When compared with many other countries, travel for women in China throws up few more problems than it does for men. You may well be stared at, but this is not the intimidating ogle faced in some countries, and is more of a fascinated gaze. Indeed female travelers in China more often complain of being ignored than hassled. This said, in the northwest more care is advised, and as with anywhere you'd be wise to take a few basic precautions, such as avoiding unlit areas late at night. In urban China dress for women is fairly relaxed, and in the cities miniskirts and tiny tops are commonplace, but in rural areas conservative clothing is advised. Sanitary pads are widely available, although tampons are harder to come by outside of the big cities.

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