I am heading to Beijing in December. Recently I've heard in the news that some guy was forced to pay import duties on his personal iPad even though he showed the customs officer that it was for his personal use, and that it was opened (i.e. not brand new in box), already contains personal files and data, but was still charged 1000RMB (almost US$200) in duties. We understand that China is trying very hard to clamp down smuggling, but this is way beyond reasonable as the guy wasn't carrying tons of them unopened in box across the border for obvious for profit resell. The restrictions of course not just apply to iPad's, as we know supply is strained, but to other electronic "goods" as well. Now does anyone who has recently been to mainland China experienced difficulty in bring camera equipment into the country? I am afraid this sort of unreasonable policy might just open a huge can of worms for every tourist who might bring a camera (and maybe a few lenses) who could conceivably be charged several thousand RMB in duties just to shoot some vacation photos. P.S. He was passing through the Hong Kong SAR land border from trains. Not sure if the policy is any different if you fly in and land at airports though.