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1. Posted by Hannahwa (Budding Member 33 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


Are there ATM's in South China?
If i cross from Laos into China will there be ATM's readily avaliable? (also in Tibet?)


2. Posted by gochina (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Of course. What you think about China? a place where people lived in the ancient? Cities, even towns in China are as moderlized as any developed area in the world. So nothing to worry about, just go china.

3. Posted by jadeleo (Inactive 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

You can find out atm in south china, in guilin, you can find a lot of atm. you are welcome to Guilin.

4. Posted by angela g. (Inactive 19 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


first, no, there are not many atms, either in south china nor the rest of it. to receive money can be very, very tricky for a foreigner. my cards (all of them) for example were not working once in the whole 3 months i was there. i used traveller cheques. but this is also difficult. normally there are only a few banks that accept them. then you will queue at least an hour before the nice lady who of course normally speaks a maximum of 3 english words (i do speak little chinese but it helps!) tells you that only counter 37 (normally the one with the most people already there) can change traveller checks... we normally planned about 3 hours for getting money. the easiest is to change us dollars. i would suggest to change a few dollars when you come to china. and when you have nothing to do you can go on the "find-money-in-china-safari"... :-))

bye, angela

5. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Went to Yunnan recently, and found plenty of ATMs that worked in Kunming, Dali, Lijiang and Zhongdian. I think things are moving quickly - should be able to withdraw cash in any major town or city.

6. Posted by Rong (Inactive 25 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

In big cities, there are many ATM, don't worries, but in small town, there are few, so please take some cash beside you.
Take care:)

7. Posted by Paul3879 (Respected Member 212 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I live and work in China, ATM's everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Though.......normally you have to use a "Bank of China" ATM for your card to work.

There are about as many banks at phone shops in China! You won't miss em!

8. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Yup, ATMS everywhere, though with a foreign card, 95% of the time you need to use a Bank of China or one of the few "foreign" (E.g. Citibank, HSBC etc) Machines.

Occassionally, and for no apparent reason, other banks (Agricultural bank of China and Industrial bank) accepted foreign cards, but this seemed to be totally at random, and not to be relyed on.

Oh, and whilst Travelelrs Cheques are fine, legally (it used to be anyway, not sure about now) only Bank of China [and a few extra places in the very major cities and airports] was allowed to change travellers cheques, and obviously they often had long waits or were closed.

I personally never use TC's, but I know many that do swear by them. Having some hard currency hidden deep in you pack in a coupel of places is a good back up.

If i cross from Laos into China will there be ATM's readily avaliable?

There is NO ATM at the border at Boten. However, ther eare money changers who offer a decent rate from both US dollars and LAO kip. Check the exchange rates before you cross. Note that if you have Lao Kip left after you leave Boten , you will be unlikely to be able to excahange it anywhere else, except to travellers going the other way.

Also, be aware that the first town of note that you come to in China (and unless you are on the direct bus from Vientienne to Kunming, you will need to change here), Mengla, as of 1year ago does NOT have a Bank of China with an ATM. You can change travellers cheques there, but only at one window which had irrageular opening times.

9. Posted by focustour (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

The border between Lao and China named Mengla, There is ATM outside of China Bank Mengla Branch, or you can get your money directly from the Bank.

[ Edit: Edited on May 5, 2007, at 8:25 PM by focustour ]