Beijing - Post Report Question and Answers

What do people who suffer from environmental or food allergies need to know?

Nuts, soy, and shellfish products are abundant, and I wouldn't count on being able to avoid them when eating out. If you don't eat dairy, there are quite a few dairy alternative products. You can get soy, oat, coconut, or almond milk easily. The local supermarket carries both coconut and almond yogurt. - Nov 2021

You never really know what you’re eating here. If you have special needs or food sensitivities, know that you can’t necessarily trust package labels in China. For all expats, it’s best to stick to the restaurants you know and trust, since sanitation standards vary widely. - Aug 2020

Air pollution is no joke. Hard to manage some allergies, but possible. - May 2020

Do not come here, sorry. - Nov 2019

There is peanut oil in most Chinese food dishes here or nuts. - Oct 2017

Food: you will never know what is in anything. If you have allergies you could have some serious issues. I haven't had seasonal allergy problems here. - Dec 2015

Those with food allergies must learn to communicate that in Chinese in order to inquire as to whats in the food. - Apr 2015

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