In the last 20 years, China has caught up and is comparable to a western country in many aspects; however, one should consider a few points before traveling to China to fully enjoy the stay.
Before the trip, it is advisable to take out a travel cancellation insurance with repatriation and a travel health insurance. These are relatively low cost yet very important.
What if something happens in China?
There are international hospitals and private clinics in all major cities. As a rule, you pay in advance and will be reimbursed by the insurance afterwards. Please collect all receipts for later submission.
The money in China is called yuan or renminbi. It is not recommended to exchange beforehand in the US or Europe; the exchange rates are often unfavorable as the Chinese yuan must be requested first. A small amount of Euros or USD in cash would be enough to bring and then exchange at the airport. You could also withdraw money with your credit card at an ATM. Before the trip, you should contact your bank to make sure that your cards are not blocked for international transactions or for China.
In China, cashless payment is very popular. MasterCard and Visa are common credit cards that can be used at most ATMs and larger stores. The important thing is that to make sure the credit card has a 6-digit pin, so you do not have any unexpected difficulties with Chinese ATMs.
Before the trip, you should consult wit your doctor regarding your vaccinations, and renew them if necessary.
The following vaccinations are recommended:
- Tetanus vaccination
- Diphtheria immunization
- Polio vaccine
- Vaccination against hepatitis A
- Vaccination against hepatitis B (for stays longer than three months)
Your doctor may recommend further vaccinations based on the itinerary and travel time.