< Back What is the local currency? What denominations does it come in? What is the best way to exchange currency? What are commonly-used forms of payment for everyday purchases (such as groceries)? Will I be able to use my credit card around town? If not, list when I’ll need cash. By what method are bills (such as rent and utilities) paid? What are the requirements for opening a bank account? At what stage of the settling-in process should I open it? Will foreign residents be able to find banking services in their native languages? Are there any restrictions on services for those who are new to your country? What are typical banking hours? Are automatic teller machines (ATMs) available around the clock? Is there any other money information that might help me? What is the local currency? China's currency is the renminbi (RMB) or the yuan, which means "people's currency." In spoken Chinese, the yuan is referred to as kuai. ↑ Top What denominations does it come in? The currency has three units: yuan, jiao and fen. One yuan equals ten jiao, and one jiao equals ten fen. The following denominations are available: Notes: 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2, 1 yuan; 5, 2 and 1 jiao; and 1 fen Coins: 1 yuan; 5 and 1 jiao; 5, 2 and 1 fen Do note: due to the very low value, fen notes and coins are almost useless. ↑ Top What is the best way to exchange currency? The Bank of China is the only domestic bank that exchanges money. In comparison with international banks such as Citibank, HSBC and Standard Chartered, the rates are competitive but the bank fees are higher. Currency is only exchanged freely from foreign currencies to RMB. However, freelance moneychangers outside banks are usually more economical and commonly used. Bank of China ATM machines will accept foreign ATM cards. ↑ Top What are commonly-used forms of payment for everyday purchases (such as groceries)? Cash is the most commonly used although larger supermarket chains and upscale stores will accept local bank cards. Hotels catering to foreigners will accept international credit cards. ↑ Top Will I be able to use my credit card around town? If not, list when I’ll need cash. Hotels, restaurants and major shopping chains accept credit cards. It is still advisable to keep cash on you at all times. ↑ Top By what method are bills (such as rent and utilities) paid? You can pay bills either through local inter-bank transfer or cash. Wiring of money can also be arranged from overseas for certain landlords. ↑ Top What are the requirements for opening a bank account? At what stage of the settling-in process should I open it? You can open a bank account with your passport and a nominal deposit. It is recommended that you open it as soon as possible after arrival. ↑ Top Will foreign residents be able to find banking services in their native languages? English and bank tellers are generally more friendly. However, the luxury comes with hefty fees when compared to local banks. All banks vary, but you can expect to pay around US$20 for wire transfers. There are also hefty surcharges for deposits, withdrawals and buying/cashing traveller's checks. ↑ Top Are there any restrictions on services for those who are new to your country? The yuan is not a freely converted currency. While it is easy to change foreign currency into yuan, it is often more difficult to exchange yuan into a foreign currency without additional paperwork required, such as proof of income tax payment. Additionally, transferring RMB out of China is not permitted nor is transferring foreign currency that has originated in mainland China. Changing RMB to a foreign currency is not permitted unless it is changing money back that was cashed using traveller's checks. ↑ Top What are typical banking hours? Most banks are open from 9 AM to 5 PM. ↑ Top Are automatic teller machines (ATMs) available around the clock? Yes, ATMs are available around the clock. ↑ Top Is there any other money information that might help me? Do not bring large sums of foreign currency into Dalian, as it is difficult to transfer foreign currency out of Dalian due to currency controls. ↑ Top IMPORTANT NOTE: Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.