Beijing - Post Report Question and Answers

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

The DPO and pouch are available, though they take a long time. The mailroom staff are very professional. - Nov 2021

Diplomatic mail service - Nov 2020

DPO, when airlines are running. For local shipments, you can always use the local Kuai Di drivers. - Aug 2020

DPO. - Jul 2020

All DPO or pouch for the Embassy. You could use local mail, but we didn't. Shipping and buying items from Taobao and similar offline is super cheap and delivery is fast and cheap. - May 2020

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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