Get ready for your trip to China. Order your Chinese Yuan at Manor FX today. Our great exchange rates mean you'll have more CNY cash to spend. Have your Chinese Renminbi banknotes delivered securely to your home or office, or pick them up from the Manor FX bureau near Heathrow.
Manor FX offers fast delivery times and a fuss-free online ordering process for your Chinese yuan travel money.
Travel advise: payments in China
Jet off well-informed to China. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in China.
In China, international credit and debit card payments are accepted only in large international hotels, airports and in some chain restaurants in shopping malls. This is the case for Visa and MasterCard. American Express and Diners Club cards are rarely accepted.
Most Chinese vendors are not able to accept international credit and debit cards.Mobile payments are the main method of payment in China. Locals use apps such as WeChat Pay or AliPay to make payments through their phones. International tourists are not able to use these apps because WeChat Pay, AliPay and other payment apps require a Chinese bank account.
Some British banks may charge for international card payments. In addition your bank's CNY to GBP exchange rate may not be so good. This is how banks make money. Before using your bank card for payments in China it's certainly a good idea to contact your bank. This will avoid your card becoming blocked due to international transactions that your bank may find suspicious.
We recommend to take a good amount of cash with you when you travel to China. Tourists aren't able to use the Chinese mobile payment apps and therefore rely on cash for most payments.
China is a big country with different prices in cities than in rural towns. On average a coffee will cost around 25-30 CNY. A three-course meal in a mid-range restaurant will cost around 80 CNY.
The cost of living in China is on average 40% lower than the cost of living in Britain.
Tipping is not common in China. It's normal practice to pay the exact amount on your bill and leave.
Banknotes in China
The current set of Renminbi banknotes circulating in the People's Republic of China features the portrait of Mao Zedong. Banknotes in circulation are ¥1, ¥5, ¥10, ¥20, ¥50 and ¥100. Low value banknotes, especially ¥1 and ¥5 bills may be worn out and dirty by heavy use. Wash your hands often.
Coins in China
Chinese coins range from 1 fen (0.01 yuan) to 1 yuan. Did you get back from China with some leftover coins? Our sister company Leftover Currency can help you to exchange Chinese Renminbi coins back to cash.
China's currency import and export regulations
There are restrictions on bringing Chinese Yuan into China. The maximum amount per person allowed is CNY 20,000 in cash. The same rule applies for exports. For foreign currency, amounts with a value over $5,000 USD need to be declared when entering or exiting China.
Ordering Chinese Yuan online
Order Chinese Yuan online and have them delivered fast and securely to your home or office, with Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®. Or pick them up from our travel money shop near Heathrow. Click here to buy Chinese Yuan online.
Selling back Chinese Yuan
If you have Chinese Yuan to sell, follow this link to exchange Chinese Yuan to Pounds, click on 'sell currency' and select 'CNY Chinese Renminbi'. We'll pay good rates for your leftover Chinese Yuan.