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Q: can I bring cheese, tim horton's donuts, hamburger patties, ginseng and good sausage into china?

9 years 49 weeks ago in  Transport & Travel - Guangzhou

 
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I brought cheese and canned meat in from Hong Kong, and I had no problems. I have done this a few times, never paid anything. I don't know the actual law though.

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It depends on the quantity.  For example, American beef is not allowed to be imported into China.  And it is also not allowed to bring in dairy products, fruits or vegetables.  However, I see people get away with small quantaties every now and then.

Mr_spoon:

Is the American beef forbidden for health reasons?

Also, I was going to ask something similar:

I introduced my girlfriend to the wonders of cheese, and now she keeps reminding me every day to bring her a "buttload" of cheese when I come back for Christmas. So my question is: How much cheese can I get away with?

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American beef has always has been banned for a long time.  The official reason is fear over Mad Cow disease, but the underlying reason is that China doesn't want competing foreign foodstuffs.  

 

Cheese, as far as I know comes under the dairy product rules.  But I am not sure how much you can get away with.  If you are in Guangzhou, there is a wonderful cheese/deli store under the Citic Tower.  But you may want to call your airline to see how much, if any, cheese you can bring to China.

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Mr_spoon:

I'll do that.

Because good farm cheese like the ones I'm planning to bring can't be found in China, or are so overpriced it makes France look like a cheap baozi stand.

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Soldier, You can bring ANYTHING into the country that can be eaten or drunk.  Customs NEVER check.

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If you do, give me a call. It's as if you made a shopping list just for me!

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mmmmmm......donuts.

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I was never sure about entering China, I think they are more interested in security, so once I'm there I'm not much of a security risk. The last time I left China they immediately sent me to a security station to check for beer in my luggage. I had an empty Coke bottle. How they knew it was there as soon as I checked in I don't know.

But entering China at your final stop is easy, at a transit stop you can get checked pretty thoroughly. I think the Chinese check luggage more closely than they do at home for security.

TedDBayer:

Tim Hornons donuts suck, can't you find better, they got so small and expensive, limited choices. I don't like Tims coffee either, it tastes like an ashtray got dumped in the pot. try fresh ground , fresh perked, not dripped. I go out of my way to get good donuts. One coffee shop is a 45 minute drive, but they have great donuts and things like cheese strudel to die for. I would bring spices, cinnamon, vanilla, anything you might need, cheese. they do have donut like things in China that aren't bad. China coffee sucks, I don't know what the instant coffee is like tho.

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I think the coffee is great in China. Freshly made at the places like C.Strait Cafe, etc. These type of cafes/restaurants are easy to find and the coffee is as good as any in my opinion.

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I think coffee in China sucks

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Timmy's is OK. Beef and sausage, not so much...... cant bring meat but mostly aint checking anyways.. Cheese shouldnt be a problem if packaged properly.. Ginseng?? why would you bring that?? its EVERYWHERE here. In fact, the stuff you buy back home, probably comes from here anyways.  As far as how much??? it always a risk but Everytime I go back. I bring one suitcase for clothes and stuff and another huge one just for food. Hit up the supermarket , and fill the bag to the brim.. maybe 20-30 KG of stuff and I have never had a problem.  

Id pass on the cheese and meat, chances are if your flying home, your passing by a major city where you can get all of those in a western standard.. pricy! but no risk

bring me back some mint chocolate and 'roni sticks!

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thanks  ....  I will have 12-24 day old donuts at Baiyun airport sept 19th ...some cheese and  (thanks Mike) some pepperoni sticks and maybe sausage ....  and we grow the best ginseng back home and it has been requested by a Chinaman that I bring some. 

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