Take power plug adaptors for all regions. China itself has at least 5 different types 2 pin round, 2 pin flat straight with earth and 2 pin flat angled etc. The big hotels (Shangri La) use the British style 3 pin. Some apartments use the US 2 pin They can be bought quite cheaply in Beijing at any market (Shang Chang) or electrical shop. Outside of Beijing it's more difficult.
Don't forget the travelogue 'A Year in Beijing'
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather in Beijing is so dry and windy almost all the seasons. So, some body lotion is needed. In summer, it is pretty hot, T-shirt can be nice then. And winter it is so cold and sometimes snows too, don't forget your coat then. And yes, usually you have to walk a lot while visiting places, so, sport shoes are really needed.
DON'T forget to bring along your much-treasured ATM card to withdraw cash. Yes, no need to rush to the money-changers to change all your currencies into Chinese Renminbi (or Yuan, as the locals there call it) before your trip. Once you adhere to the following steps closely, you should be fine:
- Flip to the back of your local ATM card now, do you see the logos 'Cirrus', 'Plus', 'The Exchange', 'Maestro' etc on it?
- If the answer is 'yes', then you have absolutely nothing to worry about!
- Why? Because you can withdraw cash from any ATM machines in China, no matter how obscure the town or village you're at is.
- If you use this method, you'd also save alot on the interbank exchange rates. Money changers will charge you much, MUCH more compared to a bank.
- DO NOT withdraw cash from your Visa/ Mastercard. This is considered a CASH ADVANCE and you'd be slapped with a very hefty fee! Not worth it. :-(
I've used this method many, many times before and so far, no ATM machines in this world have failed me.... Yes, even at the remotest village in China! :-)
So, happy travels!
'Every land has its own special rhythm, and unless the traveler takes the time to learn the rhythm, he or she will remain an outsider there always!' - Juliette de Baircli Levy (English Writer); b.1937
Winters in China can be very harsh. When we were there, it was even snowing in Beijing! So bring along some heavy duty woollen jackets if you're planning to go in winter.
Their summers can be hot and humid. You'd also notice lots of flies swarming towards you during this season. Not a good time to visit if you're not particularly excited about flies!
Photo Equipment: I usually bring along THREE types of cameras with me these days and load them with different types of films i.e. ASA200 film (for day) and the high speed Kodak 800 film for museums or places that do not allow flash photography. So, the cameras that I'd bring are: the Olympus mju Zoom (with wide-angle lens). I usually use this camera for day photography.
I also bring along my Pentax Zoom which I use for places that does not allow flash photography...AND my ultra-small Canon IXUS Zoom camera - smaller than the size of my palm. This camera requires a special type of film (APS) to be used.
Luggage and bags:
Don't take too much luggage with you...it happend to me that I found nice and very cheap backpack and suitcase overthere and had to trough old ones away.... I also decided that next time I go to China I won't take big luggage with me at all....I can buy all I need when I get there
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: good shoes to walk with and if you arrive before april, take some warm clothes with you
Beijing - albeit photogenic - is rather heavily polluted and you shouldn't expect blue sky and sunshine too often. Choose your film accordingly.
Miscellaneous: Lonely Planet's new book on Beijing (ISBN 1-86450-144-8) was published in January 2001. I've found it quite useful and so would you I guess.
Miscellaneous: If it’s hot when you go to visit, buy an umbrella when you get there. It’s a life saver in that sun. We also had water spray..one of those things I almost didn’t bring that ended up being invaluable!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For climbing the Great Wall it is nessessary to have good shoes or boots with you! The steps are steap and unregular and you don't want to break your legs!
Masks,antibiotic clothes,gloves,eyepatch,even gas mask......&more carefully things!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: disinfector ,sterile gauze,soaps,&more medicine to buildup one's resistibility ....
Luggage and bags:
The Dragon carved on the wall here is beautiful. Each one is different.