YOU ASK:

What insurance should I buy to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel to China?

WE ANSWER:

China is a fascinating place. It is bustling with the music, sights and colors that make it a highly attractive tourist destination for travelers from around the world.

However, for the uninitiated, it can also be strange country to visit. There are a lot of unexpected (and sometimes unpleasant) things that can happen to you even if you take the utmost care. For one, you can get involved in a traffic accident while riding a rickshaw, or you can have a stomach upset as you try some of the more adventurous dishes from the food stalls in the streets!

What can you do to ensure an enjoyable trip to China? For one, get travel insurance for your trip!

There are also various kinds of coverages that you should get for your journey.

First, there is traffic accident insurance. This is for those who use China's transport system a lot. This can usually be bought on a one-year basis or a short-term basis (for the duration of your trip). You can protect you against any expenses you may incur due to a traffic accident.

You can also look into travel accident insurance, which will pay you for expenses resulting from accidents while in China. There are also similar policies that extend cover for illnesses, in addition to accidents. And of course, if you can afford to pay more premium, you should also have accident insurance instead of just traffic accident insurance. Personal accident insurance is more comprehensive than traffic accident insurance.

Having travel insurance while you are on a trip to China will come in handy during emergencies. Most of the good travel insurance providers can offer your 24/7 helpline to assist you during emergencies, and to also provide consultation as to what to do when you change your travel plans while you are in China. Travel insurance can also give you protection against canceled or interrupted trips, medical treatments and against stolen baggage.

We should also admit that when getting medical treatment, the best place for you to go would be to a private hospital or medical clinic. That way, you get the kind of care you need and want. But of course, getting treatment from a private clinic or hospital would cost more, and this is where travel insurance can help.

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