TRAVELERS WITH DISABILITIES
In recent years China has made an effort to better accommodate for travelers with disabilities. Public areas of transportation including airports, bus stations, train stations, and some subway stations are now designed with handicapped accessible facilities to ease difficulty for disabled travelers. The following tips are helpful to guarantee that your travel will be a comfortable, memorable experience.
1. Be aware of your own abilities while traveling. Traveling usually tends to be more exhausting than expected, so in order to ensure your comfort, don't push yourself beyond your abilities. If you are uncertain about your ability to participate in an activity, just inform your guide of your concern and he/she will accommodate for your needs accordingly.
2. Visit your doctor before leaving for your trip. It is always helpful to speak with your doctor before embarking on a trip that could potentially be strenuous to your health. Ask your doctor for any advice or suggestions he/she may be able to provide to make your travel easier.
3. Keep your doctor's contact information with you at all times so he/she can be contacted in case of an emergency. Inform those traveling with you, including your guide, if you have particular medical conditions that may need attention at any point during your travel.
4. Know beforehand where you are traveling. Cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou are easily maneuverable for travelers with disabilities, but some of China’s smaller cities are still developing accessible facilities. It is wise to do a bit of research before your departure regarding this issue. You can direct any questions you may have to your guide before you arrive.
5. Bring with you any special equipment you may need to ensure your ease and comfort while traveling, including canes, walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters. If you prefer to not travel with these items, inform your guide before you arrive that you are in need of special assistance so they can arrange to provide equipment for you during your travel.
6. If possible, try to book direct flights, as changing planes tends to be strenuous.
7. Contact your airline and hotels you will be staying at to make sure they can easily accommodate for your needs and make any necessary arrangements prior to your arrival.
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