This blog is for all you foreigners living and working in China. On Tuesday, I had to travel to Beijing to get a copy of my fingerprints in preparation of renewing my working visa. I live in Qingdao, but apparently I must travel all the way to Beijing just to get them taken.
The most difficult thing about this process is finding the building. Since this is quite a way out of the city most taxi drivers aren’t that familiar with the area. I though I would map out with pictures how to get there and where to go once you’re there.
The business complex is located near the northwestern corner of YongTaiZhong Lu and LongGangLu.
Head west about 100 meters on LongGang Lu until you see a red sign like this.
This is the place!
Go just inside the gate and you will see a friendly guard tapping a clipboard. You must sign in. It asks for you name, phone number, etc… Look at the names above your and guess what each thing is asking for. The guard doesn’t speak English, and it isn’t vital that you fill out all the information. Just look like you know what you are doing. After signing in, head right.
You will see this building but keep going to the right of it. You will need to come back here after you are done with your fingerprints to pay for them.
This road loops around behind the building and across a small parking lot with a couple of basketball hoops.
The you will see this building.
This is technically the back of the building,
so walk around it to the front and hook around to the entrance.
Go in this door into a large lobby.
Once you go into the lobby, turn an immediate left into a thin hallway which looks like this…
Ignore the enclosed stairway and continue onto a hallway. When you get to the hallway turn left.
This is the room where you will get your fingerprints taken. Go ahead and walk right in. I made the mistake of waiting for it to open, basically because as foreigners we don’t walk straight into a room with a closed door. But hey, this is China. Go on in!
Don’t expect this woman to speak ANY English, but she was quite lovely when I was there. If you are nervous about not being able to speak any Chinese, don’t worry. My Chinese is terrible and I did it with no problems at all.
The price has gone up compared to the official website – for two copies of fingerprints is 800 rmb. You can ask for four copies if you wish, but you must pay an additional 100 rmb for the extra copies. After doing your fingerprints, the woman hands you a piece of paper, and tells you (in Chinese) that you must go pay. She will keep your passport while you go pay.
Head back to the first large building you passed on the way in. Go into the front door, the sliding door will open on its own. Head to one of the counters with the receipt that the fingerprint-woman gave you and your cash. The guy behind the desk will ask you to write down your name on the back of your receipt so he can type it into the computer. Once again, don’t expect anyone to speak English. Do they see a lot of foreigners, YES, but still remember that YOU are in China.
After paying, he will give you a receipt and you can head back to the fingerprint office. When you return she will keep one copy of the receipt and give you the other one. She will show you the final fingerprint forms completed and stamped and give them to you, along with your passport.
Here is important information that you can print to take with you:
(Print these details to show a taxi driver)
Address & Location: No. 23 Yongtaizhuang Zhonglu, Haidian District, Beijing (Note – the entrance is around the corner from the address given) 地址：海淀区永泰中路23号
Telephone: 010-6290 7011(Reception),
010-8399 4891(Fingerpringting services appointments)
Here is the website where I found the information:
Please see some additional links if you need to send the fingerprints home to the FBI for employment reasons: