There are two channels, red and green, in China
customs. Take the red one if you have something to declare,
otherwise the green one. If you are uncertain which channel
you should take, then take the red one.
If you take the red channel, the customs officer
will check it to see whether you have to pay duty or you have
to deposit the things at the Customs, or whether you can take
them into China but have to take them out on your departure.
If you take things such as computers, cameras, video cameras,
gold and silver, printed or recorded materials, or anything
more than you need during your travel in China, or something
that you will not take out of China when you leave, you have
to fill in the Customs Luggage Declaration Form to declare.
The copy of the form must be retained by the
traveler and submitted to the customs when leaving the country.
All the items declared on the form must be brought out of
China or else import duty will be charged on them.
Visitors are allowed to carry into China a limited
quantity of duty-free goods including:
2 liters of alcoholic beverages
50g (2 ounces) of gold or silver
US$ less than 5,000
Chinese RMB with a total value less than 6000
Reasonable amount of perfume
1 still camera and reasonable amount of film
Prohibited imports include: fresh fruit, arms, ammunition
and explosives, printed matter,
films or tapes "detrimental to China", narcotic
drugs, animals and plants.
Remember: All the receipts of the valuable articles,
such as jewelry, jade, gold and silver ornaments,
handicrafts, artifacts, paintings and calligraphy, you bought
in China should be kept for the
exit check. Antique are not permitted to take out of China
unless certificates for export of
cultural relics from the Chinese Authorities are presented
to the customs