To follow up with my last post on Eating from the Street Vendors, I want to talk about two problems that should be mentioned. Constipation and Diarrhea. Constipation can come from anxiety while travelling; but most common because of MSG in the food. MSG is used in many foods especially sauces. Avoid eating too many foods with sauces in them and you will avoid that problem. Packing a medication for it will be helpful or your guide can suggest a Chinese medication that is natural. For Diarrhea, it can come from many sources. Avoid eating from the street vendors if possible as some meats and fish sit out in the open and sometimes do not get cooked enough. Only drink bottled water no matter what the signs say in the hotels, even the 5 star hotels. Most hotels furnish some bottled water in the room but it is available everywhere. In an emergency boil the water in the room with the electric tea pots and put it in glasses and put them in the small refrigerator in the room. Change in diet when you first arrive in China also can cause some diarrhea. Allergic reactions can also happen such as mine to ice cream. My lips swell up for about 4 hours so I know I need to avoid it. For more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org Tours to China has been our only business for 25 years featuring Private Custom Tours for individuals or groups with specific interests. We furnish references of former clients with their permission. Click on the photos for a full screen view.