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Photography FAQ of Chinese

Remember to bring a camera with enough film (usually more than you think) or a digital camera with sufficient memory for your China trip. China's vast territory will impress you with beautiful views.

There are no restrictions on bringing 8 mm movie or 1/2 inch video cameras into China. Kodak, Fuji, and Agfa 35mm-100 ISO color print film is available throughout China, particularly at hotels and tourist attractions,
and prices are comparable to those in the U.S. There is limited availability of fast-speed film and batteries and particularly limited availability of videotape and fuses.

You may want to take a lead-lined case to protect your film from x-ray sensors in airports if you are taking high-end
photography. Other film is unlikely to be damaged by passing through the sensors.

Here is a tip for making sense of all the photos you have taken when you finally have them developed and are ready to assemble your vacation album: Write brief notes about the pictures you take. Keep track of your film by numbering the rolls and noting dates, places, and key subjects.

Consider taking along a Polaroid camera. You can create a little excitement by handing over an instant photo to local people, especially in the smaller villages you will be visiting. Disposable cameras are also convenient and inexpensive.

You can purchase film or digital memory cards in China, but we suggest you buy them before your departure since not all films or memory cards will match your camera. Here are tips for your photography in China.

1. Do not buy roll film or memory cards in local tourist areas; bring what you need from home;

2. Bring extra batteries and adaptor units for recharging batteries.

3. Keep weather conditions in mind to gain the best photographic effects.

4. Do not take photos in politically sensitive areas such as military bases, or on airplanes.

5. For religious reasons and for relic protection, most scenic spots such as museums, grottoes, temples, monasteries, palaces and cultural relics do not allow photos. 'No Photos' signs mark restricted areas.

6. Certain places or backgrounds may assess fees. Be sure to clarify the amount before taking pictures.

7. Before taking pictures of Chinese people to show their way of life or a street scene, you should first ask permission.

8. In special areas such as Tibet, photography is strictly limited. Typical local customs and religious places such as palaces or monasteries can not be photographed. Always ask permission there.

9. Film processing is convenient and fast in China, with good print quality. Photography studios easily found in most Chinese cities.

10. Besides still photography, videography is also a good way to remember your trip.


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