Chinese customs are generally straightforward. Visitors to China
must fill out a customs form upon arrival. When you enter the country
you are asked to declare electrical goods and luxury items such
as cameras, computer equipment etc. Keep this form until you exit
to avoid paying duty on goods you brought into the country.
You may import 400 cigarettes, 2 liters of alcoholic beverages and
50g (2 ounces) of gold or silver. There are no restrictions on the
amount of foreign currency you bring in to the country. You must,
however, declare any cash exceeding US$5,000 or the equivalent.
You may only bring in or out of China RMB6,000.
imports include: fresh fruit, arms, ammunition, printed matter,
films or tapes "detrimental to China's economy, culture and ethics",
narcotic drugs, animals and plants.
you purchase antiques in China, you must obtain a certificate of
authenticity. You need this certificate to avoid trouble when departing.
Present this form when going through customs to avoid having your
antique declared a "cultural relic" and confiscated.