The Chinese currency is called Renminbi (RMB) or the ‘People’s Money’. The basic unit is the Yuan, which comprises 10 Jiao or 100 Fen. Colloquially, also referred to as Kuai and Mao.
Major foreign banks should be able to exchange foreign currency with a passport, include the
Hong Kong and Shang Hai Bank, Citibank and ANZ Bank.
Bank of China, CITIC Bank, Commercial & Industrial Bank and the Construction Bank are the major Chinese Banks providing foreign currency banking services. You can open domestic bank account at any one of them with a passport and a deposit. You may deposit and withdraw Chinese or foreign currency. You also can apply for an ATM cards for a small fee. ATMs can be found throughout the city to access both foreign and local accounts. However, Renminbi is issued by the ATMs.

Some Locations

CITIC Industrial Bank
Lobby, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuannan Road, Chaoyang District
朝阳区新源里南路 6 号京城大厦
Phone: 8486-5387

Bank of China
China World Trade Center, Tower B, 1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Chaoyang District
朝阳区建国门外大街 1 号,国贸大厦 B
Phone: 6505-2291
Customer Service Hot-line:95566

ANZ Bank
Bright China Chang'an Building, 7 Jianguomennei Avenue, Building 2, Floor 17, Dongcheng District
东城区建国门内大街 7 号,光华长安大厦 2 17
Phone: 6510-2929

Bright China Chang'an Building, 7 Jianguomennei Avenue, Building 1, Floor 16, Dongcheng District
东城区建国门内大街 7 号,光华长安大厦 1 16
Phone: 6510-2933

8 Jianguomennei Avenue, COFCO Building A, Floor 1, Dongcheng District
东城区建国门内大街 8 号,中粮广场 A
Phone: 6526-0668


Numerous ATMs can found throughout the city to access both foreign and local accounts. Renminbi cash is issued by the ATMS.

ATMs with CIRRUS, Most, Plus, Diners Club, Carte Blanc, JCB, Visa and Mastercard links are located throughout the city. However, ATMs at smaller branches of the Bank of China can not always be relied upon to be operating.

The majority of five star hotels around the city also have ATMs.

American Express Emergency Cashing Facility
Home country foreign currency personal checks can be cashed in foreign currency at each of these facilities if accompanied by an American Express Card. Services available at the Bank of China and CITIC Bank.

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