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The official currency in China is the Renminbi (RMB or CNY)or in Chinese "Ren-min-bi". The basic unit is the yuan (also known as "kuai"),which equals 10 jiao (or "mao"), which is then divided into 10 fen. Paper currency comes in 1.2,5,10,50 and 100 yuan notes. Paper jiao come in denominations of 1,2, and 5. There are also 1 and 2 fen notes, but these are rarely used as they have no purchasing power. 1 yuan ,1 and 5 jiao,and 1,2, and 5 fen coins are also used but are more common in larger cities.
You can exchange traveler's checks or cash at most banks, and hotels always have a money exchange counter. You can also get a cash advance on most commom credit/debit cards e.g. American Express/Visa/Mastercard, but this facility is available only from the main branch of the Bank of China in most Chinese cities. The Bank of China has an ATM network that will allow cash advances from major credit / debitcards cards. Check you credit card provider for this information before leaving your home country. You are required to present your passport to change money/travelers checks etc. HotelS will usually allow you to change money if you are guest at the hotel.
The RMB is not easily convertible on the international market so it is only usable in China. It is advisable to change only the money that you need for you trip as it may be difficult to change back to you preferred currency. RMB is now readily convertible in Hong Kong.
You can convert unused RMB to another currency in China by producing the receipts issued at the time that you originally bought your RMB in China. There is a foreign exchange black market but rates will be unfavorable and it is illegal.
Major credit cards such as Master Card , Visa, JCB and American Express cannot be used widely in China. It is possible that credit cards may be used to purchase goods in large department stores but always check. Credit cards cannot be used in most restaurants or small convenience stores. They can be used to pay for hotel accommodation. Air Travel could be purchased with credit cards.Credit cards can be used to get a cash advance in the main offices of the Bank of China.
Money Wire Transferp
Wire Tranfer using a service called Money Transfer is available and is a joint venture between the China Courier Service Corporation and Western Union. This service allows instant money wiring to and from 100 countries.Ckeck the Western Union website for further information.
Although the Governmnet is trying to eradicate this practice there are still some problems with the use of counterfeit money although the problem is decreasing. It is very common practice for all those who are recieving money to check its authenticity. Do not be offended by this practice. It is not a reflection on your character.