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.
Your first stop is on the outskirts of Xi’an, where you will find the final resting place of Qin Shihuangdi and his protectors into the after-life, the Terracotta Warriors. Then it’s time for lunch, a quick and simple (yet authentic) Chinese meal. That will give you the energy you need to explore the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the old city walls. You’ll wrap up the day in the Muslim...
History buffs will love this tour. On this truly eye-opening journey, we will take you from Beijing, which has held the title of capital on-and-off since the 11th century BC, to Xi’an, which held the title for an impressive 13 dynasties. Your Beijing adventure includes a jaunt around the city’s hutong alleyways on the back of a cycle rickshaw. Any trip to Beijing is incomplete...
Beijing → Xi'an → Beijing
4 days • CNY 2,090
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...
4 days • CNY 1,270
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Shanghai → Water Towns → Suzhou → Shanghai
Hong Kong is a unique Chinese city, part of the British empire for 99 years and then handed back to China like a gift in 1997. While officially part of China, it is still "one country, two systems" which helps preserve its unique culture. Our one day tour is arrange to show you the most of Hong Kong you can see in a single day. If there are other sites you would like to see we can add a...
This is a ‘no-frills’ tour along the classic Beijing → Xi'an → Shanghai route. You’ll start your first morning in the Chinese capital with a tai-chi class, followed by a trip to the gorgeous Temple of Heaven, and wrap up the day with visit to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square for a lesson or two in Chinese history. The Huanghua section of the Great Wall of China is...
Beijing → Xi'an → Shanghai
Jiuzhaigou is an area of superb natural beauty, featuring colorful lakes and multi-level waterfalls, is part of the Min Mountains and is on the edge of the Tibetan plateau. This tour takes you to the two major national parks in the area and accommodates you in a unique Tibetan village. The hotel is in an open valley where you can hike or go horseback riding. If you want horse riding added to...
You can’t visit Chengdu without making the journey to the largest stone Buddha in the world, carved entirely out of a cliff-face! Your visit will start with a boat ride along the river, to make sure the whole Maitreya fits in your photographs! Then, you can get up close and personal, by walking from the head of the statue to its toes! After visiting the Grand Buddha you will move on to...
This tour takes an incredible pilgrimage through Tibet, visiting the most important historic and cultural sights along the way. Starting in Lhasa you will visit the Potala Palace, several monasteries and walk the Barkhor with Tibetans on their own holy pilgrimage. On your road trip around Tibet you will visit Samye Monastery, then the cities of Gyantse and Shigatse. Next a trip to Namtso...
Beijing → Tibet / Lhasa → Tsedang → Gyantse → Shigatse → Namtso Lake → Tibet / Lhasa
Have you ever heard of Datong? It is a small city in Shanxi province, best known for its rich history, and it is well worth checking out. The first day of this tour will take you to the famous Hanging Temple, which is bound to blow you away with stunning architecture inside and out. Visiting the Yungang Grottoes, home to the oldest Buddhist cave art in China, is also sure to be an...
Beijing → Datong → Beijing