While China is a relatively open society, it's always a good idea to know what kinds of things are prohibited there, especially those items that you might not think about while traveling within your own country. Here's a list of items you should not bring to China:

  • Lots of electronics, you just don’t need them
  • Physical books – too heavy
  • Politically sensitive material
  • Expensive jewelry, clothes, etc.
  • Towel (they have them there)
  • Illegal drugs (including marijuana)
  • Too much clothing (leave empty space in your luggage for souvenirs to bring home!)
  • Do not bring more than US$10,000 cash

There are also many other things you can't bring into China (weapons, plans, animals) - check the Chinese government website if you have any questions.