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Trip to China - Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Donbiedron, Nov 6, 2015.

  1. Donbiedron

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    Hello. Wanted to share my experience from my vacation in China. Flying from Chicago O'Hare airport to Beijing China and than Shanghai.
    No problem at O'Hare, went thru the security with the discharged battery in my carry-on/hand luggage.
    I tried calling and emailing Chinese Customs in Beijing numerous times without any luck except an email saying that said that I should declare it at customs.

    I did not... Got off the plane and went thru the green gate at the customs no questions asked.
    Turned on the drone once we got to the hotel close to downtown Beijing only to find out that there is a HUGE No-Fly Zone on the DJI GO app. BTW Google and google maps are banned in China so I only saw a big red circle above me.

    Summer Palace, Forbidden City and Tia'anmen Square are all a No-Fly Zone.

    Fortunately when we went to the China Wall I was able to take off✌.
    Beautiful pics and vids. Got a lot of attention from the locals (I have no idea what they said) and UNIFORMED officers (police?) which were actually only pointing and smiling.

    Flight from Beijing to Shanghai went smooth too, security only wanted me to take the battery out of the backpack and put it in a tray.

    Suzhou did not show any No-Fly Zones except for a hospital near my hotel.

    Hangzhou also went smooth with only some attention from locals.

    The only place where my guide actually said to leave the drone in the backpack was the Financial District in East Shanghai, she said that she heard about someone getting arrested for "spying" with a remote controlled toy...

    Going back to US tomorrow (saturday) and will post a couple of pics as soon as I have some time.

    Hope someone can benefit from my travel experience.
     
  2. bharris215

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    Thanks for the post and great info. No maps - for future destination adventures, pre cache your imagery!
     
  3. Albert D

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    Looking forward to hearing how it was coming back through customs.
     
  4. Donbiedron

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    ✌ On the way back we had a 2h delay... Of course Back in China, Beijing departure I went thru 5!! Security checks and at 2 of them actually had to take the drone out of the backpack and show it to the secutiry officers. They did not even say a word (they do not even know english). Back in the US there was no problem at all, just went thru the green customs gate and out the airport, no questions asked anywhere.