Packing for China
What to Pack
You should bring what you will use, but you don’t need to over pack. You can buy most things in China. It's good to have some empty space to put your purchases. If you need another sweater, an umbrella, common toiletries or a hat you can buy it if you didn’t bring it. For more details see our section on shopping.
It's easy to buy cans of Pringles, Oreo cookies, disposable diapers, tampons, Listerine mouthwash and endless other western brands and products that have made their way around the globe. Pharmacies have common medicines, clothes are easy to buy and grocery stores have lots on offer.
Some good things to bring: sunlotion, spare eyeglasses, sunglasses, bug repellent, a mobile phone, laptop computer and prescription drugs.
Usually one rolling carry-on and a rolling check-in are a pretty good setup if you are on a tour. While international baggage allowances will vary, while in China if making domestic flights between cities then you must consider domestic limitations. Normally in economy class it is one check-in bag of 44 pounds / 20 kilograms plus a normal carry on. Enforcement varies so if you are over you may or may not have to pay excess.
Room for Treasures
Leaving empty room for purchases is a good idea, there are lots of fun things to buy if you like to shop.
4 days • CNY 2,000
So, you want to see Beijing, but only have a few days to spare; we have the perfect tour for you! We will whisk you off to all of the capital’s must-see sights as well as a few lesser-known spots, to give you the full Beijing experience. Of course, you can’t come to China without seeing the Great Wall. However, if you don’t feel like the climb, we include cable car tickets up and a...
2 days • CNY 1,060
Two days in the Chinese capital may not seem like very long, but it’s just enough to tick off a few of Beijing’s must-see sights. Let your imagination run wild in the Forbidden City, holiday like an emperor at the Summer Palace, and whizz down the side of the Great Wall in a toboggan. Make the very most of your short stay in Beijing by tucking into real Chinese cuisine, in a restaurant...
1 day • CNY 550
This itinerary is perfect for families with kids of any age. Who doesn’t love pandas? At the Beijing Zoo, you can get up close to everyone’s favorite animal, without having to travel all the way to Chengdu! There is also a spacious green park at the zoo, with fun exhibitions and a children's playground. The hutong (alleyway) tour includes a trip up the Drum Tower, where you...
On the first day of your Xi’an adventure, you will be able to tick one of the Seven Wonders of the World off your bucket list – the Terracotta Warriors. After that, you’ll head to Huaqing Hotsprings for an afternoon of relaxation. You’ll end the day on a high with a Tang Dynasty performance and plate-after-plate of lip-smacking Chinese dumplings! After a very relaxing night’s sleep at...
1 day • CNY 650
This tour was made for those visiting Shanghai by boat. We will pick you up and drop you off at Shanghai Port. Our first stop is Yuyuan Garden, a gorgeous traditional Chinese garden perfect for a stroll or simply an hour of relaxation! Then it is on to the Oriental Peal TV Tower, arguably the most iconic addition to Shanghai’s famous cityscape. From the tower, you will be able to take in...
When most people hear the words ‘Beijing art scene’, they imagine ancient architecture, Chinese calligraphy and ink paintings; but there is so much more going on than that. On the outskirts of Beijing lies Songzhuang, a traditional Chinese village that has been taken over by a community of artists and is now home to creative types from all over China and the rest of the world. We...
Discover two of China's lesser-known cities over the course of this four-day tour. Datong is home to some of the country’s most awe-inspiring ancient attractions, such as the Hanging Temple and gorgeous Yungang Buddhist Grottoes. The walled city of Pingyao is one of the best-preserved ancient towns in China and the birthplace of China's imperial banking system. What makes...
Beijing → Datong → Pingyao → Xi'an
This tour takes you to one of the most magical parts of China, southern Anhui province. With the mystical Huangshan Mountain and numerous Huizhou villages dotted the surrounding hills, this is China at its most bucolic. What makes this tour special: You could spend days village-hopping or hiking around the Huangshan summit, but for this four-day tour, we have cherry-picked only the best of...
Huangshan → Huizhou Villages → Huangshan
This day trip is packed full of historical and religious significance. Your first stop, the Longmen Grottoes, are a sight to behold, both from the outside and within! Despite the ‘long men’ (huge statues of Buddha and his disciples) who welcome you on your arrival, ‘Long Men’ is actually Chinese, not English! The name translates as ‘Dragon’s Gate’. The White Horse Buddhist...
Take a step back in time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life as you experience this three day tour in some of China's most picturesque ancient villages nestled in between rivers and mountains. During this tour, you will visit four Huizhou Villages: Tachuan 塔川, Hongcun 宏村, Xidi 西递, and Tangyue 棠樾. We recommend staying overnight in Tachuan Village, which is very...
Huangshan → Huizhou Villages → Huangshan