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Patience, Wechat and a good online dictionary. - Oct 24, 2017
Cheese. Good quality mask (I use Respro). And chopsticks. - Dec 3, 2015
Power plug adapters for 220V and universal plugs. The plugs here are different. - Aug 17, 2014
Bike and sturdy shoes:) - Jul 18, 2014
own high powered air purifiers, like IQ Air, and masks. Also stock up on cold medicine. - Jun 19, 2013
Patience. - Aug 27, 2011
Makeup, deoderant, and tampons - Apr 7, 2011
Everyone says patience and sense of humor. You will need both of those, but also don't forget the most important thing: your reason for coming here. This place will test your patience to the limit and then some, so have a really solid reason why you want to be here. Otherwise, after a Bad China Day, you'll be on the next plane home wondering how to put your life back together. - Jan 18, 2011
hand sanitizer, bike helmet and sense of humor. Truly, don't come here if you aren't prepared to laugh at yourself -- and everyone else -- on a daily basis. - Apr 29, 2010
Moisturizer and medicines. - Jan 26, 2010