9 Tips for Moving to China

What on earth should you prepare when you’re moving to the other side of the world?

To ensure your stay in China goes as well as possible I have listed 9 tips below or you can watch the video at the bottom of the post.

1. Bring cash

Bring enough cash to survive for 3 months. You might not get your salary or apartment allowance for a few weeks. Also, using foreign bank cards in China incurs fees and it may not be easy to find ATMs that accept your card.

2. Bring your favourite food items

Don’t plan to leave your favourite food items at home. You will miss them once you get to China and you will struggle to buy them once you arrive.

3. Bring your favourite products

Make sure you have a generous luggage allowance so you can bring your favourite beauty products, such as shampoo, deodorant, and face wash. The products you’ll find in China may include whitening chemicals or may not be vegan/organic. Further, products like deodorant are hard to find and way more expensive than in the UK.

4. Bring clothes & shoes if you need big sizes

Most people in China are slim and have small feet. If you wear medium size or bigger in your home country you will be a large or extra large in China. So stock up on shoes, underwear, and basics like leggings. You don’t want to be running around loads of shops trying to find items that fit you.

5. Bring all your paperwork

Whenever you do an administrative task in China, such as opening a bank account or sending money home, you need more paperwork than you could imagine! So bring everything with you. All your certificates, vaccine records, and even passport photos.

6. Bring souvenirs & traditional costumes

There will be opportunities for you to share your home culture with others. People will be fascinated to see postcards, coins, and costumes from your home country. You can also bring small souvenirs to give as gifts and prizes.

7. Install a VPN on all your electronic devices

You will not be able to live without YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram for more than a year. Don’t try.

8. Don’t plan on buying electronics in China

Bring your electronics with you. If you buy electronics here they will have restrictions on them which will be frustrating when you leave China.

9. Unlock your phone & install apps

Make sure your phone will accept foreign sims and download apps such as WeChat and Pleco.



Published by Lettice

Lettice is an avid traveller, volunteer and writer. Follow her blogs for tips on where to go, what to do, and how to get there.

2 thoughts on “9 Tips for Moving to China

  1. Hi again, Lettice!
    That’s a fairly comprehensive list and so reminds me of when I lived in Japan!
    I was never a huge fan of baked beans until I couldn’t get any😱😂🤣
    Glad it’s all going well for you😍👌💐
    There’s still a lot of singing in my life, Festival Hall concert only last week for one🎶

    xxx Shirley

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    1. Hi Shirley!!
      It’s great to hear from you! It’s been too long! How was Japan? I want to go there one day. Festival Hall is a beautiful venue! What a nice stage to be on!! I’m glad there are still singing opportunities available. I miss them so much! Thanks for the message. I hope to see you soon! ❤


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