China travel clothing recommendation map:
Luggage Restrictions for Travel to China:
Things You cannot Bring to China:
Do remember prescribed medications!
Do remember to prepare some drugs for emergency use, including Aspirin, vitamins, anti-inflammatory, anti-histamines, remedy for diarrhea and antacid.
Do take along your medical history (Blood Group, Allergies, and Known Medical Conditions) and keep in your first-aid kit. This may be helpful if you need to see a doctor or become incapacitated.
Do not carry excessive quantities of drugs; you may encounter problems at China Customs.
Do remember to take a power convert and adapter plugs. China's electrical system operates at 220 volts.
Do remember to take razor, camera, extra batteries, and chargers of all your electronic products.
Google may not work in China. Try to use http://www.baidu.com/ or Wikipedia .
You cannot get access to your Google or yahoo email most of the time when you are in China, so create a new email account to contact your family and friends.
Facebook and YouTube cannot be accessed in China, but you can use Skype, Viber, and Wechat. Try to use Chinese social media to connect with people when you are in China, like QQ (it also comes with a QQ email), Sina Weibo, or Wechat.
Calling and Messaging
If you have an unlocked phone, you can purchase a SIM card in the local China Telecom/ China Mobile store. It is recommended that you unlock your phone before traveling abroad.
You can also purchase a basic phone and charge the amount you need. Disposable phones cost approximately 200 RMB. Domestic calls cost approximately 0.2 RMB/min.
For calling and messaging internationally, you can sign up for an international phone plan from any U.S. calling company.
If you travel to the major cities, you may check out the following metro options for your travel. All of the metro signs are in both English and Chinese.
Shanghai Metro http://www.exploreshanghai.com/metro/
Beijing Subway http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beijing_Subway
Guangzhou Metro http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guangzhou_Metro
Taxis are available 24 hours a day; the starting rate is at or below $2.30 in total for the first three kilometers depending on the city. If taking a taxi to your destination, it is advised that you have the address written in Chinese characters in order to assist drivers with limited English.
Currency in China
The currency in China is the Renminbi (RMB or CNY). The basic unit is the yuan (also known as "kuai"), which is used to express all quantities including prices in shops etc. The yuan comes in paper notes of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 yuan notes, and 1 yuan coins. 1 Yuan = 10 Jiao. 6.23Yuan=1 USD (exchange rate as of 28 July 2014). Always check your change to ensure that you have not confused jiao and yuan.