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    Driving in China?

    Has anyone moved around with a car? How was it and what are some of the things that a foreigner should consider before renting a car and driving around the country?

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    You need to be licensed, and since you're a foreigner you'll need an international license. That is probably the most complicated part - I say probably because this is China and so there is the whole Communist thing. I really don't want to know how that effects everything... Now I need to go look this up.

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    You get the international drivers license from your own country. I've done it before, wasn't complicated at all. Just takes a little time. But are you sure that I'll need an international one? Most countries let you drive with your regular one as long as it's a short term stay. (basically this law has been made for tourists)

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    You can definitely drive in China with an international drivers' licence. However, depending on which part of China you go to, you could be in for a heck of a ride (no pun intended).

    I was posted to Henan, Central China (a friend in Shanghai remarked, "Why THAT place?" for a couple of weeks on a work assignment. It's a very rural area full of what I can only describe as the Chinese equivalent of rednecks. They drive like maniacs over there and basically people do not respect traffic rules. People there do not know the difference between red, green and yellow lights! (I'm not kidding!). They will however, give way and even slow down for pedestrians. Amazingly, while I was there, there was not a single accident!

    In major cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, people follow the rules a lot better but due to the sheer number of people, traffic jams are inevitable (not to mention looking for parking spaces).

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    Re: Driving in China?

    You actually cannot drive in China with a international driver's licence, you'll need to get a Chinese Driver's licence to be able to drive legally there. I know Beijing is one of the worst cities in the world to drive in due to its population density, that goes for most major cities in China as well, traffic is just something you'll have to deal with unless you'll be traveling to a rural area. I wouldn't drive in China, the World Health Organization reports about 250,000 traffic related deaths a year which makes it a very dangerous place to drive in. If you hell bend ton driving there, be sure to get insurance, I highly recommend it especially after hearing of the "Chinese Redneck Drivers" of Henan.

 

 

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