The items listed below may be imported into China by travellers
staying less than 6 months without incurring customs duty:
cigarettes (2 cartons), 600 cigarettes(4 cartons) for stays longer
than 6 months.
bottles ( 75cl) of alcohol (four bottles for stays longer than 6
reasonable amount of perfume (enough for personal use)
Ammunition, arms, pornography (photographs in Western magazines
may be considered to be pornographic), radio transmitters/receivers,
exposed but undeveloped film, fruit and certain vegetables, religious
and political pamphlets (a moderate amount of religious material
intended for personal use is acceptable). Any printed items directed
against the public order and the morality of China.
Customs officials may seize video and audiotapes, records, books,
and CDs to check for pornographic, religious or political material.
Baggage declaration forms must be accomplished upon arrival noting
all valuables (such as cameras, jewellery and watches); this may
be checked on departure. Receipts for items such as jade, jewelery,
handicrafts, paintings, calligraphy or like items should be retained
in order to obtain an export certificate from the authorities upon
departing. Without these documents such items cannot leave the country.