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Money & costs


The Bank of China (Zhōngguó Yínháng; main square; 9.30am-1.30pm & 4-7.30pm) can change travellers cheques and cash; ditto with the branch west at 239 Renmin Xilu. You can also sell yuán back into US dollars at the bank’s foreign exchange desk if you have exchange receipts; this is a good idea if you are headed to Tashkurgan, where the bank hours are erratic. Staff also swear they’re putting in a working ATM, but they’ve said this before. Some travellers have gotten money from a China Construction Bank ATM at the northwest corner of Jiefang Beilu and Renmin Xilu; we didn’t.