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Mainland China prohibited items

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by Tower01, Jul 25, 2019.

  1. Tower01

    Tower01 New commenter

    Is it possible to take kitchen knives into mainland china when crossing from Hong Kong when NOT using public transport?
     
  2. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    I see no reason why you should not bring our own household items into mainland China, when crossing over the HK border. No one warned us against this when we were in Shenzhen for five years.
     
  3. blueskydreaming

    blueskydreaming Lead commenter

    If you're white and in a private car you can take whatever you want. You have to open the windows and boot for them to glance at, but they won't look in your bags. They care about people bringing in baby milk and tech, not knives. It's not like security at the airport - you can take whatever you like.
     
  4. makhnovite

    makhnovite Established commenter

    Not sure why you would want to, every kind of kitchen knife you could wish for is available on taobao or baopals at half the price and next day free delivery!
     
  5. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    I have travelled the world with my very expensive set of chef's knives and never had a problem. Not been to China though.

    The carp you can buy on taobao etc do not ever compare to a decent set of kitchen knives.
     
  6. Tower01

    Tower01 New commenter

    Exactly! Which is why I would want to take mine Makhnovite.
     
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  7. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    Using kitchen knives (or anything else) in most Chinese kitchens can be a bit of a challenge. Words like "small", "cramped" and "no space" come to mind, although there always seemed to be enough room for more (and more) cockroaches. Ovens are almost unheard of, although some expats have them on their balconies.
     
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  8. makhnovite

    makhnovite Established commenter

    Well my old dumbell and Tower01 you can buy decent knives on Taobao, I did just recently. Taobao and its English counterpart Baopals do NOT just sell cheap carp (sic) they sell the whole range of goods from counterfeit, to cheap, to middle of the road, to the very best, all you have to do is search and pay.

    Why post about something you don't know. 'Not been to China though.' Is Taobao available in Angola dumbells??

    And of course just as an aside, the increasingly discerning and wealthy Chinese consumer shops at some of the most exclusive shops and buys the top brands of most goods. Its not the boonies anymore!
     
  9. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    Because i have travelled the world with my kitchen knives and had no issue whatsoever.

    I too have bought knives on taobao and bang- so thing or other, and even though they were advertised as premium knives, they are nothing, completely carp in fact in comparison to my japonese and swiss knives.
     
  10. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    Knives are not much use without a refrigerator. We had to keep our modestly-sized fridge in the dining area of our apartment because there was no room in the kitchen. In HK, fridges and apartments are about the same size.

    kitchen door small.jpg
     
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  11. makhnovite

    makhnovite Established commenter

  12. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    but i bet i can get it higher than you ;)
     
  13. makhnovite

    makhnovite Established commenter

  14. TeacherMan19

    TeacherMan19 New commenter

    From my experience you can buy almost anything on Taobao. Think of some of the most random things and I reckon you can find them.
     
  15. amysdad

    amysdad Established commenter

    Travelling between HK and Shenzhen airport, I had to ditch a kitchen knife I'd bought in HK before they'd let me on the metro...
     
  16. Ms_Love_

    Ms_Love_ Occasional commenter

    You can get good quality items on Taobao for sure - there's a button at the top called TMall which is where you can get quality brands and Western imported things. They even have a picture search where you can screenshot something and paste the picture to get the exact item you need without having to know the Chinese characters for it.
     
  17. february31st

    february31st Established commenter

    Or just go to IKEA.
     
  18. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    Yes, there is a big IKEA in SZ.
     
  19. makhnovite

    makhnovite Established commenter

    and GZ, but go early as it gets really busy, very quickly, and look out for the old ladies sleeping on the beds and sofas!
     
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  20. february31st

    february31st Established commenter

    Here in Shanghai, IKEA has put a stop to the long term testing of beds and sofas as it was becoming a standing joke in the city.
     

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