China was the trip of a life time. We had anticipated it for years and planned it for months. I bought new suitcases, a new camera (Panasonic GH2) and new everything else I could think of. All the hotels, trains and tours were prebooked - all we had to do was pay up and turn up.
We were moving almost every day so had to keep our luggage to a minimum. Miniature toiletries, and travel wash were essentials. We washed and wore and rewore. It was a good decision - carrying luggage through railway waiting rooms and down long flights of stairs was not for the fainthearted (or for anyone with large heavy suitcases). This was my total luggage for China - hand luggage only.