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CHINA BOUND: A Guide to Academic Life and Work in the PRC
available at Watson's and other Western pharmacies in Beijing, but supplies are less reliable in other cities and unavailable in small towns. Contact lens wearers report problems with dust and advise taking a pair of glasses with you as a fallback. A good pair of sunglasses will protect your eyes from dust and debris as well as glare.
Modern dental equipment is still scarce in China, so a thorough dental checkup is advisable before leaving the United States. Beijing, however, does have several good dental clinics, with U.S.-trained dentists, and some people have been quite satisfied with the quality of dentistry there, although you will want to use the department that services foreigners and high-level cadres. Senior researchers and foreign experts will have a better chance of getting an appointment there than will students. The clinics are:
Beijing School of Stomatology
Wei Gong Cun, Haidian District
Telephone: 1-831-0858, x 584; 1-832-9977, x 580
Dr. Lin Qiongguang
Sino-German Polyclinic Dental Facility
located in the basement of the Landmark Tower
Telephone: 1-501-1983; 1-501-6688 x 20903
Beijing Jing-Liang Dental Clinic
133 Dianmenwai, Xicheng District
Ms. Ma (dental assistant)
Chinese brands of soap, shampoos, face creams, and other necessities for personal care are quite good and inexpensive. Familiar Western brands are available in Western drug stores, and Chinese stores are beginning to carry a few Western brands as well.
MONEY, BANKING, AND CREDIT CARDS
Americans who will be paid by U.S. sources while in China can receive money directly in three ways:
Money deposited in an American account can be drawn on checks guaranteed by an American Express card at certain branches of the Bank of China.
Money can be deposited in a designated account in a U.S. bank that has an international division with correspondent relations with China (many major banks in large cities offer this service); funds can then be wired to a Chinese bank account as needed.
Money can be wired directly to a Chinese bank account. Fund