Disabled Travelers to China

China is becoming friendlier to visitors with disabilities. Specially-designed & equipped facilities in the public areas of transport, airport and hotel are now more accessible. If you have difficulty getting around because you are disabled physically or have visual or hearing impairment at any level then, with the necessary assistant tools, proper planning, reasonable arrangements and good preparation, traveling can still be a unique and rewarding experience. Some tips to enjoy such exciting, challenging and adventurous travel follow for your reference.

Disabled traveler in Beijing Airport
Disabled visitor at Beijing Airport
Handicapped tourist in Xi'an Airport
Handicapped visitor at Xi'an Airport

1. Know your own abilities. Clearly assess your strengths and, if possible, attempt to improve your body health and mobility before your departure.

2. Make a thorough physical examination and discuss the visit with your doctor. Ask for advice and suggestions on all aspects of your visit.

3. Take your doctor's name and telephone number with you so he/her can be contacted in any emergency.
Xi'an Airport has passage for handicapped persons
Xi'an Airport has passage
for handicapped persons

4. Get plenty of information and finalize your destinations. The barrier-free environment in China is developing fast, especially in cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. Try to get more information about your destinations and their accessible facilities. Services and/or facilities may be different from your home city, so do a good research and prepare yourself for a new environment.

5. According to your disability, bring any appropriate equipment needed to enjoy & complete your visit such as canes, rolling walkers, wheelchairs, audiphones and mobility scooters. Do not forget to bring some spare parts and the toolbox to carry out emergency repairs.

6. Choose a nonstop fly as changing flight could bring a lot of hassles.

7. Recheck your health insurance policy to ensure it covers the medical expenses incurred during visits overseas. Check that it covers pre existing conditions and, if in doubt, contact your insurers.

8. Contact the airlines, cruise ship company, hotel, airport and railway station as early as possible to ensure whether and how they can offer help based on your impaired mobility. Give plenty of time for them to make the related preparations and arrangements well in advance. Remember that a higher service charge may be levied.

9. Do not put all your medicine in your checked baggage. Put some in the hand luggage you are going to take on the plane in case of lost or emergency. 

10. Go to the airport earlier to allow enough time for check in.

Lift for Handicapped Persons
Some buildings in China are equipped with
special lift for handicapped persons
11. Contact with your airport to see if you can bring your wheelchair on board. Usually a plane can only allow one wheelchair. 

12. If you book through a travel agent you must ensure you disclose the condition of your disability so that they can make the appropriate arrangements for you. If you travel with a group then notify others including your families, friends, companions and tour guides. They should be aware of the true situation so that they can look after you during your visit.

- Last modified on Dec. 03, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Disabled Travelers to China
Asked by Ruth from USA | Nov. 30, 2018 14:35Reply
Is there wheelchair assistance at Xi'an and Dunhuang airports?
Answers (1)
Answered by Amy from CANADA | Dec. 03, 2018 10:39

I know there is wheel chair assistance in Xi'an airport but not very clear about the Dunhuang Airport. In fact, you are suggested to contact you air company in advance.
Asked by Fung Mei Mei from SINGAPORE | Oct. 06, 2018 10:20Reply
wheelchair friendly wholesales centers in Guangzhou
like to know if the wholesales centres are wheelchair friendly? is the any you could recommend to buy clothings, shoes, bags, stationery and essential oil bottles?
Answers (1)
Answered by Hailie from MALAYSIA | Oct. 08, 2018 18:46

Well, it may not be so convenient to use wheelchair since it is a little crowded in most of the whole sales centers. Maybe you can have a try in some large shopping malls or choose to shopping on T-mall or Amazon. The Tianhe City is a large mall I know which is located in the No. 208 Tianhe Road, Tianhe district.
Asked by Matthew from ENGLAND | Sep. 26, 2017 07:13Reply
Wheelchair use around Shenzhen
My girlfriend and i are planning a move to Shenzhen. She's in a manual wheelchair and has no use of her legs. How easy will it be for her to get around Shenzhen?
Answers (1)
Answered by Grace from USA | Sep. 26, 2017 21:08

Generally speaking, it won't be difficult for her to tour around Shenzhen. In this city, there are many facilities for disabled people in metro stations, airport, railway stations and popular scenic spots. Don't worry. And just enjoy your trip!
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