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Money & costs


Bank of China (Zhōngguó Yínháng; 104 Minzu Lu; 9am-noon & 1.30-5pm Mon-Fri) Changes money and gives advances on credit cards. You’ll need a good book and stiff whiskey if you want to change travellers cheques. Highlights may include, but are by no means limited to: a scolding for trying to cash more than US$100 at a time and being told your cheque is rejected because your signature is ‘obviously not real English’. Thank goodness for their ATM.