Mainland China makes few provisions for disabled people. With the country undergoing an economic boom, many cities resemble building sites at present whit uneven, obstacle-strewn paving, intense crowds and vehicle traffic, and few access ramps. Public transport is also generally inaccessible to wheelchair users, though some airlines, as well as a few of the upmarket hotels in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and even Urumqi, have experience in assisting disabled in particular, the Holiday Inn and Hilton chains often have rooms designed for wheelchair users.
Hong Kong is about the only place in China re widespread provision is made for disabled travelers, as detailed in the Hong Kong Tourist Association’s excellent free booklet. Hong Kong Access Guide for Disabled Visitors . Macau, too, has some facilities, though they’re more limited.
Given the situation in most of China, it may be worth considering an organized tour – the contacts giver below will be able to help you arrange this or assist you in researching your own trip. If you want to be more impendent, it’s important to become an authority on where you must be self-reliant and where you may expect help, especially regarding transport and accommodation in China. Make sure you take spares of any specialist clothing or equipment, extra supplies of drugs (carried with you if you fly), and a prescription including the generic name – in English and Chinese characters – in case of emergency. If there’s an association representing people with your disability, contact them early on in the planning process.
Contacts for travelers with disabilities: