How do you send and receive your letters and package mail? Are local postal facilities adequate?

DPO but it goes through Hong Kong, adding an extra week to the process. Three weeks to get things from the US and three weeks for packages to get to the US from Beijing. - Nov 2019


U.S. postal services at the embassy. - Oct 2017


DPO at the embassy. If you get packages through int'l mail you have to go to the international post office which is a ways away from the embassy, but pretty easy to figure out once you get there. - Dec 2015


via work. - Apr 2015


DPO. - Aug 2014


We have DPO and Pouch here. - Jul 2014


Though the embassy - Jun 2013


We use the diplomatic post office (DPO) inside the embassy. No experience with the local postal system. - Aug 2011


Be careful... stuff you ship can have some major duties tacked on. It cost me $200 to get my repaired computer back. Also, a colleague had teacher resources held up for months in customs. - Apr 2011


The company has a lot of people traveling back and forth to headquarters so I usually send things back with colleagues to mail, or have them bring me things when they visit. The local mail is inexpensive, honest and reliable, but you have to go to the post office in person to mail packages. This takes a long time because post offices are very busy (like everything in Beijing). - Jan 2011


Embassy DPO. - Apr 2010


Letters are fine. Parcels are subject to surveillance for banned literature etc. - Jan 2010


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