• Banks, Foreign Exchange & ATMs -- The Bank of China (Mon-Fri 8:30am-6pm), Zhimin Lu 36 near the Traffic Hotel and Xin Nan Men Bus Station, has full foreign-exchange facilities and an ATM. The branch at Renmin Nan Lu opposite the Min Shan Fandian also has an ATM, and is open the same hours.
  • Consulates -- The U.S. Consulate is at Lingshiguan Lu 4 (tel. 028/8558-3992; Mon, Tues, and Thurs 1:30-3pm, Fri 9am-noon and 1:30-3pm; http://chengdu.usconsulate.gov). Take bus no. 16, 61, 49, or 50 to Lingshiguan Lu. TheSingapore Consulate is located on the 31st floor of First City Plaza East Wing, at Shuncheng Da Jie 308 (tel.028/8652-7222; Mon to Fri 9am-noon and 1-5pm).
  • Internet Access -- Try the Qilin Wangba and Jin Shou Wangba, which both charge ¥2 per hour. Both are halfway down the alley off Lingshiguan Lu near the U.S. Consulate. There is also an Internet cafe on the second floor above Xin Nan Men Bus Station that is surrounded by computer game machines. It also charges ¥2 per hour. Otherwise, you can find Internet cafes around the university, the U.S. Consulate, and the Jiaotong Binguan, most of them open 24 hours. Dial-up is tel. 163.
  • Post Office -- The Jinjiang Hotel post office (8am-noon and 2:30-5:30pm) at Renmin Nan Lu 80, 2 Duan, opposite the Min Shan Fandian, is reliable and conveniently located.
  • Visa Extensions -- The Exit-Entry Office of the PSB (Jingwai Renyuan Banzheng Qianzheng Ting) is at Wenwu Lu 144 (tel. 028/8640-7067; Mon-Fri 9am-noon and 1-5pm). The entrance is at 391 Shuncheng Dajie. Processing time is officially 5 days, but 3 days seems to be the average, and it's even speedier if you show an ongoing ticket. Take bus no. 55, 62, or 73 from railway stations 16 or 64; get off at the junction of Renmin Zhong Lu and Wenwu Lu and walk east.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.