I've sent overseas by this method a few times and have never lost a box, but I have had the boxes quite badly damaged in transit. Make sure that you pack the boxes with some pretty rough handling in mind.
Don't waste your time with other banks. Bank of China is the best way to get money out. You will need a bunch of documents, but they will let you transfer up to the full value of the pay that you have received in China and paid tax on.
Awesome little bakery. Lots of interesting food. For every Australian out there, the meat pies smelled great, though they weren't ready for eating when I went in. Will definitely be back for those soon.