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Money & costs


Bank of China (Zhōngguó Yínháng; Minzhu Lu) This friendly and good-humoured branch gives credit-card advances and changes travellers cheques and cash. If asked to write down ‘reasons for cashing cheques/exchanging money’ resist the impulse to write ‘sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll’ or similar. Staff speak very good English here. An answer like ‘shopping’ or ‘buying bus tickets’ will suffice.