It’s an emergency! Zheshi jinji qingkuang! 这是紧急情况！ Could you help me, please? Ni neng buneng bang wo ge mang? 你能不能帮我个忙？ Call the police/a doctor/an ambulance! Qing jiao jingcha/yisheng/jiuhuche! 请叫警察 / 医生 / 救护车！ Where’s the police station? Paichusuo zai nar? 派出所在哪儿？ NUMBERS
Yi/yao 一 2er/liang 二 / 两 3san 三 4si 四 5wu 五 6liu 六 7qi 七 8ba 八 9jiu 九 10shi 十 20ershi 二十 30sanshi 三十 40sishi 四十 50wushi 五十 60liushi 六十 70qishi 七十 80bashi 八十 90jiushi 九十 100yibai 一百 1000yiqian 一千 DAYS
Mondayxingqiyi 星期一 Tuesdayxingqi’er 星期二 Wednesdayxingqisan 星期三 Thursdayxingqisi 星期四 Fridayxingqiwu 星期五 Saturdayxingqiliu 星期六 Sundayxingqitian 星期天 MONEY
Most banks in Beijing will now accept foreign bank and credit cards connected to Plus, Cirrus, Visa, MasterCard and American Express, although there will be a small charge levied (either by Please use the meter. Qing da biao. 请打表 。 How much (is it) to…? Qu… duoshao qian? 去 … 多少钱？ EMERGENCIES your bank or the local one). ATMs are mostly open 24 hours. The ATMs of the Bank of China and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) are the most reliable choices for foreign card-users.
Foreign currency can be changed at the Bank of China, ICBC, CITIC Bank, the China Construction Bank, at the airport, at hotels and at some large department stores. You’ll always need your passport wherever you go. Hotels normally give the official exchange rate but may add a small commission. It’s worth hanging on to your exchange receipts, as you Please use the meter. Qing da biao. 请打表 。 How much (is it) to…? Qu… duoshao qian? 去 … 多少钱？ EMERGENCIES may be asked to show them when you change RMB back into foreign currency before you leave China.
Beijing is no longer the cheap destination it once was. As the city has modernised, so prices have risen. If you stay in cheap hostels, eat in neighbourhood restaurants and buy nothing, you can get by on Y300 a day. For midrange comfort, bank on Y500 a day, which can go up quickly depending on where you stay and what you do. But if you’re a big spender, then the sky is the limit and you’ll find plenty of smart Please use the meter. Qing da biao. 请打表 。 How much (is it) to…? Qu… duoshao qian? 去 … 多少钱？ EMERGENCIES hotels, posh restaurants and luxury shops willing to take your cash. See the Quick Reference section on the inside front cover for exchange rates.
Most four- and five-star hotels, up-market restaurants and shops, major malls and department stores accept credit cards. If you use your credit card for a cash advance at the Bank of China, you’ll pay a steep 4% commission.
Chinese currency is called Renminbi (RMB), or ‘people’s money’. Its basic unit is the yuan (Y), called kuai in spoken Chinese. The yuan is divided into 10 jiao, referred to as mao in spoken Chinese. The Please use the meter. Qing da biao. 请打表 。 How much (is it) to…? Qu… duoshao qian? 去 … 多少钱？ EMERGENCIES jiao is divided into 10 fen. These days, fen are worth virtually nothing and are disappearing from use.
Paper notes are issued in denominations of one, five, 10, 20, 50 and 100 yuan and one and five jiao. You may occasionally see a 2- kuai or mao note, although they are rare now. Coins come in denominations of one yuan, one and five jiao, and one, two and five fen.