China has become increasingly accessible over the past few years for disabled visitors. While for people with physical handicap who visit China for the first time, there might still be some concerns and uncertainties to be solved. So we think it is time to provide some useful tips for you to plan a safe and enjoyable trip.
Once given the permission, ask the doctor for some medicines you need and make sure that these medicines are allowed in China. Please keep a doctor’s letter and a copy of the prescription containing your name and address to prove your ownership of these medicines when you go through customs.
Our customer in front of Ming Dynasty Tombs, a wheelchair-friendly attraction with ramp above the entrance steps
Considering your limited mobility, it is better to choose a tailor-made tour instead of a group tour. In a tailor-made tour, you can have the right to choose the routes which are most suitable for your body condition, and have a private vehicle with commodious space to transfer you from one place to another. In the meantime, a travel consultant will help you to plan your trip and take care of it from start to finish.
Our customer and his cordial guide at The Palace Museum
This could be the most requested tip because most wheelchair travelers consider delivery of wheelchairs the trickiest issue in travelling. While, the air traffic regulations on wheelchairs are actually very human-oriented. To help you better understand the regulations, some tips are offered as below:
(1) The use of wheelchairs
Every international airport in China or abroad prepares wheelchairs for passengers to board and disembark. You can apply for one within 24 hours prior to the departure. As a wheelchair user, you have the priority to board in advance. When boarding, you will be transferred from your wheelchair to another one, and then some well-trained staff will help you lift to your seat. The aircraft is equipped with passenger cabin wheelchairs, aisle handrails and accessible toilet for disabled passengers.
After landing, you will be helped to disembark and then transferred to your own wheelchair. In case of loss or damage to the wheelchair, please immediately report it to “Lost or Damaged Luggage Desk” to claim for repair costs and compensation.
(2) Check-in of wheelchairs
In China, the standard voltage is 220V and the standard frequency is 50HZ. So if you take a battery-powered wheelchair to China, a voltage converter is essential, and a plug adaptor may be necessary as well.
If you need a specially assigned person to help you with the wheelchair, you may need to pay extra money for the service.
A barrier-free access designed for wheelchair users
Even though most of the major attractions in China have installed accessible facilities, it is still important for wheelchair users to have a plan for contingency. Most of Chinese ancient buildings have an elevated wooden beam on the entrance. In order not to affect the aesthetic value of these heritages, there will be no ramps and handrails, so it is necessary to bring a portable ramp. All the hotels we arrange are equipped with barrier-free restrooms, but some restaurants may not have. In this case, you can ask the driver to take you to the nearest hotel and usually, it won’t take some minutes.
A barrier-free toilet in Guilin
In fact, according to a survey conducted by Google last year, most overseas visitors thought that the condition of public toilets in China was better than their expectation. If you want more information, please go to Worrying about China’s Food and Toilets? Don’t Bother!
Tailor-made itinerary for Shanghai, Guilin, Xian, Beijing
Shanghai - Guilin - Xian - Beijing
Every year, Odyssey Tours receives inquiries from customers with physical handicap and we always make our greatest effort to help them realize the dream of exploring this beautiful world. If you want to start a journey just like them, why not let Odyssey tailor-make it for you now?