Bringing Popcorn to China
Replies: 24 - Last Post: Jan 7, 2013 7:47 PM Last Post By: egjeg
Nov 29, 2012 5:42 PM
Nov 29, 2012 6:08 PM
1Bring your popcorn. Should be no problem. Chinese customs are very relaxed about pretty much everything except for large numbers of unopened iPads, bibles, or maps depicting Taiwan as an independent country. I've never heard of problems carrying in anything else, and it's very common for Chinese returning from overseas to bring large suitcases full of mixed nuts, fish oil, and milk powder.
Nov 29, 2012 6:14 PM
2They do not care and do not check but, frankly, I can find pop corn everywhere in Beijing.
Nov 29, 2012 8:15 PM
3Egjeg and JPDeM are right. Even in more remote cieties like Changsha, you can find popcorn kernels. But if you insist on bringing them, it's no problem. Just walk through customs.
Nov 29, 2012 9:12 PM
Nov 29, 2012 9:24 PM
5I don't know about Jenny Lou, I never shop there but you are right about microwavable. But this is also all we find in Canada. Every movie theater also has pop corn.
Nov 29, 2012 10:46 PM
Nov 29, 2012 11:15 PM
7OP is not talking about microwave popcorn, as that is not generally sold in 1 pint jars. If you want loose popcorn, best to bring it with you because it is not easy to find in China.
If I am wrong and it is easy to buy loose popcorn in China, please let me know exactly where, because I have searched for it, finding taobao and import groceries to be the only options.
Nov 30, 2012 3:43 AM
8Thanks for all the replies ! I never dreamed it would create such a large lthread !
I was thinking I can find it in Beijing but
A) Don't want the hastle of scurring around.
B) They sell a lot of popcorn in the US and some of it is not very good.
So do I need to declare this ?
thank you all so much !
Nov 30, 2012 4:30 AM
Nov 30, 2012 5:04 AM
10I'm wondering if the Chinese authorities may be cracking down a bit on all the stuff people bring through. I have a Chinese friend who is currently in Oz and heading back in a week or so that is, hopefully, bringing me copious quantities of Vegemite but she was a little concerned that she wouldn't be allowed in with in. But then, maybe she's just over-cautious.
That said, I've brought seeds, cheese, tea, all sorts of things back into China without an eyelid being batted. The only thing I've ever had confiscated was a cork-screw that was in my hand luggage.
Apropos pop-corn kernels: I know where to get them in Changchun - just don't like pop-corn much.
By the way: where, exactly, is Jenny Lou's?
Nov 30, 2012 5:19 AM
11There are a bunch of them scattered around Chaoyang in Beijing, centered around sanlitun.
There was recently some kind of dispute and Jenny Lou's split into Jenny Lou's and Jenny Wang's.
Nov 30, 2012 5:33 AM
Nov 30, 2012 5:57 AM
13Actually, on the streets of the French Concession in the evening in the fall and winter, they popcorn on little carts with a blast heater, its is delicious, and better than anything offered in the USA. Overall, US Popcorn sucks...
We bought popcorn in Shanghai and Beijing at the western and gourmet stores, dont see the big deal there...
Nov 30, 2012 6:38 AM
14Declaring it? Nah. Head to the "Nothing to declare" exit. I know an American who goes back to the US 4-5 times per year and always brings back a big frozen turkey. He was never bothered.
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