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Buy Chinese Yuan Renminbi

Whether you pick up in-store or choose home delivery, we’re offering great rates on Chinese yuan renminbi when you order online.

How to get your Chinese yuan

Ensure you have Chinese yuan renminbi sorted out before your trip begins, and familiarise yourself with the process for exchanging additional currency while journeying through China.

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Currency in China

Yuan cash is the official currency in China and is universally accepted throughout your travels in the country, offering ease for shopping, transport, and a range of other situations.

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Buy yuan before you travel

Before you set off, it's recommended to exchange your money for yuan cash at Travelex, ensuring you have the local currency ready for your journey in China.

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Buy yuan in China

Should you also wish to exchange cash for yuan upon your arrival in China, look for the establishment displaying the sign mentioned above. Remember to carry your passport along with your local currency to facilitate the exchange process.

What to spend your yuan on

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    Admission to the Great Wall of China

    40 yuan *

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    Tourist t-shirt

    30 yuan *

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    Bottle of water

    3 yuan *

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    Postcard and a stamp

    5 yuan *

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    3-mile taxi ride

    12.5 yuan *

How many yuan will I need?*

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A deep dive on Chinese yuan renminbi

The renminbi, abbreviated as CNY or RMB, serves as the official currency of mainland China, with the yuan being its primary unit. Internationally, the Chinese currency is commonly referred to as the 'yuan.'

The term 'renminbi' translates to 'people's currency' and was initially introduced in 1948 alongside the establishment of the People's Bank of China. While it can be readily exchanged in Hong Kong and Macau, it does not serve as the official currency in these regions.

More info about Chinese yuan

The most commonly used bills for Chinese yuan are the 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 notes.

Need to convert a currency other than Chinese yuan?

Whether you’re looking for UAE dirham or Thai bhat we can deliver to your home or you can pick up from us in store.

*The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.