There are many bank outlets in Chengdu providing foreign currency exchange service. You can change your money into RMB conveniently.
It is strongly suggested that students not go to the place unauthorized to change money. You will risk the possibility of forged notes at these places not eligible to exchange.
Cards issued by many international finance systems can be used on ATMs in China. The most widely acceptable ones are VISA and MasterCard. We strongly suggest you take a card issued by VISA or MasterCard to China.
However, the cards issued by foreign banks cannot be used to get cash from the counter of Chinese banks. If you need a large amount of cash, you have to go to the head office of Bank of China. This case is unlikely possible to happen, as most stores, supermarkets and other places of consumption, including the tuition and accommodation fee in our university, accept cards. Unfortunately, the supermarkets in the campus are still the exceptions – they only accept cash.
BANKS AND ATMS
The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the China Construction Bank as well as the Bank of China provide services for deposit and exchange of foreign currencies. US dollar, Euro, Pound, and Yen can be exchanged to RMB. But the traveler's check is not acceptable there. Large amount of foreign currencies and traveler's check can be exchanged to RMB at the Bank of China located in Chengdu. The banks usually open from 9:00 to 17:00 every day.
On-campus Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) can be found at many places.
ICBC on the right side of SCU administrative building
CCB on the left side of the stadium
BOC behind the SCU sci-tech building