The following tips on baggage, luggage allowance for travelers on China domestic flights and international flights, can help you to avoid paying the over-weight penalties and travel smoothly.
Free Baggage Allowance in Weight
On international and regional flights, the free baggage allowance for each published adult-fare or half-fare passenger is as follows:
First class ticket: 40 kilogram (88 pounds)
Business class ticket: 30 kilogram (66 pounds)
Economy class fare ticket: 20 kilogram (44 pounds)
No free baggage allowance is granted to infants paying 10% of the adult fare.
Free Baggage Allowance by pieces
The free baggage allowance by pieces is applicable only on China-USA and China-Canada international flights. According to the class of tickets, the free baggage allowance for each full-fare of half-fare first-class and business-class passenger is two pieces, and the sum of the length, width and height of each piece must not exceed 62 in. (158cm). The free baggage allowance for each economy-class and discounted tourist-class passenger is two pieces, and the sum of the length, width and height of each piece must not exceed 62 in. (158cm). The sum of the length, width and height of the two pieces of baggage must not exceed 107 in. (273cm); the weight of each piece must not exceed 32 kg. An infant paying 10% of the adult fare is allowed one piece of free baggage, and the sum of its length, width and height must not exceed 45 in. (115cm). In addition, a collapsible infant carriage or stroller is allowed to be carried free. If baggage exceeds the free baggage allowance in pieces, or the sum of the length, width and height of each piece exceeds the prescribed limits, an excess baggage charge must be paid.
Hand Baggage or carry-on baggage
In addition to the free baggage allowance in weight, each passenger holding a full-fare or half-fare ticket may carry the following articles: a lady's handbag, an overcoat, a raincoat or a traveling blanket, a walking stick or an umbrella, a small amount of reading material for the trip, a small camera, a pair of small binoculars, infant's food for consumption in flight, an infant's carrying basket, a fully collapsible wheelchair, a pair of braces or artificial limbs. In addition to the free baggage allowance in pieces, regardless of the fare class of the ticket, the passenger may also carry hand baggage that can be placed under the passenger seat, and the sum of the length, width and height of all the pieces must not exceed 45 in. (115cm).
Packing of Baggage
The checked baggage should be able to withstand a certain amount of pressure, be completely sealed, well locked and firmly tied up. If baggage is not packed in accordance with these requirements, the carrier can refuse to accept it, and if they do will not be liable for any damage or breakage.
Tips to keep items neat
1. Bring along a plastic trash bag to keep dirty items separate from other clothes.
2. Pack shoes in shoe bags or old socks to keep dirty soles from touching clean clothes.
3. Pack carefully to avoid wrinkles.
Selecting Luggage tips
Having appropriate luggage can make a world of difference. Watch for luggage with the following features:
Retractable rollers: rollers will make it easier to pull your luggage through the airport. Retractable rollers prevent the rollers from catching and being pulled off.
Removable straps: Straps make luggage easier to carry, but they can get caught on conveyor belts and either break or damage your luggage. Be sure they can be removed.
A proper-sized carry-on will help you avoid exceeding the recent more restrictive carry-on size limits.
Tips on carrying medications
1. Carry them in your carry-on to avoid losing them.
2. Carry your medication in their original bottles to avoid security questions.
3. Bring along the generic names of your medications since brand names can vary.
4. For any questionable drugs or particularly large amounts, bring a letter from your doctor stating you have a legal right to use these drugs.
Carry-on luggage packing list
It is always essential in China for traveler to pack mutual valuables in the carry-on luggage. By drawing up the following packing list, you can prepare ahead of time and have nothing left behind. Then you will stay organized and hopefully avoid bringing items you do not need to carry on.
2. Driver's license if you plan to rent a car
3. Insurance cards
4. Credit cards
5. Traveler's checks
6. Travel vouchers
7. Airline, cruise or train tickets
8. Itinerary with confirmation numbers addresses and phone numbers of where you will be traveling
9. Guidebooks and maps
10. Plenty of one-dollar bills for all those tipping opportunities
11. A small amount of cash for immediate use
12. Valuable items