China Travel Checklist

What to bring with you while traveling to China? Take a look at our China Travel Checklist which could give you the guidance.

Read senior travelers, women travelers, students travelers, and traveling with kids for more helpful tips.

Home Checklist

  • Arrange for pet and plant care
  • Stop routine deliveries
  • Make your home seem lived-in while away by
    putting lights and a radio on timers
  • Turn down thermostat
  • Leave keys, a copytravel itinerary and your
    contact information to family or friends
  • Lock windows, garage, and doors

Before you Leave

  • Guide books and maps
  • Passport and visa(s)
  • Foreign currency of your destination country
  • Credit cards
  • Travelers checks or ATM card
  • Insurance: Trip Cancellation/Medical
  • Personal Identification
  • Photocopies of documentation
  • Birth Certificate (if necessary)
  • Marriage License (if necessary)

Basic Essentials

  • Appropriate Luggage
  • Luggage Locks & ID Tags (Locks are needed for checked baggage when flying inside China)
  • Appropriate Clothing
  • Comfortable Footwear
  • Rain Gear
  • Camera or Video, with batteries and charger
  • Small Flashlight
  • Small Binoculars
  • Sun Protection (Hats, Sunscreen and Sunglasses)
  • Reading Materials
  • Leisure facilities (PSP, Media Player)
  • Ziplock Plastic Bags
  • Contact List with information of your travel advisor, tour guide, embassy, as well as your family and friends.


  • Comb/Brush
  • Toothbrush/Paste
  • Dental Floss
  • Shampoo
  • Blow Dryer
  • Deodorant
  • Lotions/Creams
  • Cologne Water
  • Lipbalm
  • Towelettes
  • Shaver and Shaving Cream
  • Towel/Washcloth


First Aid Kit
  • First Aid Kit
  • Aspirin/Pain Reliever
  • Diarrhea Medicine
  • Laxative
  • Insect Repellent
  • Contact Lens Preparations
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Alcohol Wipes
  • Motion Sickness Medicine
  • Personal Hygiene Items
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Record (If necessary)
  • Contact Information of Doctor or Medical Advisor
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I updated this article on July 12, 2012
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Questions and Answers About China Travel Checklist

SophieG 2013-07-28
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Hello, I am visiting southern china in september, and I need to find out the easiest form of transport between Shenzhen railway station and Da wang cultural highland located on Wand Tong road, Luohu district. I''ll be travelling often between these two locations so any advice you can give on transport and cost is greatly appreciated!
Dear SophieG, It is about 12 km from the railway station to Da wang cultural highland. The convenient way is to take a taxi, it takes about half an hour and it costs about CNY40-50/US$6.5-8 per car. You also could take Luobao line subway(罗宝线)from Luohu station(罗湖站) to Guomao station(国贸站), then take No. 306 bus from Jinguanghua square station(金光华广场站) to Shawan station(沙湾检查站) where is about 750 meters from Da wang cultural highland. At last go to Da wang cultural highland on foot. It takes about one hour at least. Lussie Lu replied on 2013-07-29
P. K. Kundu 2013-05-21
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Trip to Chongqing from Dhaka Bangladesh via CAN (Guangzhou) and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. How could I get on the Hotel, Chongqing, Sheraton from the airport while arriving at 21:50 Hrs by CZ Flight? And how could I get my food with low-cost shopping?
Dear P. K. Kundu, It is about 28 km from the airport to the Hotel. You could take a shuttle bus to Shangqing temple(上清寺), then take a taxi to get to the hotel(about 10-15 minutes). You also could take a taxi from the airport to the hotel directly, it takes about 50 minutes and the costs is about CNY150/US$25. Around the hotel, you could find many lcoal restaurants, but you arrive there so late, I am afraid that the restaurants are closed. You'd better have some food around the airport or take some snacks by yourself. Lussie Lu replied on 2013-05-21
Barbara 2013-03-09
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bejiing shanhai xian yangsee river clothing??

What is your starting date and route, please?

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-03-11
Drew 2013-01-25
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Hello - I am an American moving to China in February. I am going to a doctor and nurse before I leave for a health screening so that my insurance company is up to date with my health. Will I need to take any kind of shots before traveling to China?
Hi Drew, yes, it is suggested that you take another kind of insurance before traveling to China. Whitney Liao replied on 2013-01-28
Mai 2013-01-22
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I''m a woman travelling alone to Shanghai in March. From the airport, I need to get to my hotel in Pudong. Which is the safest and best way to get to my hotel? Thank you for any info.

Hi Mai, you can take a taxi to get to your hotel. We also have private transfer from the airport to your hotel. The price is higher than the taxi. However,  our service includes an English speaking tour guide besides the car and driver. It is completely safe, no matter when you'll arrive.

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-01-22
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