for Students



Generally speaking, even though we are going for a month, you should pack lightly! You will have the opportunity to wash clothes in Qufu and will have to wash some by hand in Hohhot. Most of our travel in China will be by air and the weight restrictions are pretty tight. There is no point in getting monster bags to bring enough clothes to last you the whole four weeks. The overweight charges in China are very, very high.

Based on my personal  experience and my experience with groups of teachers and students over the past six years (this will be my seventh or eighth trip to China) I would  recommend that you bring a decent size back-pack with pockets and light  luggage. J.C. Penny's brand of luggage is light, quite durable, wheelable (which is important!) and relatively inexpensive. As I mentioned earlier, we'll be taking many flights while in China.Your checked luggage for those flights must weigh less than 44 pounds. Please remember that if you bring something, you will need to carry or wheel it.

From our  carrier: (United Airlines)

Carry-on bags:

For travel worldwide on United Airlines, you may carry on one bag and one  personal item such as a purse, briefcase, or laptop computer. A carry-on bag must fit under your seat or in the overhead bin and cannot weigh more than 50 lbs. Its linear dimensions (length + width + height) cannot exceed 9" x 14" x 22". United Airlines may require that a carry-on item travel as checked baggage if the item cannot be  safely stowed on a particular flight.

United exempts the following personal items from the one piece limit:

  • Child safety seats for ticketed children
  • Assistive devices (e.g. canes, crutches, etc.)
  • Outer garments (e.g. coats, hats, etc.)
  • Small purses (no larger than 25 linear inches)
  • Briefcases
  • Laptop computers

Checked bags:

For travel within the U.S. and  Canada, and to many other destinations, you may travel with  two free checked bags.

Your largest checked bag must have linear dimensions that do not exceed 62 inches  and must weigh no more than 70 pounds. Each checked bag must have the name of the  person traveling on the outside of the bag.

You may substitute bowling, fishing, golfing, shooting, or skiing equipment for one piece of the two allowable  checked pieces.

Military personnel may substitute one  duffel/B-4 bag free in lieu of their largest checked  piece. Contact United or your travel agent prior to your  trip for details regarding acceptance and restrictions for  these or other checked items.

If your ticketed itinerary  includes any ground transportation, you must retrieve your  luggage and transfer it between the airline and the ground  transport.

If you are traveling outside of North  America, United's free baggage allowance may vary. Contact  United or your travel agent prior to your trip for details.

Dangerous objects not allowed in the cabin:

No  knives of any length, or made from any material, are permitted in the cabin of an aircraft. (Plastic knives are permitted for meal services.) Cutting instruments of  every kind are banned, including but not limited to, carpet knives, box cutters, knives with folding or  retractable blades (regardless of blade length), steak  knives, straight edge razors, ice picks, and metal  scissors with pointed tips. Other prohibited items include baseball bats, golf clubs, pool cues, ski poles, and hockey sticks.

Medically necessary needles and syringes are  exempt from these prohibitions if passengers have in their  possession prescription medication with a professionally  printed label that identifies the medical office, pharmacy, or manufacturer of the medication.

Hazardous materials

Articles listed in the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material  Regulations and/or the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations are restricted. These will only be accepted subject to advance arrangements and compliance with regulations.

For safety  reasons, dangerous goods may not be packed in checked or  carry-on baggage or taken on board with you. Restricted  articles include but are not limited to:˜

  • Acid
  • Lighter fluid
  • Explosives
  • Flammable solids/liquids
  • Oxidizing materials
  • Corrosive materials
  • Compressed gases
  • Poisons
  • Etiologic agents
  • Radioactive  materials
  • Irritating or incapacitating sprays
  • Mercury
  • Noxious materials
  • Briefcases and attache cases with installed  alarm devices

Call United‚ at  1-800-241-6522 in the U.S. for more information about  hazardous materials.


Federal regulations require that firearms in  checked baggage or in their own shipping case be unloaded  and declared. Firearms are not allowed in carry-on bags. Firearms in checked baggage must be packed in a hard-sided bag or gun case. A maximum of 11 lbs. of small arms ammunition is allowed in checked luggage and must be packed  separately from the firearm in the original manufacturer's  box or securely packed in a fiber, wood, or metal box to  prevent movement of cartridges.

I will send you information in the mail next week regarding things that you will need to bring with you and  four forms which you and your parents will need to fill out and return to me by March 15.

Please don't hesitate to call me at home (874-4266) or e-mail to my First Class account and I'll get right back to you.

[Journey East 2002]