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Currency

The Chinese Yuan - CNY (ISO4217 currency code); Renminbi - RMB (commonly used in China) is the basic unit of currency issued by the People's Bank of China. One yuan can be divided into 10 jiao and 100 fen.
No foreign currency is allowed to circulate in China. Illegal selling of foreign exchange is not allowed. Travellers may exchange foreign currency cash or checks at Bank of China offices or exchange counters at the published exchange rates. These bureaus would issue a foreign exchange statement which shall be valid for 6 months. Avoid unofficial transactions, no matter how favourable the rate of exchange.

Currencies that can be converted into Renminbi:


  • Australian Dollar
  • Austraian Schilling
  • Belgian Franc
  • Canadian Dollar
  • Danish Krone
  • Deutsch Mark
  • French Franc
  • Finnish Markka
  • Italian Lira
  • Japanese Yen
  • Netherlands Guilder
  • Norwegian Krone
  • Swiss Franc
  • Pound Sterling
  • US Dollar
  • Hong Kong Dollar
  • Macau Dollar
Local currency/USD Local currency
Import Restrictions Export Restrictions
Residents Non-residents Residents Non-residents
CNY1/ USD0.12
USD1/CNY8.20
(as on 25 Oct 97)
Up to Max CNY 6000 in cash Up to Max CNY 6000 in cash Up to Max CNY 6000 in cash Up to Max CNY 6000 in cash

For check current exchange rates with The Universal Currency Converter

Foreign Currency
Import Restrictions Export Restrictions
Residents Non-residents Residents Non-residents
Up to Max. USD 1000 or equivalent in freely convertible currency in cash. Any higher amount should be declared upon arrival. Up to Max. USD 5000 or equivalent in freely convertible currency in cash. Any higher amount should be declared upon arrival. Up to the amounts declared upon arrival. Any higher amount should be declared at departure. Up to the amounts declared upon arrival. Any higher amount should be declared at departure.


* RMB Notes contains: 1, 2, 5, 10, 50, 100 (yuan); 1, 2, 5 (jiao)
* RMB Coins contains: 1, 2, 5 (jiao); 1, 5 (fen); 1 (yuan)


Credit Cards

At present the Bank of China accepts American Express, Dynasty, JCB, Visa, Master, and Diners Club cards. Bearers may use these cards to draw cash at the Bank of China offices or exchange counters, make purchases or pay bills at about 2000 department stores, restaurants and hotels in more than 100 major cities in China.
Although the acceptance of major credit card is now more widespread in large hotels, restaurants and stores, it is unwise to rely on credit cards. A surcharge of 2% is always charged for card transactions.


Traveller's Cheques

The Bank of China offices or exchange counters accept traveller's cheques issued by international commercial banks or traveller's cheque companies in more than 100 countries and regions, including USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, UK, France, Switzerland and Germany


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