Viking China (Part 2)

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Beaverton, OR
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I too was a little worried so I checked the Beijing and Shanghai Airports sites to determine the policy. Batteries must be clearly marked with voltage and current capacity. I also checked some frequent traveler websites for anecdotes.

I'll post the airport info later so you can can see the requirements are for safe passage thru security.
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Originally posted by caribill
Sorry, I had poor wording.



It is power banks that are not allowed. These are devices that are basically batteries you have charged and then can be used to send power to or recharge other devices such as cell phones.



Regular camera batter chargers that you plug into a USB port or a wall outlet are 100% allowed.



Also no problem for the cords you use to get your devices recharged.


We had no issues with our power bank, others had power banks as well. We did 4 intra China flights and every security check was different. By the last flight we all knew items that were questioned or heavily scrutinized and just went ahead and put those items in their own bin. We kept all batteries, power cords, and our quiet vox in their own small packing cube so we could pull out easily and keep everything together. At one checkpoint they made us take out our noise cancelling headphones so they could examine further. Some had their camera lenses examined and some other odd items.

One member of our group had a metal walking cane that had to be checked which made it difficult for him walking to the gate but that was the rule. Others forgot and packed batteries in their checked luggage which will hold up the check in process. They will scan and call you back to take care of the offending item if anything is found. Just pay attention to your guide and they will help facilitate the process. Viking does a great job!




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Originally posted by rpfin
We had no issues with our power bank, others had power banks as well.
Glad your group had no problem with the power banks.

Our group that traveled through the Beijing Airport had a big problem with their power banks as everyone of them was confiscated, no matter how small.
Protesting that they were allowed under the rules posted in English meant nothing to security personnel who spoke very little English.
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Originally posted by caribill
Glad your group had no problem with the power banks.



Our group that traveled through the Beijing Airport had a big problem with their power banks as everyone of them was confiscated, no matter how small.

Protesting that they were allowed under the rules posted in English meant nothing to security personnel who spoke very little English.


We flew into Beijing as our tour was Beijing to Shanghai so we didn't have to go through Beijing security. As I said each airport security within China was different, maybe that was the difference.


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Glad to hear that normal battery chargers are not a problem, don't know what I would do with the batteries for my camera and flash.

Now another topic--we'll be doing the Vikings Undiscovered Chino with the Hob Kong extension in October. How is the weather at this time--do we need to pack shorts or will jeans and capris be fine for the day tours. Don't want to overpack.
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Thanks for the clarification.
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Caribill, thanks for the clarification.
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Originally posted by SBJB8184
My digital camera battery might only last one day if not re-charged. How can one survive without a camera battery charger?

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Since there is no way to charge batteries while touring, I have two batteries for each camera and make sure that all are fully charged each night. There were a number of times on the China trip that I went through both batteries--and multiple SD cards.
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In a review of our Viking Cruise documents, I notice that the Intra-China flights allow a carry-on of ONLY 8 x 16 x 22 and ONLY 11 lbs. Even a normal backpack would exceed the 8 inches. Can folks tell me if this is enforced? What has been your experience on carry-ons?

Thanks.
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Originally posted by SBJB8184
In a review of our Viking Cruise documents, I notice that the Intra-China flights allow a carry-on of ONLY 8 x 16 x 22 and ONLY 11 lbs.
... by way of comparison the size limit on most US airlines is 9x14x22 so the Chinese limits don't really warranty the 'ONLY'.
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They were a bit lenient on size, but closely spot checked weights. If you're attempting to bring a roller on the plane as a carry on, expect them to weigh it. If over weight you will check it. If it's your second bag, expect to pay.
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Our carryons were not rollers,

When we went, they neither sized them or weighed them. The sizes were reasonable, but the weight was definitely more than 11 pounds.
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Looks like we'll be on the same vacation--we leave the US on Oct. 7 for the Viking Undiscovered China and will also be doing Hong Kong. I've been told by my friend and TA who went with Viking to China in October that you don't need to bring shorts. I'm hoping she's right because I don't want extra poundage in the luggage.


Originally posted by candkd
Glad to hear that normal battery chargers are not a problem, don't know what I would do with the batteries for my camera and flash.

Now another topic--we'll be doing the Vikings Undiscovered Chino with the Hob Kong extension in October. How is the weather at this time--do we need to pack shorts or will jeans and capris be fine for the day tours. Don't want to overpack.
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Originally posted by candkd
Looks like we'll be on the same vacation--we leave the US on Oct. 7 for the Viking Undiscovered China and will also be doing Hong Kong. I've been told by my friend and TA who went with Viking to China in October that you don't need to bring shorts. I'm hoping she's right because I don't want extra poundage in the luggage.
Weather-wise, for October, pack as if you were heading to Boston or New York City or Chicago in October, at least for the main part of the tour; I don't know about Hong Kong. Temps will be variable and you could get anywhere from warm (no jacket needed) to down right chilly (darn, I wish I had packed another layer). Be prepared for rain and raw weather (we were there in May and had a couple of damp, raw days). Start following the China weather, especially the long range forecasts. We used the on-board laundry service so that we didn't have to bring two weeks worth of clothing and it worked out wonderfully.
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Thank you for the link, gnome12. My question came from Smbruner's Post #4346 on page 218 of this thread. The #12 tip in the post describes and recommends the Silk Art Gallery. I'm not sure if the link from Trip Advisor describes the same place, but it was interesting anyway.

Glad to hear we'll be on the same adventure, candkd. Looking forward to meeting you! I am NOT looking forward to the decisions of packing, but shorts won't be included for us. Peregrina651's suggestions will be followed..various layers.

We will not be taking the extension to Hong Kong, but have added on two extra days in Beijing and have hired private guides to show us other parts of the city not covered by the Viking tours.

Thanks, again, to all who offer TONS of good advise.
Beaverton, OR
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Originally posted by caribill
Our carryons were not rollers,

When we went, they neither sized them or weighed them. The sizes were reasonable, but the weight was definitely more than 11 pounds.
We are on a 2 month round-the-world adventure, with the Viking Imperial Jewels tour in the middle. We are traveling with only a backpack and rollaboard each. We had no issue at all with our Beijing-Xi'an or Xi'an-Chongqing internal flights. Just had to make sure our phones, tablets, computers,batteries, coins, liquids, and umbrella were taken out of our backpack for security inspection. Our rollaboards easily weighed 15kg/30lbs each.

Lots more logistic details here:
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showp...&postcount=149
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