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Updated on the 19th of September 2012

More than 120,000 foreigners have subscribed to China's social security system so far, Hu Xiaoyi, China's vice minister of human resources and social security, said on 10th September 2012.

Hu said at a press conference that local governments have been actively promoting the work since China offered to cover foreign employees by its social safety net last year.

The social insurance scheme that took effect Oct. 15 last year allows foreigners with work permits in China to receive the same retirement, unemployment, medical, work injury and maternity benefits as Chinese citizens.

72-hour Visa-free Transit Stay in China And Its Limits 

Till Dec 31st 2013: 72-hour Visa-free Transit Stay apply to Beijing, Chongqing, Dalian, Shanghai, Shenyang, Guangzhou and Chengdu.

From Jan 30th, 2016, China granted 144-hour visa-free transit at Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing.

From January 1, 2013, Beijing offers 72-hour visa-free transit for foreign visitors with third-country visas and transit at Beijing.

The measure of 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption for Foreign Nationals for citizens from 51 countries destined for a third country (region) with connecting flight tickets goes into force as of 1st August 2013 at the port of entry of the Baiyun Airport of Guangzhou. During the visa exemption period, the passenger is allowed to move around within the administration precincts of Guangdong province.

Official statistics shows 62,387 people died in road accidents 2011 in China, or 170 each day on average.

China Public Security's Statistics shows 794 people were killed and more than 2,400 others injured in road accidents during the Sept. 30 to Oct. 7 2012 travel rush.

According to the revised Regulation for Application and Use of Motor Vehicle Driving Licenses introduced by the Ministry of Public Security, motor vehicle drivers will face heavier penalties if violating traffic laws. The new regulation take effect on January 1, 2013.

  • Drug users cannot apply for a driver license within three years of undergoing drug rehabilitation.
  • Drivers convicted of drunk driving are forbidden to apply for driver licenses for large and medium-sized vehicles.
  • New 12-point system shows that the penalties are doubled.

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