3) What will I need to pack for China?
There are plenty of Western malls and shops here, such as H&M, Zara, Pull & Bear, and Sephora etc. Those moving to Shenzhen will find it easier to buy Western products, Xiamen also has slightly more Western shops than Fuzhou and Changle.
These shops will accommodate for Western sizes and products. The weather is extremely hot in the summer, but a little cooler in the winter (moderate if you’re Canadian or Scottish!), so you would need to bring clothes for both winter and summer seasons.
Upon your arrival at your new apartment there will be towels, bedding, toilet paper, toothpaste and one adapter plug extension for each teacher.
While there are a couple of Western book stores in Fuzhou and Xiamen (none in Changle), the choice is limited, although teachers always hold book swaps so you should never be short of reading material, but it is something to bear in mind. Shenzhen will find more of a variety.
For women, bikinis are limited (although swimming costumes are plenty), so if you cannot order online due to your body size, it would be good to bring plenty with you.
It would also be a good idea to bring mosquito spray that has DEET in it, as the sprays here don’t so might not be as effective. However, you can also find this on Taobao.
Taoabo is an online store that is extremely cheap and what most of our teachers use to buy everything under the sun, from clothes to skin products to food! So don’t fret too much!
Read our teacher Katey’s blog post on what she was glad she packed when moving to China.