Personal belongings can be brought into China duty-free, including some food, two bottles of liquor and two cartons of cigarettes. Wristwatches, radios, tape recorders, cameras, movie cameras and similar items may be brought into China for personal use, but they cannot be sold or transferred to others and they must be brought out of China.
Gifts for friends and family, and articles carried on behalf of others, must be declared at customs when entering China.
You can bring into China an unlimited amount of foreign currency and Chinese Renminbi (RMB) traveler’s checks, and the unspent portion can be taken out of China.
Prohibited articles to bring into China
Items purchased in China with Chinese Renminbi (RMB) that was converted from foreign currencies, must be taken out or mailed out of China after the receipts are presented to the customs official. In cities where a customs office does not exist, this can be arranged through the local Friendship store.
Prohibited articles to take out of China