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We are due to fly to China in early April for 2 weeks staying in Hong Kong, Shanghai,Beijing and surrounding districts. We have not seen any travel warnings about possible radiation and intend to carry on with our plans providing the NZ Government advises us not to travel there

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    No problem. I haven't heard anything about radiation contamination and my extended family is in Hong Kong. I planned to go to China for 2 weeks via Hong Kong in May. almost 7 years ago

    Answered by Clara Koo via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Pat, there's been a rumour going around about high levels of radiation reaching China - it's a furphy.
    Two things to note. Firstly, because of the earth's spin, wind and weather at the macro level travels eastwards. The jet stream from Japan would take any possible radiation across the Pacific towards the US and Canada.
    Secondly - and I'm relying on the word of scientists here (Australian ones, not Japanese) any radiation that reaches further than 80km from the nuclear power plant is so small it is of no significant effect to humans (There's some suggestion the radiation exposure on an evacuation flight out of Tokyo is greater than the exposure level IN Tokyo - but I can't verify that as absolutely true).
    Very sensible to keep an eye on your government's travel advice. And assuming the reactors are brought under control and there's no leak of significant amounts of radiation.
    Can I also suggest you have a look at this facebook page:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tokyo-Radiation-Levels/196845207013685
    A Tokyo resident is taking daily radiation readings with his own geiger counter.... nothing too far out of the ordinary so far.
    have a good trip and stay safe. Phil almost 7 years ago

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