hand in case of any unforeseen circumstances; it might also be helpful to save your embassy's contact details. Ensure your emergency contact information is current, and that if you have any medical issues these are listed on a medical ID or on your phone.
And, just in case you do find yourself in a pickle (or worse), here are some phrases to help you get help:
Help! Jiù mìng!
Stop, thief! Zhuā zéi!
Call an ambulance! Jiào jiùhùchē!
Call the police! Jiào jǐngchá!
I am sick. Wŏ bìng le.
Get a doctor. Kuài qù zhăo yīshēng.
I’m lost. Wŏ mílù le.
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