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1. Posted by mk7574 (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y


I'll be going to P.R. China (mainland China) in a few days and I'm a bit curious about what I can take into the country. Naturally I thought a bit of cash would be useful for my travels, as most people would, so I read Air China's information. It is listed below:

Prohibited articles to bring into China

All types of arms, ammunition or explosives
Radio transmitters/receivers or any principal parts
Chinese Renminbi (RMB) in cash form
Manuscripts, printed matter, film, photographs, vinyl records, cinematographic films, loaded recording tapes and videotapes, CD’s, etc, which are detrimental to China’s politics, economy, culture, ethics and national security
Poisonous drugs, addictive drugs, opium, morphine, heroin, etc.
Animals, plants or any products that could be infected with or carrying germs and/or insects
Unsanitary or germ carrying food from infected areas
Any other articles that are prohibited by state regulations

Apparently I'm not allowed to bring cash into China, may I ask if anyone knows why pretty much all UK travel agents are selling the currency? I was advised that I can take a maximum of around 20,000 RMB cash into China by Thomas Cook...
Of course, I believed them and bought 2,500 RMB to start my travels off, so I'm a bit worried and disappointed at the moment.
I'd appreciate some thoughts here,

Martin ;)

2. Posted by stevenwong (Full Member 28 posts) 7y

it should be fine to bring in RMB.

just not too much. 2500 will be ok.

you have to change money at the bank of china, but there will be special queus for forex.

Travellers cheques and pounds are accepted but USD will be easier.

3. Posted by mk7574 (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

So just to confirm, customs won't confiscate my cash on arrival into the country?
Also, do I need proof of a return ticket upon entering China? I've recently read that I do, but I'm not sure if I beleive this source.
I'm due to arrive in China in a few days and only have a one-way ticket, simply because I am going for 1 year to work and can't buy a return ticket from the airlines yet (since they only sell them 1 year in advance).


4. Posted by stevenwong (Full Member 28 posts) 7y

i went to china to be an english teacher for a year, and didnt have a return ticket or a work visa when i entered but I have no problems (but may have changed).

Some friends has had problems at the checkin in London but just said they were traveling and would take the trans siberian back home and they were let in.
point 2 confirms what thomas cook says about the money.

[ Edit: Edited on 09-Aug-2009, at 16:14 by sovarn ]

5. Posted by mk7574 (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

Thanks very much for your help and info, my appreciated!

Cheers, ;)