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By: Joann Soliz
Whether you're an experienced traveler or this is your first time going overseas, it helps to know what is and isn't accessible in a country like China so you can pack accordingly. Overpacking is a burden and under-packing is terribly uncomfortable.

I don't want to point out the most obvious for you here (i. e. should you bring your camera? ) but I do need to share a few things that many travelers to China tend to overlook. As you're packaging your bag or luggage for the journey, properly read through my suggestions beneath and plan accordingly.

Depending on the 10 years I've been traveling and living in China, I believe you'll be glad you did.

Here are some items that I've had a hard time finding during my travels about China. That's not to say that they can't be found! There are places in the big city where you can fill up on hard-to-find items, yet since those places are often out of the way, I find it better to just plan ahead and pack it before you leave. Is actually better this way because then you definitely not only get to choose your favorite brand but you also probably get a better cost.

Deodorant: I know quite a few travelers who just buy toiletries as they proceed but deodorant is one particular item that I specifically recommend travelers to buy in advance. It's not commonly used within China (a fact that you can quickly discover if you travel on a crowded city coach! ) and therefore the choices -- if there are any - are quite scarce.

Quick-Dry Clothes: washing machines are almost everywhere here in China…driers are not. Among the best decisions I made was to start buying quick-dry briefs and quick-dry shirts. If you're traveling around China throughout the summer, expect to be cleaning your clothes once a day or once every other day.

Through the south of China the wet season has begun, which can be a bit of a hassle but simultaneously could enhance your trip with early morning mist which can be spectacular in places like Guilin and Yunnan.

The weather will be quite dry in places like Beijing and Xi'an, so this is a superb time to visit those two places before it gets terribly hot in the summer.

Intended for shorter routes, you may find mini-buses, which seat about 20 people. But they can take quite a long time since they usually wait till it's completely full just before leaving (to maximize their particular profits).

Unlocked phone: if you have a mobile phone that is out of contract, learn how to unlock it for your journey to China (for example, here's a tutorial on how to uncover your AT&T iPhone ). All you have to do once you arrive is buy an inexpensive SIM card (which is easy to do) and you have an instant capability to communicate. Or, if you're not really out of contract, simply bring the phone and connect via Wifi when offered (although I suggest you also get a VPN in China for protection reasons ).

Like the April and May months, September and October is one more excellent time to visit China. Places like Xinjiang, that are normally blazing hot in the summer and still a bit too cold in spring, are in ideal season.

When compared with taxis in Western countries, taxis in China are relatively cheap. Again, be sure you write down your destination in Chinese since your chances of finding an English-speaking driver can be slightly better than finding a Chinese-speaking driver in New York City (on a side be aware, Beijing has 5 instances more taxis than NYC).

Don't Bring Too Much Cash: many people get worried about cash, especially if they're traveling outside the big Chinese cities. Don't be. ATMs are everywhere in China and provide a decent exchange rate. Traveler's cheques are also an inconvenience to deal with. My advice is to bring enough cash to live on for some days (and split this among bags in case 1 gets lost/stolen), have traveler's cheques as a backup and then use your bank card in a ATM. (Also, read up on the right way to get money into China )

An additional option is to hire a taxi for a half- or full-day. You'll need to negotiate just how much you're paying for a flat price (for all passengers, not really per-passenger! ) and spell out where you want to go. As being a very general guide, you might expect to pay about Y300-500 to hire a taxi for the day (as well as paying for your driver's lunch).

Listed below are not essential to your trip right here to China, but I think you'll find that it's nice to possess a few of these things along with you.

So for around $900 per month you may make China by storm. Keep in mind, if you wanna stick to a budget like this you always have to consider what you're buying, is the extra comfort worth the extra money? Should you consume on the street? Do you wanna hold a panda pertaining to an extra $200? China is still a cheap country to travel in, so get here quickly before they take over the world. Content travels!

Be sure you watch your calendar during the winter months, though. As I stated earlier, it's important that you at least be aware of when the Chinese New Yr lands so that you can be prepared or avoid it all together.



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