• Money for souvenirs, snacks, etc.
    • You should plan on using cash only during the entire trip since credit cards are not widely accepted (credit cards not issued by Chinese banks are accepted in even fewer places). It's recommended to bring at least US$1,000 for you to exchange into the local Chinese currency (called Yuan or RMB) at a local Chinese bank (on the first day of the trip the first thing we will do is go to the bank to change money in case you didn't get a chance to do it previously). You don't have to exchange it all at once, and you can change it back into your home country's currency at the end of the trip if you don't use it all. 
  • ATM card
    • Most international ATM cards will work in most of the ATM's in China, though you will likely be charged a fee by your bank and/or the Chinese bank that operates the ATM. 
    • Important: Make sure to contact your bank before the trip to tell them that you will be going on a trip to China so that they can make sure to allow you to use your card in China. 
  • Credit Cards
    • Though your hotel room is prepaid as part of your trip costs, you will need a credit card to give to the hotel upon check in for a security deposit and/or payment of any incidentals (room service, etc.) that you purchase during your stay. Also some international stores and shops do accept international credit cards. 
    • Important: Make sure to contact your credit card issuer before the trip to tell them that you will be going on a trip to China so that they can make sure to allow you to use your card in China.