Date registered: August 22, 2012
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Well, I got my driving licence translated in a small shop opposite the American consulate. There are a few different places there that help Chinese people apply for visas, etc. I went along with a Chinese friend, and he just popped his head in a few of those shops and asked. Cost me 90RMB to get it done, but I've heard some people get it done for less.
I live out in the East of Chengdu, so for the medical I went to the "Number 6 Hospital" near Jianshe Lu. (成都市成华区建设南街16号) Its really quick and doesn't involve doing much - and it only costs about 18RMB.
As I said in the post above, from the 'China Drive' app and the Word file located on this forum (with about 1300 questions), only 1/3 of the questions on my test were actually the same. The rest were either rewordings of questions i'd come across before, and some were brand new (especially about dashboard lights and traffic cameras).
But even with the new questions, its not that much more difficult. If you're in a rush, just revise the old questions and go give it a go (thats what I did and I still passed first time). Or, if you want to play it safe, then just wait for the new questions to appear online. I did ask the staff if I could have a full list of the new questions (after I finished my test), they said they didn't have a full list available yet - but would have it ready "soon".
Well, got my licence today - so thought i'd update this thread with my experience (this is all as of 16th January 2013).
Things you will need for the test:
Original driving licence, translation of licence with stamp from company, medical check form, at least 3 photos (must be the smaller 1 inch photo - NOT passport size), passport/visa (with photo copies).
When you arrive, you need to fill out a form with a Chinese name - and you will have to sign this name several times (so brush up on your Chinese character writing). They now have bi-lingual staff on hand to help you out if your Chinese isn't strong.
I used the iPhone app 'China Drive' to revise for the test beforehand, it has a database of 1,300 questions, and this was pretty useful. However, from what I experienced on the day, the questions seem to have changed. From the test I took, at least 1/3 were ones I'd come across before in the app, 1/3 were similar but reworded slightly (even more Chinglish), and then 1/3 of the questions i'd never come across before.
There seems to be more questions based on penalty points (i.e. is a certain violation worth 2, 3, 6 or 12 points), and there are also some new questions popping up about traffic cameras. I also got pretty slammed with questions about the traffic police hand signals - which I still don't fully understand. Oh, and there were quite a few more questions about lights on the dashboard of the car - in relation to silly things like aircon (which of course is very useful to know!?! Haha).
Finally, the price I had to pay was 110RMB. That was just for a single test (not sure if you have to pay more for a re-sit if you fail the first attempt). But from what I'd heard from other people, this is almost half the price from before. I arrived around 9:45am and got through quite quickly, not much waiting around at all.
By the way, this was all at the test centre out in Xipu (http://j.map.baidu.com/pdMhh).