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Travel Tips: Money Matters When Traveling in China

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  Currency

 

  The currency in China is called Renminbi, and is issued by the national bank — the People's Bank of China. The units of Renminbi are Yuan, Jiao and Fen. Jiao and Fen is the fractional currency. The paper money comes in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 50 and 100 Yuan. The Jiao's denomination can be 1, 2, 5; similarly with the Fen. Ten Fen is one Jiao and Ten Jiao is one Yuan. There is also coinage for One Yuan, Five Jiao as well as One, Two and Five Fen. But Fen is not commonly used in the coin form in daily life. The abbreviation of Renminbi is RMB or CNY with its symbol of ¥. Colloquially, Chinese, people often say Kuai and Mao instead of Yuan and Jiao.

 

  Foreign Currency Exchange

 

  Foreign currency and traveler's cheques are not to circulate in China, so you have to exchange them for Chinese Yuan only at Bank of China or the banks' cash centers at major airports and hotels.

 

  Foreign credit cards available in China

 

  Master Card

 

  Visa Card

 

  American Express Card

 

  JCB Card

 

  Diners Card

 

  Actually China is still a cash-dominated country. But there are places like star-rated hotels, chain international shopping malls, etc, which do accept credit cards/ traveler's cheques. But most other places might have difficulty handling credit card/TC payment. ATM of Bank of China is so extensive that you can easily go and draw RMB with your credit cards whenever you need.

 

  Banks

 

  All Chinese Banks including BC (Bank of China), CCB (China Construction Bank), ICBC (Industrial and Commercial Bank of China) and ABC (Agricultural Bank of China) and their branches, plus some other banks will transact financial affairs for foreigners.

 

  It is quite easy to open a Chinese RMB account with Bank of China that opens 7 days per week. You only need to show your passport (ID attached) with valid visa. You will get issued with a passbook and card on the spot for a small fee of about CNY10 then you can use any of the ATM to withdraw cash.

 

  When you withdraw your $US currency over the counter, you can then easily exchange it into Chinese RMB before you leave the bank. It is safe to carry cash but of course you need to be discreet about it.

bank of china

 

  The following are some of the banks in Beijing

 

  Name, Address, Tel.

 

  Beijing Branch of BC, No.8, Yabao Lu, Chaoyang District, 010-65199988

 

  Beijing Branch of CCB, No.28 Building, Xuanwumen Xijie, Xuanwu District, 010-63603634

 

  Beijing Xidan Branch of ICBC, No.176 Xidan Beidajie, 010-66054180

 

  Beijing Dongcheng Branch of ABC, Hua Li Mansion, No.58, Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District, 010-65286170

 

  Bank of Beijing, No.156, Fuxingmennei Dajie, Xicheng District, 96169

 

  Beijing Branch of CITIC Industrial Bank, Investing Square, No. Jia 27, Jinrong Jie Jia, Xicheng District, 010-66219988

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