Budget planning tool
Punch in your holiday deets below to use crowd-sourced Numbeo data* to help you plan your spending money.
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Pick up locally
With over 140 convenient store locations across Australia, you can securely pick up your Chinese Yuan with no hassles.
Take your first step towards China
China is a history book of development all in one – from traditional farms and agriculture to the pinnacle of information innovation, it’s all waiting there for you to explore. Convert some Aussie dollars to Chinese renminbi (also known as 'yuan') and get ready for a holiday full of culture.
With the Chinese yuan by your side, you can explore the secrets of the Great Wall, the forbidden city of Beijing, the giant pandas of Chengdu, temples hidden in mountain ranges, and plenty of other natural sites you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Once you’ve discovered yourself, get lost in the chaos and craziness of some of the world’s biggest cities, and enjoy some cheap and cheerful shopping.
Important note: Before you ask, yes, Hong Kong is a part of China. But it’s so incredibly massive that it has its own economy. If you’re planning to visit Hong Kong, and/or any other regions of China, it’s important you have the right cash for the course.
Holiday Budget Calculator for China
We get it, doing your holiday budget is a snore fest. It's important though, so we've made it super easy for you to do now. Just punch in your holiday deets and we'll combine destination spend data with our exchange rates so you know how much to take. Easy peasy budget donesy!
Coins and notes
The currency of China is the Chinese yuan renminbi, but it prefers to be called just ‘yuan’. It’s quite a unique form of currency, so be sure to triple-check notes as you hand them out. One yuan equates to 10 jiao, which itself is made up of 10 fen. Think of yuan as dollars, fen as cents, and jiao as… well, something in the middle.
In Chinese currency, you’ll find coins worth 10 and 50 fen, as well as the 1 yuan coin. Banknotes will take you through 10 and 50 fen, 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 yuan each. It’ll take a little getting used to, but it won’t be long until you’ve mastered Chinese currency correctly.
The historical rates chart makes it easy to compare the two currencies. Political, world and local events can cause rates to fluctuate, but you can sign up for currency rate alerts and when the exchange rates are where you want, you’ll get an alert. After all, it takes one to know yuan.
If you want to read about what's happening in currency markets it's worth taking a look at our regular AUD News updates.
Facts about the currency
- The Yuan was originally called the ‘kuai’ (meaning ‘lump’) because currency was quite literally a lump of silver.
- Inflation on the yuan has been astonishing, going up over 1000x over the last 40 years.
- For Bitcoin fans, you’d be intrigued to know that 80% had been exchanged for CNY in 2015.
- The Chinese people were the founders of paper currency, dating back to the 9th century.