Staying healthy while in China is not only important to guarantee you are able to see and experience all that the country offers, but also due to the differences of medical standards between the U.S. and China. This is especially true within the rural areas, which tend to have only rudimentary medical facilities.
Should your travel plans include visits to areas with altitudes of 6,000 feet or more, particularly within the Tibetan region, you will want to prepare for altitude sickness which can leave individuals with headaches, feeling nauseous, weak. It is important to prepare for this situation by packing altitude medication as advised by your travel health professional.
A trip around the world to China can take a toll on your body. Ensuring you take steps on the flight to ease the symptoms of jet lag can help you recover quickly. Staying hydrated prior to your trip and while on the plane is one of the best ways to help your body. Realize that your body will need time to adjust to the new time-zone and ease into your trip.
Experiencing the flavors and tastes of China is a great way to experience the culture and the differences in regions. And while you may want to eat the first Peking duck or Lánzhōu noodles you come across, it is important to be cautious of where you eat to avoid traveler’s diarrhea. Packing a dehydration kit and anti-diarrhea medication will help ease your pain should you experience any of the symptoms associated with traveler’s diarrhea.
Motor Vehicle Safety
Many cities throughout China have horrendous traffic and taxi drivers can drive aggressively. Applying the same common sense used in the U.S. while in China will help you. Be sure to use caution when crossing streets, always wear your seatbelt and never drink and drive.