Only Permanent Representative (working in permanent institutions), only foreign resident staff enterprises in the three forms of Sino-joint venture, cooperative business and exclusively foreign-owned enterprises in China, and foreign experts are allowed to bring their car into China. But the foreign students studying in China cannot bring in cars for their private use.
Overseas students of high level who are verified by governing departments and live or work back in China for more than 1 year continuously can apply for importing one self-use motor vehicle from overseas, including sedans, SUVs and passenger cars with no more than 9 seats only.
Diplomats are allowed to import a vehicle duty and tax free including motorcycles. Other foreigners are strongly discouraged from importing vehicle. Returning Chinese citizens are allowed to import their vehicle only if they are returning diplomats or can get an import permit.