I find that kids who
have been to preschool and school do better in China because
they are more social and are used to structured time frames
as a result.
-- Pack antibacterial
hand wipes for kids and anything else that will help them
keep their hands clean is important. P.S. Grape-scented
wipes are now available in USA.
children to drink lots of water during our hot seasons.
Bring along powdered drink mix and put it into bottled
water. Then shake it up so you have pink lemonade or other
flavors during your treks.
-- Prepare your
children for peeing in pit toilets. Often parents show
their adverse reaction to these toilets and then, of course,
the kids will feel that way, too. Ed. note: I carry mentholated
or peppermint chap stick to be applied right under the
nose before going into "smelly"
bathrooms. That might make "going" more tolerable
for kiddies as well.
-- I also encourage
people to have their kids (those old enough) be responsible
for their own luggage which means kid-sized fanny packs,
kids wheely bags that are sturdy enough for them to pull
(sometimes a brightly colored adult wheely is best), and
-- I think it's worth
saying something about safety in China. When traveling
with children, kids are generally safer from crime in
China than in the U.S. However, in terms of personal safety
and health - the crazy traffic, congestion in shopping
areas and train stations, etc., it is more risky. In case
your child should become separated from you, parents traveling
with kids should prepare a note (preferably bilingual)
that has information for the police or anyone who may
find that lost child. The child also should be prepared
with what to say and do if this situation occurs.
-- Looking for
toys in Beijing? I recommend The Children's Department
Store on Wanfujing right near the Beijing Hotel. It is
one block north on the east side of the street near MacDonalds.
-- Yes, there's
MacDonalds and Pizza Hut in Beijing and the tastes will
be very familiar to the kiddies.
-- Lastly, I've created
a new website called "The Best in China" for
travelers to China and those moving to China. We've asked
expats throughout China to identify "the best in the country"
from their point-of-view. Now new arrivals can have first-hand
recommendations from those of us living here. In it you'll
also find one entire section devoted to Beijing for Kids
including travel to Beijing with kids. Welcome everybody!
Come and visit: www.TheBestinChina.com
-- Looking for
some suggestions on where to eat in Beijing, click