Suggested Things to Bring for Trip
- Medications that you use on a regular basis and a copy of your prescriptions
- Eye glasses, an extra pair and a copy of your prescription
- Antibiotic and something for traveler’s diarrhea
- Detergent to wash clothes. The hotel laundry service will be expensive.
- Kleenex and extra toilet paper. Many toilets do not have toilet paper.
- Hand sanitizer lotions
- Snacks (cereal, peanut butter, crackers, etc.)
- Light weight clothing - but not too much: pack lightly. On the Chinese interior flights you will be charged by the weight of your luggage-- and it is not cheap.
- Electricity converters and adaptors. electricity is 220 volts.
- Don't take expensive jewelry, watches or other things with you. Your computer is fine if you want to take it, but make sure it is covered by your home insurance.
- Bring small gifts for the managers and others with whom you will be meeting and working.
- Batteries, sun lotion
- Songbook of simple American type songs
- You will need some cash but the bank machines are usually available. Also do not bring cash notes that were printed prior to 2000.
- Don’t bring new shoes. Make sure your shoes are comfortable.
- Exchange money at Beijing airport-not in the U.S. But you meant get some before you leave just in case.
- At airports, look for taxi stands. Don't go with the taxi hawkers.
- Carry with you your destination written in Chinese. The hotel can help you with this before you leave or print out the name in Chinese characters from the website.
- Normally do not tip taxi drivers in China, but do tip restaurants, hotels, etc.
- Making phone calls to and from China is quite expensive and calling from hotels is very expensive. Country code for China is 86. Load SKYPE on your computer
- You will have access to the Internet in the hotel and also the hotel business centers have internet access.
- When you first arrive in China and after you collect your luggage, you will have to go through customs and fill out a customs declaration form. On it you will need to declare all items of value such as cameras, computers, jewelry, etc. You may need to show them when you exit from China.
Watch the movie The Last Emperor.