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What's the Baggage Limitation for Each Foreigner When Coming to China?

  Free Baggage Allowance

Passengers are entitled to a free baggage allowance: 40kg
for first class, 30kg for business class, 20kg for economy
class. In addition to the free baggage allowance, these
articles will be carried free: a lady's handbag, an overcoat, wrap or blanket, an umbrella or walking stick, a reasonable amount of reading matter for the flight, a small camera, a
pair of binoculars, infant food and an infant carrying basket, a fully collapsible invalid's wheelchair and or a pair of crutches?and/or braces or other prosthetic device for the passenger's use provided that the passenger is dependent upon them.

What to Pack for My Trip to China?

The rule of thumb is to pack lightly, and to bring casual clothes. A sturdy, comfortable
pair of walking shoes is an absolute. A sports coat and a nice shirt for man, and one or
two dresses or pantsuits for women will suit the most formal occasions to be encountered
in China. Travelers should bring shirts, sweaters and jackets that can be worn in layers to
suit a range of climates. Shorts (for both men and women) are fine for summer days though not recommended when visiting religious shrines. Remember, dress for Comfort, not for
Tibet Travel Permits & Tibet Visa
There are two documents required for foreign tourists who want to travel in Tibet. One is the Chinese Visa, which you can apply for in Chinese Embassy in your place. Another is the Alien's Travel Permit issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau.

Non-Chinese passport holders (including those of Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and other countries) must have an Alien's Travel Permit as well as a valid passport and a visa (Travelers from countries having visa exemption agreement with Hong Kong do not need a visa) to visit Tibet. Visa can be obtained from the local China consulate in your country. Since the government encourages group tours to Tibet the permit is issued only to tour groups traveling with a Chinese tour operator. Your travel agency will represent you to facilitate the application process.
The tips in airport before you come to China

What can I expect upon entering the airport?
Beijing Capital Airport is a modern, medium sized airport (the new airport, one of the most modern airports on our planet will be open to the public in mid 2008). After leaving the aircraft you proceed to the health and immigration counters. Depending on the arrival bridge, this takes approx. 3 to 7

What kinds of formalities am I likely to face?
On board of your arriving flight the crew distributes 3 forms to each passenger:
a) a health declaration
b) the immigration form
c) customs declaration form.

Guide Picks - Top 5 China Guide Books

If you want to get a China guide book, make sure to get the latest edition of the book. Since China is changing rapidly, the latest edition should have more accurate information.
1) Lonely Planet China
  • By Caroline Liou, Paperback, 1088 pages, 2000, ISBN: 0864427557
Includes a brief history of China, maps, useful Chinese words, and some good advice. But some of the information in the book may be out of date since China is changing rapidly. If you just go to Beijing (or Shanghai), you may get the book just for Beijing, such as Lonely Planet Beijing.
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