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China is divided into 23 provinces, five autonomous regions, four municipal districts under the direct jurisdiction of the Central Government, and one special administrative region. The 23 provinces are Anhui, Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guizhou, Hainan Heilongjiang, Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Jilin, Liaoning, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, and Zhejiang The five autonomous regions are Guangxi, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Tibet, Xinjiang. The four municipal districts are Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai, and Tianjin. Hong Kong is a special administrative region.

Chinese Customs Declaration:

Inbound and outbound passengers to or from China should go through Customs Clearance.

Customs Clearance:
According to the Chinese laws and regulations, luggage of the inbound and outbound passengers must be under customs supervision and control. Passengers should provide factual declaration to the Chinese customs for the content of their luggage, carrying into or out of the country.

Restricted Inbound and Outbound Items

Cigarettes and Liquor:
PassengersLimits to Duty-Free Tobacco ProductsLimits to Duty-Free Liquors (> 12%)
Inbound and Outbound Hong Kong & Macao200 cigarettes, or 50 cigars, or 250 grams of tobacco One bottle (less than 0.75 liters)
Short duration visits between China and Hong Kong / Macao less than 24 hours40 cigarettes, or 5 cigars, or 40 grams of tobaccoNot allowed for Duty-Free
Others400 cigarettes, or 100 cigars, or 500 grams of tobaccoTwo bottles (less than 1.5 liters)
Note: The limits on importation of non-duty-free cigarettes and liquor are the same as those of duty-free; Passengers under 16 years old are not allowed to carry any cigarettes nor liquor.

Passenger's Personal Belongings:
Each passenger is allowed to carry a camera, a portable tape recorder, a small movie camera, a portable video-camera, and a portable word-processor. A passenger with personal articles exceeding the allowable must make declaration to the customs service. Passengers should bring their belongings with them when they depart China.

Gold, Silver, and Articles Made of these Metals:
Passengers with gold, silver, and articles made of these metals, each exceeding 50 grams should declare to customs when entering China, and should carry them out of the country. Gold, silver, and their products (including new arts and craft articles, such as inlays and containers) bought from shops should be released by customs after examination of Special Receipts issued by the People's Bank of China.

Foreign Currencies:
There is no limitation for the amount of foreign currencies, traveller's check, or credit card carried into China. Inbound passengers who are residents of China carrying more than US $2,000 cash or non-resident passengers with more than US $5,000 cash or an equivalent amount in other foreign currencies must declare to the customs. When the passenger leaves China, outbound customs will release unspent foreign currency after examination of the declaration form issued by the inbound customs. For outbound passengers with foreign currencies exceeding the amount alluded to above, the customs will need to examine the Foreign Currency Carriage Permit issued by the State Administration of Exchange Control.

Renminbi (RMB):
The limit of Renminbi (RMB) for inbound and outbound passengers is 6,000 yuan. Innound and outbound passengers with more than 6,000 yuan RMB will not be allowed to enter or leave the China.

Cultural Relics (Artworks of Deceased Artists):
Inbound passengers with cultural relics should declare to the customs upon entry, so that they can carry the items out of China during outbound inspection. Cultural Relics purchased during the visit should be accompanied with certificates issued by the Chinese administrative department. Carrying cultural relics out of the country with any official certificates is strictly against the law and violators will be prosecuted accordingly.

Raw and Processed Traditional Chinese Medicines:
The limit for outbound tourists on raw and processed traditional Chinese medicines is 300 yuan; and 150 yuan for tourists to Hong Kong and Macau. There is a 200 yuan limit on mailing traditional Chinese medication to foreign countries and 100 yuan to Hong Kong and Macau. Outbound tourists carrying a reasonable amount of raw and processed traditional medication for personal consumption will be allowed if accompanied with appropriate receipts and foreign currency exchange certificate.

Tourist Commodities:
There is no restriction to the amount, value and variety for overseas tourists carrying souvenirs and handcraft articles purchased with foreign currency in China with the exception items under duty and national regulations. These items will be released upon inspection of related receipts and foreign currency exchange certificates.

Rules for Duty of Luggage and Mail Articles:

To simplify customs procedure, Chinese Customs has instituted special tariff rules and rates for inbound passengers' luggage and inbound mail. A tariff rate ranges from 10% to 100% will be imposed on these articles. The CIF prices are approved, published and carried out according to the retail prices in the international market.

Articles Prohibited from Entry or Exit:

  • Weapons, imitation weapons, ammunition, and explosives
  • Counterfeit money and forged securities
  • Printed matters, negatives, records, films, audio and video recordings, laser optical video-discs, computer storage media and other articles containing materials deemed "harmful to China politically, economically, culturally, or ethically".
  • Poisons
  • Opium, morphine, heroin, marijuana, and other narcotics
  • Bateria, harmful insects, animals, plants (and their products), food, drugs, and other articles from epdemic- stricken areas if such areticles may be harmful to human beings and animals
  • Articles that may Not be Taken Out of China:

  • All prohibited articles mentioned above
  • Manuscripts, printed matters, negatives, photos, records, films, audios, and video recordings, laser optical video disc, computer storage media, and similar articles if they contain information regarded by the Chinese as "secrets"
  • Cultural relics and relics not permitted by the Chinese for export
  • Endangered spicies and protected animals and plants (including specimens), their seeds and breeding materials


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