China combines an ancient history encapsulated in the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an with the high-tech, futuristic city of Shanghai and Beijing. Let Luggage Mule ship your luggage to China so you can make the most of your trip to this epic Asian state.
Customs: China has strict border controls, and it is forbidden to bring almost all fruit, vegetables and meat products into the country. Check the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China website for full details.
Price: One way shipping from 158.99!
Shipping times: 5 working days
Flights: Direct to China flights take approximately 12 hours from Britain. Major gateways include Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.
Currency: Chinese Yuan, also known as renminbi (RMB or CNY)
Power: 220V, 50Hz.
Visas: British nationals require a visa to enter mainland China. 30-day visa, 60-day and 90-day visas are available. If you intend to stay for longer or work in China, you will need an alternative visa. Visit the visa for China website for information.
Time difference: China Standard Time, GMT+8.
Packing for China
Summers in China are generally hot and long but average temperatures fluctuate depending on the region. In the northern and central areas the average temperature is 26°C and in the semi-tropical climate of the south they can rise to as high as 40°C. Suncream, sunglasses and a hat are all musts and long-sleeve tops are also advised to protect your skin from the sunrays. Rain is frequent most of the year except in September and October when it is uncommon. We recommend taking waterproofs, particularly if you’re visiting the humid south. If travelling in winter, thick clothing and boots are recommended to combat the extreme cold with temperatures dropping to as low as -20°C, particularly in the northeast.
Ship your bike to China
China offers a lot for the cycling enthusiast. The route from Urumqi to Dunhuang, a one-time major stop on the Silk Road, traverses snow-capped mountains, dense forest, and sweeping deserts – and it’s a great way to connect with the Yugu, Kazak, and Mongolian cultures. The route from Beijing to Mohe, known as ‘China’s Arctic Village’, is another scenic pathway for those wishing to explore the little known north. Alternatively, each July top international road cycle teams contest the Qinghai Lake International Road Cycling Race and the circuit is open all year round for aspiring cyclists. Let Luggage Mule ship your bike to China at reasonable rates, giving you the chance to enjoy this circuit, as well as the Chinese countryside, on your own bike.
Ship your golfing gear to China
China is home to the world’s largest golf club at Mission Hills, on the Hong Kong border. The 216-hole club has twelve courses, each designed by a world-respected architect. Other alternatives include the scenic Shanqin Bay on Hainan Island, and all three courses at the Stone Forest Country Club, located deep within the UNESCO world heritage site in the South China Karst region it’s a unique woodland club. Luggage Mule can ship your golf gear to anywhere in China at reasonable rates with a reliable service, giving you the chance to enjoy these tremendous courses with your own clubs.
What to ship home from China
There are great souvenirs to bring home from China. The tea markets in Beijing, Shanghai, and Chengdu are great places to buy speciality teas and other tea paraphernalia. Chinese silk is respected around the world and you’ll find clothing and bedding as well as bags and accessories on both ends of the pay spectrum. Tibetan-made jewellery sold in temples is another popular Chinese purchase.
Lastly, Chinese calligraphy is a universal art form and can be found on everything from fans to pottery to wall hangings. If you’re planning to bring back gifts, don’t settle for single items – with a generous 30kg allowance, our luggage shipping service allows you to buy multiple purchases and have them delivered right to your door.