- Get your passport as soon as possible.
- Once you have your passport, make enough copies of the important pages (front
page with your photo and the Chinese visa page, after we obtained the visa),
to have one in EVER PIECE of your luggage, camera bag, etc. and one in your
wallet. Also, please leave one with me.
- Before departure, I will provide you with a letter of introduction from
the Dean and a letter of invitation from our Chinese host. They will help
you pass through customs smoothly.
- Several important emergency phone numbers will be given before departure.
- Keep all material to a minimum.
- A carryon (it should be with you all the time during traveling) and a luggage
that can be shipped through with airlines are recommended.
- Take as much as possible in the carryon pack, such as camera, sun screen,
special medicine, teddy bears (kidding), and bath tissue (not kidding)...
Put most clothing through shipping luggage.
- Mark all luggage with some colors or flags so that they can be identified
- Take an alarm clock with you.
- Dress is casual, no need fro suit and tie.
- We will travel in early summer days. During day time, you may wear T-shirts
and shorts or jeans, but a light jacket and a light sweater are recommended
for evenings and/or cold weather.
- Prepare a clean dress/shirt and pants for occasional semiformal meetings
and/or dinner occasions.
- Easy walking light shoes.
- Keep in mind, you can buy things locally. Why bring "Made in China"
clothes to China?
- Take some cash and some traveler's checks.
- Wear a money belt to protect your money and passport all the time.
- Always exchange your money in a bank or in a hotel. Never do it on the street!