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Pudong from The Bund
The shopping area near the Yuyan Garden
I have been told that you cannot use Visa creditcard,Travellers cheques,also
thomas cook Travellers cheques as well,in China can anybody advise.
I was in China may/june 2006 and use a visa ATM and a visa credit card. I only used the credit card at a hotel and some hotel's restaurants. Smaller hotels and most restaurants do not take credit cards.
ATM cards seem to only work at Bank of China. Easy to find Bank of China ATMs.
Check with your banks if they add extra fees to foreign exchange. Some add a lot, I got cards do not add anything additional to the 1% added by visa.
Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in most large cities in China and you can draw cash not noly from BOC ATMs,but from ICBC,CCB,BOC,CMB ATMs as well.
RE: RE: Visa
Yes, but as poster no 1 said, cash is king. I lived in China for 2 years until recently and the only places I could use international credit cards was big hotels and their restaurants, and a few department stores. So do get prepared to get cash.
Finding ATMs to get cash was a bit of a challenge for me, as the ones I tried did not always accept the card even though it said international credit cards could be used for withdrawals. So be prepared to have to check a few, then you can go back to the ones that work.
Traveller's cheques were also a bit of a hassle. I did use them in the beginning, and had to go to a particular bank, but once I got used to the routine, there never was any problems. You can check before you leave which banks will accept your traveller's cheques.
as you raised topic under shanghai forum, supposed you'd like to use credit card in shanghai and definately no problem using visa or master card in most department stores, large supermarket chains, lots of restaurants, bars, cafes such as starbucks, never mentioned international hotels.
debit cards bearing cirrus, mastero also accepted on most BOC and ICBC ATMs which you may pay less cashing fees.
What are you planning to use your Visa credit card and various travellers' cheques for, in China? To get RMB cash, or something else? Based on the limited information you gave in your question, you're mistaken on all points. Where in China are you going?
Travel Tips for Shanghai
The Original Shanghai Divas
I would really like to get to know more about the music of Shanghai in the 30s and 40s since it was very influential to Hong Kong pop music. After listening to the CD, all I can tell you is that I can't stop listening to it. Some of the songs on this album go back to the 30s, yet the stellar quality of the songwriting and vocal performances really shine through the pulsating beats and electronic soundscapes. Listeners should keep an open mind about the new reinterpretation of this music. This is not a butchering of the original songs, but is merely an updating of the musical ideas behind the music.
Shanghai to Beijing
(date written : Oct. 16, 2006)
Shanghai to Beijing
Train fare: 499 Yuan
Tax: 5 Yuan
Total - 504 Yuan
Departure date: October 17, 2007
Departure time: 8:10 p.m.
Arrival time: 9:43 a.m. (next day)
Xin Tian Di
Xin Tian Di I believe that most of foreigners living in Shanghai know and love Xin Tian Di because it includes various styles of restaurants and is full of exoticism. Don't miss it if you love cate and night life.
Hua Gang park
Huang Gang garden or Flower harbour garden in hangzhou is a great place to take a stroll. There are big ponds of Koi fishes and birds. There are also beautiful peacocks too, i had a hard time chasing after this one
Little Trouble in Big Shanghai
"Welcome to China"
Hey, I live here so I'm not as up on all the touristy stuff. I mean, I've been to the museums and markets, but I'm sure there's more I am just oblivious to. The problem you'll face most in China is the feeling that nothing is quite authentic. They've destroyed most of their national treasures, sold them, or just let them rot. Some things I highly recommend: Yu Yuan Gardens and Market, Longhua Temple, and the Acrobatic Show at the Portman-Ritz Hotel's theatre.
Yu Yuan is a tourist trap if you don't know how to negotiate. Just know that their indignation at the prices they offer is all an act. Never offer more than a third of their starting price to begin with. I can baragin quite well but still blow 100s of RMB everytime I go, but it's great fun and they've got everything from Mao buttons to "antiques" to Starbucks.
Longhua Temple (not sure I'm spelling that right) is off the beaten path and a working Buddhist Temple right next to the Martyr's Cemetery (hehe). It is small, but I think worth a visit as it is well kept and you can see locals worship and monks wandering around. a little old lady will let you ring the temple bell, good luck, for a fee.
Th Acrobatic show is just amazing. If you are squeemish just close your eyes when throw a small child so high into the air that you lose sight of him from the cheap seats.
The Shanghai Museum is also good, good gift shop, but don't miss the top floor "Minorities" exhibit. The costumes on display are incredible though you may giggle at those that are from "the 20th Century".
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