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What should I pack for my China tour ?

China is a very interesting and thrilling place to visit. There are a few key things that you need to be sure to bring with you, and some tips that can help you along your way.

Take traveler's checks, and some cash, as credit cards are not accepted by many restaurants and shops. Bring a security pack which will allow you to keep any return flight or train tickets and your traveler's checks, credit cards, and or cash, safely attached to your person, underneath your clothes. This way you can keep essential items safe if there is no safe in your hotel room.

Passports and Visas
You probably already know you need to have a valid passport for visiting China. But you also need an appropriate visa. Visas are issued by the Chinese embassy or consulate general serving your area. You can deal in person with the embassy or consulate, or you can ask your travel agent to manage the process for you. Special visa agents can also arrange your visa for you (for agents, google search "get china visa") but these services will cost extra on top of the $50 visa itself.

Health Concerns
You've heard about SARS and Avian Flu. You're concerned, but there's no reason to cancel your trip to China! Taking precautions while visiting any new place is a good idea and finding out the latest on what's happening in the area is the smart thing to do. The US Center for Disease Control doesn't require any vaccinations before you go to China, but they do make some recommendations. There are also some basic items you'll want to take with you just in case you have a run-in with a bad dumpling!


Electrical converter and adapter plugs. China's electrical system operates at 220 volts.

Hair dryer, razor, alarm clock.

Common toiletries, cold and digestive medications, lip balm, sanitary napkins and any over-the-counter medicines you generally use.

Chewing gum, mints or throat lozenges to keep your mouth moist.

Reading materials, including a guidebook on the places you will see.

Sunscreen lotion and sunglasses.

A light raincoat or an umbrella except in winter months.

Camera and film. Be aware that while print film is available in most places, slide film may be difficult to find. And be sure to pack extra batteries.

A notebook to keep track of all the exciting things happening on the trip.,
Author/Editor By : HCT