With China opening up to the world and hosting of the Olympics, visiting China these days involves going through more stringent measures. The latest being the ban on lithium batteries in check-in luggage. This came into effect last week - the copy of directive I received is dated Aug 21, 2008.
If you intend to visit China or if you are a frequent traveller to China, this information is for you.
To ensure flight security, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has released a new regulation which takes effect immediately.
1. No lithium battery products in passenger's check-in luggage.
2. Passengers allowed to carry onboard consumer electronics and appliance installed with lithium battery for personal usage, including watch, calculator, camera, video camera, laptop, mobile phone, etc. Each passenger can bring no more than two pieces backup battery with proper packing and short-cut protection.
Whatever the immigration requirements (partly for the sake of security), China is still a country to do business in and visit for leisure. At least when I am there, I know it is a place where it is safe and hopefully free of undesirable elements.