Question about credit cards in China

Feb 5th, 2010, 02:31 PM
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Question about credit cards in China

I have read here that there could be problems in using foreign credit cards in China. I see that Bank of Shanghai has an International Credit card. Is it worth pursuing obtaining a credit card based in China, basically to pay for hotels? If so, how do you do it? We will be visiting China in late March/April. Thank you.
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Feb 5th, 2010, 03:27 PM
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I've never had problems using a US - issued credit card in China, nor have any of my friends who have made recent trips to China.

What is it you have heard that makes you think you'll have problems?
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Feb 5th, 2010, 03:41 PM
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Like Kathie have said, I think you're mistaken. I've never had any problem using foreign credit cards in china either and my ATM cards work fine as well.
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Feb 5th, 2010, 03:46 PM
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Unless staying at backpacker hostels that may want to be paid in chinese cash, which I assume you are not doing, foreign credit cards are accepted all hotels. Please tell us about the "problems" you hav read about.
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Feb 6th, 2010, 06:38 AM
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Glad to hear that! Perhaps I just mis-read something here on Fodors.
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Feb 6th, 2010, 07:16 AM
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some merchants may charge an extra 3-4% extra for paying with a credit card
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