"Aliens wishing to lodge at the home of a Chinese resident, at a foreign institution in China or at the home of an Alien in China shall register temporary accommodation."
|Beijing Police Station|
You won't believe, it took us three attempts.
The first day, we went to the police, the police station was closed for lunch break. At least I managed to take a picture from the building with a striking blue winter sky.
Since Facebook is blocked in China, I was curious to see whether I could upload the photo with my Thai smart phone (I bought a five day data roaming package back in Bangkok via AIS). And, surprise, it worked - I added this caption "one day in China and already at the place station ...". - With the result I got instant messages by friends asking "what happened??" - Silly me ;-)
The second day, we went to the police at the right time, but not with the right document. They asked for a paper confirming that we are staying at a certain private address with details as passport number, birth date, flight details - in Chinese language.
My friend said that the management at the reception of her compound can issue this document.
So, when we went the third time, we had my passport and this document on hand. It was the day before my departure. They put the form aside on a pile with others. They handed me a receipt that confirmed that I have registered, that I am now a legal Alien.
That was it.
When I left China via the airport, they did not ask me for this receipt. It is already in their big computer.
- If you stay in a hotel, the reception is doing the Alien registration for you.
- If you stay in a private home, ask your friends for help, or the management of their housing estate, or their Chinese secretary at work to prepare the Chinese form.
- So far, the police - at least in my case - has no standard form to provide that would be easier to fill out.
- My police station opened at 10am and closed at 5.30pm, but closed for lunch. Not sure about weekends.
- If you missed to register, because you had not time - or missed to read the back of the departure card - do not worry, you will be able to leave the country without problems. I have not heard of a case the fine of 500 yuan applied. (If someone knows other, please comment).