Chinese Embassy London

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The PRC’s main Embassy to the UK is based in Portland Place, Marylebone, central London. The nearest tube stations are Regents Park (Bakerloo Line) and Great Portland Street (Hammersmith & City, Circle and Metropolitan Lines) in Undergound Zone 1.

The Chinese Embassy is the permanent diplomatic mission of the government of the People’s Republic of China in the UK. Most UK citizens will only ever need to contact the Embassy about applying for visas to Hong Kong and Macau. Visa applications to mainland China will instead be processed by the China Visa Application Center, a different office in London. All the information on Chinese visa applications is explained in detail on our Visa Applications page.

For Chinese citizens living in the UK, the Chinese Embassy will be your point of contact when you come to renew your passport. Information on this can be found on our Passport Renewal page.

Those wishing to legally adopt or marry a citizen of the People’s Republic are also likely to need to contact the Chinese Embassy in London to have this legitimized. More info on adopting a Chinese child can also be found on this site.

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Chinese Embassy: 51.521075, -0.145618

 

The contact info of the Embassy is:

Address

31 Portland Place, London W1B 1QD

Opening Hours

9am – 12 midday, Monday to Friday except for British Holidays

Telephone

+44 020 7631 1430

Visas

If you are hoping to visit China then the visa you are going to need a different visa than those who are hoping to work there, perhaps as TEFL teachers. This information is covered in more detail on our visa page. The visa you need as a tourist is known as an L-visa and gives you a thirty day stay in China provided you can provide proof that you have actually booked a flight.

To work in China you will need to get a Z-visa. This lasts for an indefinite period of time but in order to obtain it you will require a registered company in China to sponsor you, i.e to prove that you have got a job with them. This one is slightly more difficult to obtain for that reason.

Passport Renewal

If you are a Chinese citizen residing in the UK then should you need to renew your passport you will need to contact and obtain a form from the Chinese Embassy in London. There is very little information on this on the official Embassy website but all the details can be found on our Passport Renewal page. Be warned, however: China does not allow multiple nationality and so if you find it is more convenient to take British citizenship you will automatically lose your Chinese passport.

The Current Ambassador

The Current Ambassador for the People’s Republic of China to the United Kingdom is Liu Xiaoming. He is an alumnus of Dalian University where he primarily studied the English Language. He later obtained an MA in International Relations from Tufts University.

He was born in 1956 making him 56 in 2012. He has previously served as Ambassador to Egypt (for two years between 2001 and 2003) and also to North Korea. His predecessor was Fu Ying, a female and ethnic Mongolian who was known for campaigning for China to abandon its nuclear weapons program.