What should I Pack?:
Casual clothing is appropriate at all times although clothes that are too revealing are still frowned upon in all Asian countries. Try to pack lightly as your trip may involve an amount of personal baggage handling as porters are often not available except in larger hotels. For security reasons it is essential that your baggage can be locked whilst during air transportation between cities. At times, you may not be able to check into your hotel room immediately or be able to access your main bags. To ensure your comfort, a change of clothes in your hand luggage to coincide with local weather conditions is always handy. All personal toiletries should be taken with you and small packets of tissues or wet wipes are recommended. A small medical kit containing medication to alleviate common ailments is suggested.
Electricity and Plugs:
China has an electricity supply of 220 Volts. There is no universal power point in China, you will find that some hotels will have the same sockets as those available in Australia and New Zealand but this cannot be relied upon as it varies from property to property. Adaptors, also known as conversion plugs, should be bought in hardware, department and Duty Free stores in most capital cities or upon arrival in China.
The local currency in China is known as the Remminbi. It is divided into the units Yuan (=dollar) and Jiao (=10s cents). Credit Card and Traverllers' Cheques are NOT commonly used in most Chinese cities, many local shops and restaurants do NOT accept them. Please plan ahead and prepare local cash prior to your departures. Try not to leave this to the last minute.
AUD$1 = 4.5 (approximately)
Should be valid for at least 6 months after your trip overseas
Please make sure you have valid visa covering the entire trip.
It is suggested that you should visit your doctor or travel clinic for a health check-up and to discuss your travel plans and implications for your health.
Not all medications are available in China, therefore please take prescription medicine with you and always carry on your person a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor.
Custom clearance guide for international passengers:
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