Have you looked into getting a Chinese driving licence ?
I find out there are 2 options.
1, on arival at Beijing airport, I read you can get temporary licence, for the duration of your visa.
2. Take your EU licence and first go to Hong Kong, and transfer it to a Hong Kong licence.
Costs $150 USD to transfer.
When you get your HK licence,
Then, take your HK licence to mainland China eg: Guangzhou, as it is closest, and transfer that to a mainland Chinese licence.
I go back to Beijing 02 December, so I will try this in the Beijing airport, and report back.