Bring iPad to China?

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  1. NYC_Gal
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    Can you bring an iPad to China? Some of my friends tell me not to, saying custom will confiscate them?
     
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    I'm conservative, but I try to avoid taking a laptop into countries like China and Russia. There could be issues about needing to declare it or they might want to inspect or worse for either inappropriate material or any science/technology stuff that they might decide concerns defense or trade secrets. I'd rather not take the risk if I can avoid it.
     
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  3. NO.

    Its fine.
    I am in China several times a week with Ipad, Iphone and Macbook Pro. Customs doesn't care. They don't want you bringing in 5. Your own is fine. Have a great trip. Where are you visiting?
     
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    I've been to China once. I brought my iPad. No problems whatsoever.
     
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    I goto China quite often, personally I have never had an issue bringing iPad or laptop into China. Sometimes I bring both. I have nevr even had them check it.

    What I would expect is limited access to some websites (Facebook? Etc. Never know what is bing blocked, but bloggish or social media type sites are most commonly blocked). Also, they have some weird spyware/Trojan/spam type stuff floating around over there that can be buggy, so be careful what you open/download while using Internet there.

    For example at some point there was a bit of a controversy revolving around the Chinese version of Skype that had been hacked/hijacked which had a bug embedded into it for recording conversations...use your imagination and assume you are in a country where freedom of speech and communication is not what you are used to.

    Having said that, it's an awesome place to visit and experience. Enjoy to the fullest! I enjoy every visit.
     
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    I was in China about 3 years ago on business, had no issues with either a smartphone or laptop.
     
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    Cool. Thanks everyone!
     
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    Nothing ever changes , I made my first trip to china in 1975-76--- went 4 times a year for about 20 years spent 2-4 weeks each trip - once I was on one of my first trips i was speaking on the phone to my Hong kong office and I said tell Mr. Chang in "Tawian " I WILL.... AND THE PHONE LINE WAS "CUT" OFF
     
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    They used to (or may still) intercept snail mail. Back then (as late as the mid-80s), mails that contain the word "Taiwan" or any sensitive wordings never got through to my relatives. Friends said the same thing. I never know how they did it though. How do you open & read so many letters? Now that's efficiency....
     
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    I have a Hong Kong Chinese partner , back in the 1980's i wanted him to make a trip with me to Shanghai as his family came from Shanghai -- HE "REFUSED" he told me all kinds of stories of how people from H.K. went back and never returned , he would kid me that the same thing happens to Americans just that the buried them deeper in the woods ---P.S. LATER he made many many trips and investments and now loves China
     
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    Efficiency -or- That's 1.5 BILLION people lol!
     
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    Just came back from Hong Kong, Macau and China....I brought my iPad, laptop, blackberry, ipod touch, external usb drive and wife had her iPhone. Didn't have a problem with any.

    Although I will say while we were on our iPad killing time in Kunming airport there were a lot of curious onlookers.
     
  13. Good HK urban legend.
    I was in China the first time in 1985 and my company sent Hong Kong reps in all the time. They all came back safe and sound ... at least as far as I know. :)

    For those of you who traveled to China in the early days, remember:
    • When you had to reconfirm your air tickets at least 72 hours in advance or your reservation went poof.
    • You received a cheap little trinket of some sort as a welcome gift for flying on CAAC
    • CAAC stood for cancel at all costs
    • At night cab drivers in Beijing would only turn the headlights on when driving through an intersection
     
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    Or in the Really Old Days, my first trip was in 1979. No hotels, had to stay in sponsors guest house. No taxi, had to be escorted by car, driver, interpreter and escort at all times. Could only get in with official government invitation. Zero traffic, zero tourists. Not a bit like the PVG I am leaving now ( I am in the FC lounge) nor was the travel much like the maglev I just took to the airport. Wildly different, but still China. Nobody has ever hassled me about anything, much less an iPad, unless you forget to remove it from your carryon for security. Now FC domestic any carrier is quite nice, and the bags arrive vey, very quickly. Cannot say that about anywhere else.
     
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    The only problem you will have with your iPad is finding an appropriate China Unicom simcard---unless you somehow prefer to roam.
     
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    Zero problems, echoing others. I carry mine everywhere including Russia, China and everywhere else I go. My only issues: Saudi and Iranian Customs both have some technologically savvy officers who quickly search the photos for, it seems, prohibited imagery. Luckily I carry nothing prohibited. Despite many trips to China and Russia nobody has ever looked at my bags, not even my computer bag.
     
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    My dad lives in China, I bought him iPad to use there. No problemo. He loves that toy. He's got the 3G version and cut a SIM card from 3G dongle to use in iPad.
     
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    Shouldn't the title be, "Bring an iPad back to China?" ;)
     
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    Good point
     

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