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Travellers’ cheques and international credit cards – but not Eurocheques -are accepted in banks, tourist hotels, Friendship Stores and antique shops.

Money can be exchanged in various branches of the Bank of China, Friendship Stores and at the Exchange Counter in tourist hotels at the official rate. Always carry your passport with you.

Business hours: Mon.-Sat. 8.30am-noon and 1.30-5.30pm Some European banks are represented in Beijing but cannot change money. Money exchange counters in hotels open on holidays as well as through the week, and in some cases stay open until late evening. Customs Regulations On arrival Before entry into China every traveller is handed two forms – a health declaration and an entry card.

Forbidden items It is forbidden to bring in, or take out, any of the following: arms, explosives and ammunition; radio transmitters or receivers; written or otherwise recorded materials that may be deemed state secrets or politically, economically, culturally or morally subversive; drugs, fresh fruit or antiques lacking the proper seal.

An international airport charge has to be paid before the return flight.You must be able to produce the articles declared on arrival since these may not be exported from China.

If you are returning to a member country of the European Union the duty-free allowances for persons over 15 are 500g coffee or 200g powdered coffee and 100g tea or 40g teabags, 50g perfume and 0.25 litre toilet water, and for persons over 17,1 litre spirits with more than 22% alcohol or 2 litres spirits with less than 22% alcohol or 2 litres sparkling wine and

2 litres table wine and 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco.

For countries outside the European Union the allowances are as follows: non-EU countries Australia 250 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco, 1 litre spirits or 1 litre wine; Canada 200 cigarettes and 50 cigars and 900g tobacco, 1.1 litre spirits or wine; New Zealand 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco, 1.1 litre spirits and 4.5 litres wine; South Africa 400 cigarettes and 50 cigars and 250g tobacco, 1 litre spirits and 2 litres wine; USA 200 cigarettes and 100 cigars and a reasonable quantity of tobacco, 1 litre spirits or 1 litre wine.

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