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What to Pack

If you are planning to go to China for traveling, there are some things which must to be packed. Hereunder are some tips on packing just for your reference. Remember that the packing should be light and compact. Leave more space to make your trip comfortable and pleasant.

 The Basics
1. Passport & Visa
2. Air tickets to China
3. Emergency Card with your detailed contact information including full name, address, phone number…
4. A guide book with Chinese translation (Beijing Map attached)
5. Money: Traveler's cheques, credit card or cash - cash must be changed for RMB at Beijing Airport; suggest you come to China with a sum of about US$ 2000 (all cash or half cash/half TC); bring with you a debt Card (Visa is a good one – MasterCard is well used too).
6. Use only the ATM of Bank of China and withdraw the maximum every time (to save the tax).
7. A water bottle
8. First-aid, especially protection against leech-bite.

We suggest you pack as few things as possible. Everything necessary can be bought easily in China. Things are not very expensive and the quality is generally good. What kind of clothes you have to pack depends on the season.
In summer: light and comfortable clothes that can be easily washed and dried such as T-shirt, pants…
In winter: Down garment or winter jacket, hat, scarf, gloves…
In spring and autumn: Sturdy, warm and washable clothes, maybe a comfortable jacket, sweater, casual coat…

It all depends on the season. But a good pair of comfortable and waterproof walking shoes, sandals, running shoes, hiking-type boots or maybe dressy shoes (if you plan to be present at some formal occasions) will be necessary.

 Other Items
Camera, films and batteries
A knife used to peel fruit
Stationery like pen, notebook…

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Comments and Questions

Going to be in shanghai and beshing 3/22to3/31 what should I bring to wear

Reply2/11/2018 6:59:05 PMSharon

Edgar :2/14/2018 12:24:10 AM

It can be a little cold and the temperature will range from 2C to 16C during your stay. Overcoat, sweater, and long john are necessary.

I am going to beijing in 19th March 2017. What should i wear and how to avoid cold or flu...what is the expected wheather there.

Reply3/8/2017 1:04:35 AMEdwin,   China

Brian ( Belgium ) :3/8/2017 1:17:32 AM

It may be cloudy on that day according to the weather forecast. The temperature might range from 50F to 65F. It is suggested you wear thin sweaters and jackets. Keep warm in the morning and evening to avoid cold or flu.

Hi! Me and my family will be traveling to Beijing this mid or late april. This is actually my first time traveling to a cold country so I woul like to ask what kinds of clothes should I bring? Should I bring thick jacket? Is it still cold around that time? Because I also don't want to embarrass myself by wearing thick jackets but it's already hot in there HAHA. And also how much money should we bring if we're traveling as a family of 4? Thank you! Hope you can help me 😊

Reply2/22/2017 8:43:17 AMEllona Pulvera,   Philippines

Ramona ( Denmark ) :2/27/2017 10:08:22 PM

Ellona, don't worry. The weather should be warm at that time. Based on last year's weather condition, the temperature might range from 50~75F in a day. In late April, the highest temperature might even reach 85F.
T-shirts and thick jackets should be appropriate.
If you stay there for a week, CNY2,500 per person should be enough to cover the dinning, transportation, and sightseeing.

Hello,I will be visiting beijing and shanghai on 8th March 2017, pls suggest suitable clothing to pack as this is my first trip to China. Also how many cash should I bring as most of the accomodation are pre-booked and paid for. Many thanks!

Reply2/20/2017 2:08:09 PMTata,   Indonesia

Victoria ( Denmark ) :2/21/2017 9:29:51 PM

According to the weather forecast, it might be cloudy at that time in both BJ and Shanghai, with the temperature ranging from 40F to 60F.You are suggested to pack some thick sweater and coat.As for the money, it depends on how many days you plan for your trip. Generally speaking, CNY3,000~4,000 per person should be enough to cover the expenditure of shopping, dining, sightseeing, and transportation for one week.

hi! I am going to Beijing for 22 days. Around how much RMB do I need to bring.

Reply12/11/2016 7:52:22 AMLW,   Singapore

Fiona ( France ) :12/11/2016 8:13:42 PM

Hi, dear! The cost depends on your travel itinerary, hotel accommodation, shopping, dining, and transportation. You can take a maximum amount of CNY 2,0000. You are advised to bring your credit cards. So you can withdraw some money at the ATMs or local banks. :)

Hi! I'll be visiting Beijing and Shanghai the end of November. What kind of clothing do you guys recommend I bring?

Reply11/13/2016 2:08:48 AMAnnie,   United States

Jenny ( Australia ) :11/13/2016 8:46:17 PM

In BJ, it will be cloudy, and the temperature will range from 20F to 35F. In Shanghai, it will be cloudy and rain sometimes. The temperature will vary from 40F to 55F. You should pack down jackets, sweaters, shirts, pants, boots, scarves, gloves, and raincoats. Have a nice trip!

I will be heading to china Xian for a month the end of nov till the middle of Dec what kind of clothing should I bring

Reply10/5/2015 11:28:23 AMG,   United States

Amanda :10/11/2015 4:30:27 AM

Oh, it will be cold then. The temp may range from -5C to 6C. There would be many cloudy days and most of them are dry. You should prepare sweater, down jacket, mask and other thermal clothing.

I'll go travelling to Beijing on September 24th.
It's my 1st time to go there.
What should i wear ?
Thx before

Reply8/25/2015 4:31:36 AMYessy,   Indonesia

Lynn :9/16/2015 11:27:56 PM

Dear Yessy. Hope this is not too late. I just checked the latest weather forecast. It will be fine on Sep. 24, with the temp varying from 8C to 26C. It can be warm in the daytime, so wear long-sleeved shirts and light jeans. In the early morning and late night, a jacket is needed.

I am going to Beijing in April, what should I pack ( money clothing etc.) ?
Many Thanks,

Reply1/13/2014 2:24:20 PMDuncan Lynch

Hebe :3/14/2014 4:35:35 AM

according to the current temperature, I estimate that the highest temperature in April will be higher than 20 C. so you can take some short-sleeves shirts for hot afternoons, and t-shirts, jeans, and a light coat for cool morning and night.
as for money, it depends on how long you are going to stay, but i suggest that you not take too much cash.

Will be visiting Beijing eary April. How's the crowd would be during Qingming? What clothing should i bring?

Reply1/1/2014 7:27:39 PMJin,   Malaysia

Linda :3/14/2014 4:36:47 AM

Qingming is a pubilic holiday, so it will be very crowded in Beijing.
it will be spring in April, T-shirt and jeans are fine.
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