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China Travel Alert

Issued by US Department of State

Jul 30, 2010

This Travel Alert is being issued to warn U.S. citizens residing or traveling in China about the ongoing threat of flooding in many places in the country. U.S. citizens in the region should monitor local weather reports and use caution when travelling in flooded areas. This travel alert expires on October 15, 2010.

Since June, more than 1,000 people have died or are missing as a result of flooding, landslides, and collapsed roads and bridges caused by torrential rains. Over three quarters of the provinces in China have been affected, with Shaanxi, Sichuan, and Henan Provinces most heavily impacted since mid-July. More than 25 major rivers are over flood stage.

While less-developed, remote rural areas have been most affected, some U.S. citizen tourists have reported travel disruptions in other areas. Trains have been stopped or diverted, roads closed and flights delayed by severe storms. Travelers should expect further closings, detours, and danger from flooding and landslides if the rains persist.

U.S. citizens traveling in China are urged to check with local authorities for weather and safety updates before starting out on long overland trips or going to rural areas. Travelers should also consider carrying extra food, water and prescription medicine as a safeguard for unexpected delays.

We encourage all U.S. citizens abroad to register with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate through. the Department of State’s travel registration website. By registering, you can receive the embassy's or nearest consulate's most recent security and safety updates during your trip. Registration also ensures that we can reach you during an emergency either abroad or at home. While consular officers will do their utmost to assist you in a crisis, please be aware that local authorities bear primary responsibility for the welfare of people living or traveling in their jurisdictions. In case of difficulties registering online, please contact the closest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Beijing: The U.S. Embassy is located at No. 55 An Jia Lou Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100600. You can reach the American Citizen Services section between 8:00 a.m. and noon and 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. and for after-hours emergencies at (86) (10) 8531-4000. For detailed information please visit the U.S. Embassy website. The Embassy consular district includes: the municipalities of Beijing and Tianjin and the provinces/autonomous regions of Gansu,Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Inner Mongolia, Jiangxi, Ningxia, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, and Xinjiang.

Chengdu: The U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu is located at Number 4, Lingshiguan Road, Section 4, Renmin Nanlu, Chengdu 610041; tel. (86)(28) 8558-3992, 8555-3119; after-hours emergencies (86)(28) 1370-800-1442, and can be contacted via email This consular district includes: the provinces/autonomous region of Guizhou, Sichuan, Xizang (Tibet) and Yunnan, as well as the municipality of Chongqing.

Guangzhou: The main office of the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou and the mailing address is Number 1 South Shamian Street, Shamian Island, Guangzhou 510133. The Consular Section, including the American Citizens Services Unit, is located on the 5th Floor, Tianyu Garden (II phase), 136-146 Lin He Zhong Lu, Tianhe District; tel. (86)(20) 8518-7605. For after-hours emergencies, call (86)(20) 8121-8000; and. can be contacted by email. This consular district includes: the provinces/autonomous region of Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, and Fujian.

Shanghai: The Consular Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai is located in the Westgate Mall, 8th Floor, 1038 Nanjing Xi Lu, Shanghai 200031; tel. (86)(21) 3217-4650. For after-hours emergencies, call (86)(21) 6433-3936; inquiries can be made via email. This consular district includes: Shanghai municipality and the provinces of Anhui, Jiangsu and Zhejiang.

Shenyang: The U.S. Consulate General in Shenyang is located at No. 52, 14th Wei Road, Heping District, Shenyang 110003; tel. (86)(24) 23221198; for after-hours U.S. citizen emergencies, call (86)(24) 137-0988-9307. Contact may be made via email. This consular district includes: the provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin, and Liaoning.

For further information about travel in China, U.S. citizens should consult the Department of State's Country Specific Information for China as well as the Worldwide Caution located on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

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