Pre-travel information

Prepare your arrival

Vaccinations

  • Make sure you are up to date with vaccinations, for example, TB, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus
  • Make sure you have vaccinated yourself against Hepatitis A.
  • Have Japanese encephalitis vaccine if you planning to travel in more rural places in China (especially in tropical areas) and/or South East Asia
  • Consider rabies vaccine especially if traveling to Tibet.

Please talk to a travel nurse or other medical professional in good time for professional advice on vaccinations.

International travel insurance

For the sake of protection of yourself and your valuable belongings, we recommend you to buy international travel insurance to cover your trip to China. Please consult an international travel insurance provider for more information.

Documents to bring to China

  • Passport
  • Five copies of your passport information page and one copy of your Chinese visa page
  • Pictures of your passport information page and Chinese visa page in your mobile phone
  • Two passport photos (white background)
  • Original admission notice and JW202 form returned to you by the Chinese embassy or consulate
  • Financial documents to prove you have paid the deposit, tuition and non-tuition fees
  • Scholarship certificate (if applicable).

Money

Confirm with your bank if your bank card can be used in China, and inform your bank of your plans so they do not put a security block on your cards. You can use most Visa, Mastercard and Cirius cards in the majority cash points in China. There are several cashpoints at airport arrivals which have multiple language options. Prepare enough Chinese currency in cash to pay your accommodation deposit and utility fees when checking in the accommodation (around RMB 3,500). Prepare enough Chinese currency in cash for yourself to buy food or pay for transport within the first few weeks.

Packing

Towels, linens, bedding, cooking utensils, will be provided by the accommodation provider or bought at reasonable prices in Suzhou, you are recommended to bring following things to China:

  • Adapter for your electronic devices
  • Special medications prescribed by your doctor (in hand luggage)
  • Clothes and shoes (only if you cannot find your sizes in China).

When packing you should consider following factors:

Weather

Suzhou is located in the south-east of China, in the subtropical humid monsoon climatic region with four distinct seasons, mild temperature and abundant rainfall. The daytime temperature averages 34°C in July/August, the hottest month, and around 0 -3.0 °C in January/February, the coldest month.

Electricity

Mains electricity in Mainland China is generally 220V, 50HZ AC (Hong Kong is 200V; Taiwan is 110V), so please check whether the voltage on your devices is compatible or not. For sensitive devices it is best to check that the cable has a transformer, especially if you are travelling from the USA.

Whilst it is very easy to buy electronics in China, they are not necessarily cheaper than anywhere else in the world and the quality cannot be guaranteed.