Gotoco Camp China

Participants on our programmes often comment on how much safer China feels than the UK, Canada and the USA. Though people typically have a great time in China, you should still exercise a sensible level of caution and be prepared: be careful and sensible and avoid taking any unnecessary risks. Keep your valuables safe and secure at all times. Raise any concerns about the security of your accommodation with your programme coordinator and contact Gotoco if you need more assistance.

Neither our organisation nor our partner schools can accept liability for any difficulties that you may encounter–but naturally we will do all we can to assist in any way possible. We have provided placements to hundreds of participants over the years, and never yet encountered any major problems.

Before coming, make sure you have photocopies of your passport information page, visa and travel/health insurance policy. Keep the copies in a different place to the originals so if you lose your bag, you can use them to get a replacement. Foreigners are supposed to carry their passport round with them in China, but we recommend only carrying photocopies of your passport and visa, to reduce the risk of losing these important documents. You can use a driving licence or other national ID for entry into bars, if necessary.

Be careful crossing roads—there are normally multiple lanes of traffic and cars/bikes/scooters/buses to watch out for. The volume of traffic is generally quite high, but also quite stop-start and motorists are generally ready to slow down for pedestrians and bikes if necessary, but ensure you make eye contact with the driver and are certain they will stop before stepping into the road. Generally it is best to wait until the road is quiet before crossing, as you would at home. Make sure you follow all traffic signals.

Always be alert and aware that the rules of the road are different to what you’re used to. Use of car horns is very common and can be irritating when you’re not accustomed to it, but it helps to warn others that a vehicle is coming, rather than being used infrequently (as in the UK) as a sign of danger or extreme annoyance.

The most common hassles travellers run into are instances of petty theft at tourist sites and traveller’s diarrhoea. We suggest you

  • exercise normal caution
  • avoid suspicious situations
  • take care of your belongings
  • do not eat anything suspect
  • carry a basic first aid kit
  • use common sense
  • do not break any local laws

Check out this link which has been recommended by previous travellers.

For more information, check

  • travel advisories of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office accessible here
  • travel warnings section of the U.S. State Department at (202) 647-5225
  • travel advisories of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control at (877) FYI-TRIP or online here
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