We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Money Change

Level Contributor
79 posts
54 reviews
Save Topic
Money Change

Would taxi driver take american money or should you change money at the airport?

One post said that the hotel did not take traveler's checks but only cash to exchange. Is this common?

Do you need an electrical convertor for the room?

Will my laptop work there?

Taiyuan, China
Destination Expert
for Pingyao County
Level Contributor
3,693 posts
193 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Money Change

You have to change to local currency--taxi drivers won't take US dollars.

Most larger hotels will convert traveler's checks as well as dollars but overall cash is easier to exchange.

You can also change either at airport money changing windows.

Hotels and some large shops and restaurants will accept credit cards, but most places, you need to pay with local cash.

Shanghai, China
Level Contributor
13,320 posts
1 review
Save Reply
2. Re: Money Change

1) No one will want USD unless they're going to rip you off.

2) Depends on your hotel.

4) No, it'll play instead. ;)

Sherbrooke, Canada
Level Contributor
43,761 posts
825 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Money Change

Only chinese money here. get some at the airport at the money Exchange counter or use your bank card at the ATM next to where you pick up your luggage.

Have you hotel name written in chinese. The chinese name is not even close to sounding like the english name.

In some hotel rooms you don't need a converter as their outlet can handle your computer. if not almost all hotels will lend you one.

Bengaluru, India
Level Contributor
7 posts
68 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Money Change

Most places dont accept Credit cards, except the large stores/restaurants. Some of them display Visa cards accepted, but this may not include international visa cards, but only local ones! Be sure to enquire before you shop.

The UK 3 pin sockets has been the most common adaptor I have seen in the hotels. I have also seen US sockets in some hotels.

Laptops have in built transformers and hence these work well.

5. Re: Money Change

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 29 September 2009, 04:19