More comfortable in the large cities of Hong Kong, Běijīng and Shànghǎi, children are likely to feel out of place in smaller towns and in rural areas. With the exception of Hǎinán, China is not famous for its beaches.

Ask a doctor specialising in travel medicine for information on recommended immunisations for your child.

Practicalities

  • Supplies Baby food, nappies and milk powder are widely available in supermarkets.
  • Restaurants Few have baby chairs.
  • Train Travel Children shorter than 1.4m can get a hard sleeper for 75% of the full price or a half-price hard seat. Children shorter than 1.1m ride for free, but you have to hold them the entire journey.
  • Air Travel Infants under the age of two fly for 10% of the full airfare, while children between the ages of two and 11 pay half the full price for domestic flights and 75% of the adult price for international flights.
  • Sights & Museums Many have children’s admission prices for children under 1.1m or 1.3m in height.

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