The luggage allowance is 20 kilos per person and we recommend you use soft holdalls, or those wheeled suitcases (but nothing too expensive), which are such a boon for modern travellers.
Porterage will be provided in most hotels, but you may be required to handle your luggage getting on and off trains. During train journeys, we suggest you keep all the items you need in a small overnight bag (reading material, wash bag, medicines, change of underwear, sweatshirt) so that once your luggage is stowed, you do not need to disturb it.
The key during your journey in China is to be comfortable. Comfortable shoes are a must – many historical sites are spread out and there is quite a lot of walking. A loose tracksuit will be useful on the overnight train journeys, as changing into pyjamas is not really practical.
At certain times of year a light rainproof and windproof garment will suffice. In winter warm gloves, hat, shoes and coat or jacket will be essential.
The Chinese people of all ages are certainly becoming more fashionable and label conscious as time goes on, (the days of uniform green and grey Mao jackets and baggy trousers are a thing of the past) but we are confident that you will not be required to be more than ‘smart casual’.