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.
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 a backpack.
-- 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
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
-- 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
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