China Currency


The currency used in China is the Renminbi Yuan (CNY). The Yuan is divided into 10 jiao or 100 fen. Travellers should make sure to exchange their leftover Yuan before returning home because the currency can be exchanged only within China's borders. Travellers cheques, preferably in US Dollars, and foreign cash can be exchanged in cities at the Bank of China. Banks are closed weekends. The larger hotels and the special 'Friendship Stores' designed for foreigners will accept most Western currencies for purchases. Major credit cards are accepted in the main cities at various establishments, but outside the major cities acceptance is limited. ATMs are scarce outside the main cities.

Currency Exchange Rates

China CNY 1 CNY 5 CNY 10 CNY 100 CNY 1,000
Australia A$ 0.17 A$ 0.87 A$ 1.74 A$ 17.43 A$ 174.27
Canada C$ 0.18 C$ 0.88 C$ 1.77 C$ 17.66 C$ 176.63
Ireland € 0.12 € 0.60 € 1.21 € 12.10 € 120.96
New Zealand NZ$ 0.19 NZ$ 0.95 NZ$ 1.91 NZ$ 19.07 NZ$ 190.74
South Africa R 1.73 R 8.66 R 17.33 R 173.28 R 1,732.78
United Kingdom £ 0.10 £ 0.48 £ 0.96 £ 9.59 £ 95.87
United States of America US$ 0.16 US$ 0.81 US$ 1.62 US$ 16.20 US$ 161.97

Note: These currency exchange rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.

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